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Entwined Floral to Close Shop at End of the Month

Another victim of the economy, Entwined Floral announces it is closing after three years in downtown Grayslake.

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.

LMJ December 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM
How sad. I hope these people find another job quickly. Brad Faxton, here is another opportunity for you to explain how everything is good in Graylake's taxes. You are loosing your arguments. The whole city/district knows it.
Brad Faxton December 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Nobody buys flowers. I'm just totally irritated that the billions of tax revenue is now lost from this massive business. How am I going to ***POSSIBLY*** afford to live in GL anymore. Side note - you don't live in GL.
GoBlue December 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
LMJ give me a break. Small businesses close all the time for any number of reasons. this business just as easily could have failed in other other village. It is not just the tax levy that caused this. It is time to stop blaming the tax levy for every single business that fails.
LMJ December 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Just another brick in the wall, right. How sad that you all can't feel the pain of loosing your business and then you would see what it was like. You must have a VERY secure job. Good for you.
Brad Faxton December 06, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sorry - I'm a union protected iron worker. You can't fire me.
GoBlue December 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I feel bad for anyone that loses a business. It is absolutely nothing to make light of. My issue is with the fact that you take every opportunity to attack both the school board and the tax levies. No one likes paying more in taxes, but to say every move made is the cause for a small business folding is ludicrous. Neither you nor I have any idea what is going on in a small business that fails. Higher taxes may be part of it, but there are many other mitigating factors, such as: decreased demand for their product, increased cost of goods passed on to consumers, increased operating costs (utilities, rent, etc). A business can fail at any time even in a good economic climate. So let's drop the conspiracy theories shall we.
Sandra Sims December 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Since one of the business owners was quoted in the article saying that the reasons for closing included the economy and the rent being too high, I think we can safely say that the out of control property tax situation in GL contributed to the business failing. In other news, Brad Faxton continues to be an idiot.
LMJ December 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Okay, Blue, did you see the business owners that came to the d46 meeting and presented? Surely you haven't, because if you did you would see what business owners are saying around here. Don't take my word for it. See how anxious they are to have d46 raise their taxes. Ask them how much they pay out in taxes and if they would be able to keep their business open if their taxes weren't so high. It is not conspiracy, when it is fact. There are other government organizations in Grayslake, that are yielding to the FACT that the raise in taxes are unsustainable and plain suicide to businesses and residents. They get it... why don't you? More residents are coming to the district meetings telling the board as well... don't raise our taxes. Go and view the videos yourself, and by all means, call it conspiracy.
GoBlue December 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I know what is going on in the district LMJ. I agree there are major issues on the CCSd 46 school board and that there needs to be a change in members. I also agree that we need a new Superintendent, as Correll is to polarizing a figure. Unfortunately, what the board cannot control is the fact that Illinois cut their funding and is not giving money to the district that it expected. I also know that they way Illinois is set up, the board has no other option to get money other than tax levy. The system stinks, but that is not the board’s fault as they do not create law. Can the board do a better job budgeting. Absolutely. Should they have done a better job planning for the future? Absolutely. But I have a hard time blaming them when the only avenue available to them to raise money is the tax levy. As for businesses in Grayslake, not really the boards fault that we do not have a lot of businesses in the district to begin with. It is mostly residential and that puts a greater burden on the residential and business taxpayer. I do not have the answers, but I firmly believe that the vitriol that you and your husband spew out does not help anyone. All it does is polarize people and cause divisiveness to prevail.
GoBlue December 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Right Sandra and the taxes are only one part of that. The economy is what it is. The board does not control all the factors that lead to a property owner raising the taxes. Maybe the property owner wants to sell the property. Maybe the property owner wanted more money. Who knows? All I am saying is that businesses fail all the time even in good economic conditions. This is not mutually exclusive to Grayslake.
PB&J December 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Thank you GoBlue for explaining it correctly.
Terri January 25, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I guess they did...and pretty quick, too! Of course, they're in that high rent Grayslake again. So, who won that argument? http://grayslake.patch.com/articles/shuttered-entwined-floral-finds-new-life-as-bloom-room
Terri January 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Right, Sandra...they also said they might reopen. http://grayslake.patch.com/articles/shuttered-entwined-floral-finds-new-life-as-bloom-room
Terri January 25, 2013 at 09:02 PM
So what are you...0 for 3? Piggly wiggly Last chance Entwined

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