Unique Dallas Shop To Close After 10 Years
DALLAS — Lyn Carey took a risk when she opened Earth and Wears, an art and gift store, 10 years ago.
Now, she’s closing her shop in Dallas to take on another venture.
Her daughter called her in November with an offer: come be her business partner at a store in Burlington, Vermont.
Carey had just a few days to think about it.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said. “I’m taking the plunge.”
Her daughter already owns two stores in the state. Carey will help with a third shop, called Trinket, although the pair may change the name.
In the meantime, Earth and Wears will be open at 68 Main St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, its final day. The entire store is 20 percent off and some items are up to 40 percent off as Carey unloads merchandise ahead of the move north.
The last few months have been a rush. The holiday shopping season gave way to customers coming in a final time, some offering hugs or bearing cookies for Carey, as they looked through the tiny shop.
Carey sold art and gifts from about 80 different artists as well as her own ceramic jewelry. Once she is up and running in Vermont, Northeast Pennsylvania customers will be able to view her work on an Etsy site.
She went against prevailing advice when she opened a store during the Great Recession.
“It was a learning experience. It was very important that I had things handmade and made in the United States, and I’ve stuck by that for the 10 years that I’ve been here. People are just so happy to have things handmade,” she said.
She found success, even in a difficult financial landscape.
“It’s been a wonderful journey with my Earth and Wears makers and all the people who have supported the shop,” she said. “It’s going to be very bittersweet to go.”
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