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Groovy Ghoulies Costumes closing its doors after 38 years in business

A longtime costume shop in Mesa, Arizona, is calling it quits.

Groovy Ghoulies Costumes — formerly Bubbles of Joy — is closing at the end of November after 38 years in business, it posted on its Facebook page and was reported on by the East Valley Tribune.

Owner Denise Horn, daughter of founder Howard Faber, didn’t cite competitors, online or brick-and-mortar, as the reason for not staying in business. She feels the biggest factor is the changing landscape of the shopping district. Once a bustling area with a busy mall, the Fiesta District doesn’t get the traffic it used to.

Horn said customer service and creativity is what helped the store thrive for so many years. “The thing that has always separated us from temporary stores is my dad,” Horn told the Tribune. “He instilled in all of us (the importance of) customer service and, because of that, people come back.”

Denise Horn and husband Larry Horn tried to find an alternative location for Groovy Ghoulies for nearly a year, but weren’t successful.

Andrew Faber, Denise Horn’s brother, took over the balloon division of the operation when their father retired in 2012 and moved it to nearby Gilbert. It still operates under the name Bubbles of Joy. 

Originally posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2017