Clara Bows Boutique will be closing its doors, with owner Terry Smith saying the lack of sales has affected business to the point it isn’t viable to stay open.
“It’s not something that was easy to do, but it was definitely something that was very necessary because of the fact in the last year there has been drastic changes in terms of sales, in terms of traffic in this community.” said Mr Smith.
“The bottom line is sales are going to generate revenue, and without revenue the business won’t do well. And I can’t afford to be in a business that is not going to be doing well.”
He said he doesn’t think it’s just the Court Street area, he thinks its island wide. “There are so many other things that are affecting sales and the retail business, and right now its not looking very promising and I cannot afford to be in business any longer than I am now,” said Mr Smith.
Mr Smith said one has to face challenges head on, and he has learned quite a bit, enjoyed the experience and it’s now time to move on. “Everything you do, you should learn from it,” he said.
The clothes at Clara Bows Boutique are on sale, with most items going for as low as $10, and cocktail dresses going for $25. While we were in the store, consumers were stopping in to take advantage of the low prices.
Mr Smith — who is the promoter of the Miss Teen Pageant and Miss Big & Beautiful Pageant — plans to stay connected with the local fashion scene, while hoping to move back into the hotel industry.
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