Chelsea Snow calls it "the end of this era" when writing on her blog
about why she has decided to close Bricolage
—the kitschy, crafty shop and gallery at 418 S. Sixth St., that sells clever cards and Idaho-themed apparel.
"After six amazing, challenging, fulfilling, tedious years, I've decided to close Bricolage," Snow wrote. "Stores go in and out of business all the time. Opening (or closing) a retail business is sort of the easiest thing in the world to do—capitalism just does what it does, and we all understand and accept this. So why the long-winded, highly personal and overly emotional explanation? Because Bricolage is more than that for me. Maybe it is for you too."
Snow described the circumstances in which she opened Bricolage in March 2010—in the midst of "insurmountable medical bills," struggling to support her kids and "dealing with the grief of my ended marriage." She foreclosed on her house and continued to keep Bricolage afloat.
Eventually, Snow moved to Portland, Ore., and tried running the store from 400 miles away—but that didn't work, either. According to her post, Snow stated there has been a 40 percent decline in sales since she left. She created a GoFundMe account
to help pay off the debt left over from the store (asking for $5,000 under the banner, "If people want to give, let them").
Snow hinted that something "really exciting" will be happening in the space after Bricolage is gone, but offered no details.
All stock is 30 percent off now until the business closes Saturday, March 19—including the fixtures and furniture in the store. Bricolage will host some Treefort Music Fest
events, then turn the keys over the new tenant by the first of April.
"If you object to this decision, cash offers for the business will be considered," Snow wrote.