Eagle-eyed reader “Beads” spotted this listing on Craigslist today:
STORE CLOSING – all must go! (Wallingford)
Need to vacate our current store premises. All merchandise on sale up to 50%+ off! All fixtures, tables, chairs must go too!
Ay carumba! Not a Number closing? We checked in with Kara Ceriello from NaN who confirmed that they are closing their Wallingford shop, in as little as the next two weeks, but held out that the game wasn’t over yet.
“We had things lined up to move into a really beautiful, perfect spot here in Wallingford, but at the last moment, a snag came up, and we weren’t able to do it, but we’re still trying to find another way to stay here in Wallingford,” she said. “For a little while there, we were talking with Twice Sold Tales [book store in the University District] about moving over to Wallingford and sharing the space with us, but they’ve decided to close up shop for good. The owner is taking his books to Vashon to sell them on-line.”
So now, they’re left trying to find a smaller space, somewhere.
“We really want to stay in Wallingford, we love it here and we have great support from the community,” she said. “But we’re also talking with the Chamber and realtors in Ballard and Fremont, too. Of course, Ballard lost their card shop to Wallingford, so…”
Kara and her partner John are well embedded in the Wallingford community, so it would be a shame to see them leave. Kara was president of the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce for years, building up its membership significantly, and John remains vice president of the Wallingford Community Council. In fact, there are few major events that they haven’t had a hand in over the past few years.
“We love it here and are really hoping we can find a way to stay, we just need to downsize our space. Something 800 – 1,000 sq ft, maybe a business that wanted to partner and share the space.”
For our money, that Winchell’s that Rancho Bravo has let sit as an empty, peeling eyesore on the corner of Thackeray Pl and 45th St would be perfect. Who knows?