Locally owned store Tassels in Fig Garden Village is closing. The closure of the shop — which sold gifts and seasonal decor and offered gift wrapping complete with a little red tassel — surely will be seen by many as the end of an era.
But the end isn’t quite here yet. The store is still open. It’s having a sale and will close when the merchandise is gone, which it hopes will be before the end of January.
The owners are encouraging customers to come in and share their contact information because this won’t be the last we see of the women behind the shop, says Suzanne Yengoyan. She runs the shop with partners Kathy Boone and Gail Perry Henricksen.
Details are slim but Yengoyan said this: “We’re not done being in business. ... We still want to continue to do something creative. We don’t want to get out of it completely.”
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Tassels’ lease is up and the space is for rent. The owners know many loyal customers will be saddened by this news.
“We have a heavy heart doing this,” Yengoyan says. “After just several years of contemplating what we should do, we felt it was best to move on.”
Tassels started in 2006, but many remember its predecessor, Kris Kringle & Co. Yengoyan ran that store with a different co-owner, Kathleen Whitehurst. The 25-year-old store, which was located near where White House Black Market is now, sold all kinds of Christmas-themed items and gifts.
Tassels will be remembered for friendly service, its china bridal registry and the old school service of gift wrapping that you don’t see very often these days. People reminisce about Tassels gift wrapping the way they do about Gottschalks and its gift wrapping.
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I, for one, remember buying a decorated wine glass for a friend from Tassels and the employees wrapping it elaborately with a box, ribbon, of course, a red tassel. As I shopped in the rest of center three people commented on how pretty it was and asked where I got it. Now that’s marketing.
Will we be seeing that red tassel again? I’m not sure, but I’ll keep you updated.