For business owner
She had four months to move her store -- the Teeny Weeny Miniature Cottage -- out of the second floor space she had leased at
Clark wasn't alone.
Five other businesses leasing space on the second floor would have to move out, including Kitchee Gammi
But Clark was the only
retailer. And her 3,500-square-foot space was filled with her dollhouses, dollhouse furnishings and accessories and kits.
Rent had been good, about
By late January, the
66-year-old Clark was getting desperate.
"The cheapest was
She quit looking downtown.
Her search moved on to
"I was walking all over," Clark recalled last week. "Every bitter cold day, climbing over snowbanks, knocking on doors."
In early February, she drove down
"I looked around, and I said, 'I can make it work,' " she said.
But with thousands of items in her store, from miniature Tiffany-style lamps to jumbo handcrafted dollhouses and display cases, it took a month to move, pushing her past her
And moving from 3,500 square feet down to 1,700 square feet was an added challenge.
Today, six weeks after the move, boxes still fill the store, waiting to be unpacked, and dollhouses wait to be furnished for displays.
Setting up the store will take some time.
She's starting in the front of the store and will work her way to the back, while still being open from
"People have been buying out of boxes," Clark said.
Prices range from
Some of Clark's customers have found her new location in
The store has a small niche market, mostly women older than 55.
"It's not for children as much as the collector," Clark said.
But, she says, "men's eyes pop out" when they see the craftsmanship of the dollhouses and the intricate wiring she does that lights up the rooms.
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