You won't be seeing your Gypsy in Modesto much longer.
The locally owned women's clothing boutique at 920 13th St. will close its doors at the end of the month.
Owner Georgia Anderson, who founded the shop in 1987, said the slow economy has convinced her it is the right time to retire.
"The nail in the coffin was the economy," said Anderson, 69. "We just used up all of our resources treading water these past few years."
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Anderson had a boutique in Riverbank with a friend for three years. When that partnership ended, she started Gypsy, which has been selling unique women's special occasion, work and casual wear, accessories and jewelry ever since.
The shop opened in McHenry Village, then moved several times before it settled at its 13th Street location in 2000.
"The name of the store told people that if they want to look a little different than their friends, our shop can do that for them," she said.
Anderson said many customers have been with her since the beginning and have followed the store from Riverbank to McHenry Village and Roseburg Square.
It's those relationships, she said, that she will miss the most.
"The customers, always, they all become friends after a while," she said. "You get to know them. They like to come in, and we share our lives with one another."
Anderson said she has been proud to be a part of the downtown's evolving and growing scene.
She runs Gypsy with longtime friend and manager Rebel Walton.
Walton started out more than 20 years ago, as a student. For the past five years, she has been managing the store.
Walton plans to open her own boutique in downtown Modesto in September.
Anderson will keep her hand in the clothing world by designing her own. Her line, called Georgia on My Mind, features handmade dresses, jackets and small accessories along the line of those carried at Gypsy.
Still, leaving the shop will be hard, Anderson said.
"Of course I will miss my customers, but, hopefully, I'll run into them here and there," she said. "It was a place I enjoyed going to, and I enjoyed making it a welcoming place for people to come to, more than just the merchandise."
Gypsy is having a closeout sale. All inventory and fixtures are for sale. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Its final day is Aug. 31.
For more information, call the shop at 577-1903 or Anderson at 878-3305.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
The new Kohl's department store in Sonora needs to fill about 130 jobs.
The store is moving into the site of the former Gottschalks this fall and will hold a job fair Saturday to Aug. 12 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.
The store is hiring people to work in customer service, stocking, truck unloading, signage/pricing updates and housekeeping as well as cashiers.
For more information, visit www.kohlscareers.com or call 877-639-5645 to schedule an interview.
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