It is with deep sadness, that I have to announce that I will not be reopening the store at 2003a Mt. Vernon Ave.  As I had announced a little while back, my intention was to reopen the location in February 2015.

A couple weeks ago, I received notice from the landlord, Dennis Reeder, that my lease was going to be terminated.  Despite the fact that I had over three years left on my lease, he made the arbitrary decision that he did not want the business there that I was planning.  As a result, the owners of Purple Goose, to whom I had sublet the space in May of 2014 will apparently be staying in that location.

I am very sad and deeply frustrated by the turn of events.  What started out to be a good-neighbor gesture on my part has turned into an ugly situation where I cannot return to the location where I had been since June 2008.  

I have received numerous emails, calls, facebook posts and visits from many of you asking when I would return to Del Ray.  I soooo appreciate all of your expressions of interest in me coming back.  Given the situation, I don't know if or when that might happen.  I honestly feel that I have left a part of myself in Del Ray.  I had become so accustomed to all of the wonderful customers and business owners.  I never imagined that I would be booted out of my space so abruptly and tactlessly.
After the holidays I will be evaluating my options and perhaps look for other space in Del Ray.  I don't really know what the future will hold, but I do want to say that my years in Del Ray have been so very meaningful and important to me.  When I did have the store there and I would leave my house to go to the store, I felt that I was going "home."  Thank you for such a great experience. 

I would love to see any and all of you at the Carlyle store.  Please stop by for a visit.  I am there almost every day.

I wish all of you a very festive holiday and a prosperous new year.

With Deep Affection,