Good Merchandise, a small shop that sold locally made jewelry, hats, candles and other goods, has closed, according to Heather Brynn, an artist and real estate agent who’s now leasing the space.
The shop, opened by AnnaLisa LaFayette in October 2009, has been quiet for months, and several Islanders have posted queries on VashonAll and Facebook wondering about its situation.
Brynn said she believes LaFayette is now living in Seattle. “She just didn’t have it in her to do it anymore,” Brynn said.
Brynn is trying to return the artwork and goods left behind in the store to the artists who made the items and were selling them on commission at Good Merchandise.
Brynn, meanwhile, is working with four other partners to open a new shop in the space — located between The Hardware Store Restaurant and the Vashon Liquor Shop — which, like Good Merchandise, will feature locally made art.
“We’ll be contacting a lot of people we know whose work we appreciate. We’re going to explore it and see how it evolves,” she said.