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Los Angeles-area costume and vintage clothing staple Aaardvark’s to close after 46 years

A Los Angeles-area costume and vintage clothing staple is calling it quits after 46 years. Jon and Donna McCormack, owners of Aaardvark Costumes in Redondo Beach, are retiring following the Halloween selling season, reported the Daily Breeze. Aaardvark’s had as many as nine stores at one time under original owner Joe Stromei. The McCormacks started working at the Hermosa store in 1972 and bought the Hermosa location from Stromei’s family in 2006 and moved it…  » Read more

Spotlight On: Magic Mirror Costume Shop

(click image for more photos) New store owners catering to new markets as well as traditional ones By Zeke Jennings | Managing Editor Costuming isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago, and Kathy Foote surely isn’t running her costume shop as if that were the case. Just prior to Halloween 2016, Kathy Foote and her husband, Frank, bought the Magic Mirror Costume Shop in Traverse City, Michigan, which has been in business for…  » Read more

Competing with Amazon, big-box stores takes toll on third-generation costume shop in metro Detroit

Patrick and Susan Lynch are ready for a break. After spending much of their waking lives running Lynch’s costume and theatrical shop, they have earned it. Patrick Lynch, 57, is a third-generation owner of the Dearborn, Michigan store, which was started by his grandmother, Eleanor, in 1949. Lynch told Crain’s Business Journal his store is still doing “OK,” but not “like the old days.” In short, competing against Amazon and other big-box retailers has taken…  » Read more
Shop Talk: Halloween Gear

Shop Talk: Halloween Gear

Spotlight On: Palm Springs, Calif. There’s nothing temporary about lasting relationships   At the age of 13, Lynn Abdelnour, owner of Halloween Gear in Palm Springs, Calif., started working with her mom in a family business that sold dance and fitness apparel. But come every October, they would order bunny and cat ears and tails from Rubie’s Costume Co. to merchandise with the leotards and tights so that kids could create their own Halloween costumes.…  » Read more