A popular downtown Grayslake florist and gift shop, Eventually Entwined, has announced it will close at the end of this month, after being open at 122 Center Street for about three years.
Owners Kelly Chase and Kate Rice originally purchased the former Barb's Florist four years ago then relocated around the corner.
"It's just the economy, big box competition for floral businesses, rent too high," Rice told Patch.
"We might carry on, possibly open a new location. We just don't know yet."
Entwined, which was named one of three finalist in the Patch 2012 Readers' Choice, was interviewed by Patch last month for a Small Business Saturday feature, Businesses in Grayslake's Downtown are Striving to Thrive.
Entwined's Facebook page announced the store closing Tuesday:
After four years we have to shut our doors. Everything must go! 30-50% off everything. We will be here till the end of the month.
Loyal customers posted their regrets:
I want to wish you the very best, you are some of the the coolest small business owners that I know of, and in a way, you've inspired me to be a better LOCAL consumer, shopper & diner.
Kelly and Kate, I am so, so sorry to hear this. You are my favorite florists ever and I am quite particular when it comes to florists!
So sad to see you guys go. You guys did such an amazing job for my wedding and you so are gonna be missed!
Co-owner Kate Rice told Patch the store closing sale will offer merchandise, including holiday items and furniture, 50 percent off. For more information, call (847) 223-6200.