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Going, going, but Gracy’s not gone

Gracy’s may not go gently into that good night.Karen Carner, owner of Aspen’s longest-running consignment shop, said there is a glimmer of hope that the business may continue in another space nearby. Last week, she said she would have to shutter her business because she could no longer afford the rent.But that news was greeted with a flood of support and opportunities to run Gracy’s elsewhere. The consignment shop opened 30 years ago and has had three owners. The business carries clothing, furniture, housewares, jewelry and various other goods.”Gracy’s is so near and dear to so many people’s hearts,” Carner said. “I’ve gotten so many phone calls and actually some of them are people who own some vacant spaces. Next week I am going to go and look at some spaces.”On Monday she will look at a space just one block away from her current space at Galena Street and Cooper Avenue. Carner did not want to name her potential landlord, who she said is a local businessman.”If we can meet halfway, he wants a long-term lease and I would love to sign a long-term lease,” she said. “If we can find something that will work, I’d definitely go for it.”She said she and her husband, Brad, should have an answer Tuesday about the space.”The thing that’s been so great to me is how wonderful people are and how they are so sad to see an institution like this come to an end,” Carner said. “Everybody wants to see it survive. It’s just been so heartwarming – it’s made me feel like I have a whole lot of friends who I never knew were there.”The emotions between thinking the business was closing and the excitement of having a chance to keep it open is like a roller coaster, Carner said.”It’s kinda like, she’s up, she’s down, she’s up, she’s down,” she laughed. “I’m an eternal optimist and I do believe in miracles. I would love to stay in business. That’s my number one objective – to keep Gracy’s going.”The business, open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will stay open through May.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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