After four years of selling lots of jeans and accessories to women, Izzy's Emporium owner Jennifer Ginty said she is closing the store at the end of the month.
Ginty announced the store's closure on Facebook. She thanked customers and her sales manager and wished "much luck" to other business owners in the note. She also urged shoppers "to think before you click" as local businesses are important to communities and suffer from online competitors.
"Andover is home to many shops that add value to the downtown," she wrote. "And, I urge you all to think before you click. Maybe one of the shops in your town has what you need."
A single mother of two boys, she wrote about taking a different direction in life. She did not return calls from the Townsman for comment.
"I acquired Izzy's because I wanted to build a family business and give my children something to be proud of. And, they are. They get a big smile when they talk about how their friends say Izzy's is their mom's favorite shop in town," Ginty wrote. "But I also have to teach them that it is okay to move on when it is necessary."
Izzy's was founded in 2003 by Leigh Heffron, who modeled the shop after her Uncle Izzy, who had women's clothing stores in Salisbury and Salem, New Hampshire.
"Somewhere between small town boutique and big city style, somewhere in time where vintage meets mod, some place where instant gratification meets no guilt; where salespeople still smile and a bargain is really a bargain," is how Izzy’s Emporium was described online in September 2010.
Izzy's Emporium closes May 26.