AYER — After more than nine years on Main Street, the Windowbox Gallery will close its doors forever on June 30.
Between now and then, business co-owner Anne Morrisette is looking to sell both equipment and stock from the framing shop/ art gallery.
“I’m trying very hard,” she said, taking a break between numerous phone calls. “We have three weeks to liquidate.”
To help with that, inventory has been marked down 50 percent. She said the public has responded.
“It’s been a wonderful sale,” she said. “I’ve sold so much pottery and artwork; people have been in buying Christmas gifts.”
Unfortunately for Morrisette and her business partner, Lynne Edson, selling the Windowbox itself has been a tougher task.
The duo had several near-misses over the past year, with the closest call coming in April. A deposit was taken and agreements were written up, but the buyer backed out at the last minute, said Morrisette.
At that point, Edson and Morrisette were already making plans for life after Windowbox.
Edson relocated to Maine over a year ago when her husband secured a can’t-miss job opportunity there. While Edson periodically commuted three hours to help with the business, she took another job in anticipation of the sale in May.
The duo started Windowbox in Groton 15 years ago and Morrisette has no intention of continuing by herself. Instead, she’s looking to the next chapter, which includes her working at the Groton-based sign and graphics company, Local Color.
Even after a year of fruitlessly trying to sell the business, the decision to close was made with mixed emotions, said Morrisette.
“It was easy on one hand, because we knew it had to end,” said Morrisette. “On the other hand it was bittersweet, because we’ve met great people here and customers became friends, but it’s time to move on.”
The duo already extended the deadline to close the shop, several times, hoping to find a buyer. Although that didn’t materialize, they said there’s been a great deal of support from the community.
“People have come in saying they’re going to miss this place,” Morrisette said. “That in itself is pretty rewarding, knowing that we did a good job on Main Street.”
“We are sorry that we’re leaving another empty storefront on Main Street,” she added.