Honeymoon Bungalow, a Mid City vintage furniture and furnishings store, is closing because of declining business and rising rent.
The store will close Sept. 24, almost 18 years after it opened at 3153 Government St., said owner Marsha Rish. The closing was announced in a Facebook post Wednesday.
“Business is down 70 percent,” she said, sitting back in the store Wednesday afternoon, “plus, the super groovy stuff, we can’t find it like we used to at a price we can resell it. We like to keep prices moderate.”
Honeymoon Bungalow specializes in selling items from the 1950s through the 1970s. “We have a loyal following, but once you’ve filled your home up with stuff, what more do you need?” Rish said. “We need to have a constant flow of new, fresh people. We do have that, but the numbers aren’t enough.”
Along with the declining business, Honeymoon Bungalow was facing a significant increase in rent. After years of paying what Rish called “1950s rent,” the price was set to quadruple.
“It’s time for us to quit,” she said. “I’m OK with it. It breaks my heart, but I’m ready to see where God leads me next.”
Honeymoon Bungalow is set to sell its inventory, store fixtures and display materials between now and September.
Rish’s husband, Roger Poplin, is looking at moving his lamp and furniture repair business into an existing store front. Rish may continue to sell vintage and upcycled items online through Etsy and the Honeymoon Bungalow Facebook page. There may also be a pop-up store set up during some Mid City events, like White Light Nights.
The impending closing of Honeymoon Bungalow is a cautionary tale for small businesses and the people who are fans of certain stores, she said.
“If you have a favorite business, you better support them, or they will be closing,” she said. “Visit them monthly and buy things. If everyone who hit our doors spent $5 or $10, we would not be having this conversation.”
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