FARGO—A downtown gift shop and art gallery will close its doors next month, but it's not going out of business.
Co-owners Cari Luchau and her mother, Liz Walberg, announced Wednesday, Oct. 25, that the c.lizzy's storefront, 410 Broadway N., will close Nov. 26.
Luchau said it's something they've thought about for a while, a tough decision after a decade in this location and 12 years of having a retail presence downtown after starting along First Avenue North.
"It came down to personal lifestyle," she said. "We wanted to reclaim our nights and weekends and holidays."
The business started in 2002, making artisan and handmade art, gifts, jewelry and more before opening a store. But Luchau said the hours make it difficult to attend her son's hockey games, and her mom often can't make it to her grandchildren's events.
"It's bittersweet," she said about the decision.
The store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday leading up to its final day Nov. 26, which is Small Business Saturday.
But c.lizzy's isn't going away.
Once the storefront closes and landlord Kilbourne Group leases it out to a new tenant, Luchau said the business will focus on its online operation, www.clizzys.com. It will also keep its studio with an alley entrance just north of the store where they'll keep making art and gifts to sell online as well as during pop-up studio events or by appointment.
It'll be a big change, but Luchau said they're excited to start a new chapter that will allow her to remain involved with downtown groups and boards.
"We love downtown Fargo, and so we are thrilled to be able to have our studio and be in the downtown flavor," she said.
The store will hold a customer appreciation day sometime in November. To keep up with upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/c.lizzys or call (701) 235-4902.