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Lavish Store Closing

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Lavish, the longtime gift, stationery and much more store, is closing its last door in Highland Park at the end of the month. The Maple Grove store has been shuttered already. It’s a straightforward story of small retail economics: owner Kathy Honey says the rent in St. Paul, next to Lund’s on Ford Parkway, has climbed to $13,000 a month. For a local shop selling cards, gifts and other non-essentials, “It’s proving difficult to do,” she says. All remaining merchandise is now 30 to 60 percent off.

Honey isn’t giving up, rather, rethinking her business model. She is forming a new company called A Little Lavish and plans to do gift and accessories trunk shows at senior living centers, as well as occasional sales. She hopes to have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair as well, and promises a few more tricks under her signature hat. “I’m sad for our loyal customers,” she says, “but I feel this is the wave of the future for small, independent retail.”

Until Honey launches her new blog, you can keep up with Lavish on Facebook.

Gone like the wind

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

StormSister Spatique is packing up its moisturizers and closing its St. Paul boutique at the end of October. After four years of trying to make it work in her west side neighborhood, Becky Sturm is tired. She held on through the worst of the recession, but says she’s found little support from community banks and business organizations. It’s yet another reminder that we have to support the shops that make our city cool and unique if we want them to be around. StormSister Spatique will live on online, which is where it started and has always been the bigger business. And stay tuned: Sturm is developing a beauty product of her own. With her industry smarts and passion for all things pretty, you know it’s going to be good. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved