Barret Avenue will get a little less kitschy this month as Regalo Gifts just announced the store’s departure from the dwindling business corridor. Co-owner Jon Freels tells IL the last day for the gift shop/art gallery will be Jan. 18.
Regalo will be closed Jan. 11-14 as the owners — Freels, J.D. Dotson and Laura Applegate — reorganize inventory and move some of it to their three other locations (562 S. Fourth St., inside the Galt House, and 234 E. Pearl St. in New Albany). The official “moving sale” will then take place from Jan. 15-18.
“We depended on Lynn’s traffic,” says Freels about the still-for-sale Lynn’s Paradise Café, which has sat empty now for two years. “The continued decline in businesses on Barret is the main reason we have decided to vacate.”
Freels says the store typically has exceptional Christmas sales, and this year was no different. However, the rest of the time they depended on the high frequency of foot traffic Lynn’s brought to the neighborhood.
“It’s definitely sad for us — this is our baby,” says Freels. “We’ll miss the great people in the neighborhood, but hopefully they will follow us over to our Fourth Street location.”
Regalo opened at 982 Barret Ave. in July 2002. Other Barret businesses that have recently closed or relocated include Revelry Boutique & Gallery (now in NuLu) and Nuts N Stuff, while Speir Hardware, which has held court along Barret for 70 years, is currently up for sale.