Business Brief: Two Susans will close in early January

Business Brief: Two Susans will close in early January

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Two Susans, a gift shop at 65 Main Street in Vineyard Haven, will close in early January, owner Susan Leland told The Times this week. The store’s variety of inventory includes housewares, handmade pottery, garden items, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

“We’ll run sales through Christmas, starting with a store-wide markdown this week of at least 30 percent, then 40 percent, and 50 percent a few weeks before Christmas,” Ms. Leland said. “After Christmas, we’ll mark things down by 75 percent.”

Ms. Leland started the business in 2005 in partnership with Susan Morency, in the basement level store on Union Street that now houses The Collection. Although Ms. Morency sold her share in the store to Ms. Leland a few years later, she remained its manager. Ms. Leland said they continued to function as business partners. In 2009 they moved the store to Main Street.

Ms. Leland said the economy was the major factor in her decision to close the store.

“Even though we’re up in sales this year, still, we’ve been down for the last three or four years,” she said. “And we’re not nearly where we were before the economy went bad.”

Ms. Leland said although she considered keeping the store open for another few years, she and her husband, Les, decided they would like to start spending winters at their home in Florida.

“It’s time to move on for us, but the hard part for me is I’ll miss the people I meet and the great conversations we have,” she said.

Ms. Leland said she is pleased that Michael and April Levandowski, the owners of LeRoux at Home across the street, have leased the Two Susans space and plan to open a gourmet food, coffee and gift shop there.