By February, Southern Pines will be operating without three of its businesses — two of which have storefronts on Broad Street. Play Escape, The Estate of Things and Framer’s Cottage took to social media recently to announce their closures in the past week.
Play Escape is Planning its Last Hoorahs.
The 4,200-square-foot kiddie gym (shown above during a pre-COVID story time) will be closing its doors on January 31 after more than five years of birthday parties, rainy afternoon shenanigans and field trips.
“Sadly, Play Escape will not be surviving the COVID pandemic,” owner Aslynn Rust wrote in this post on the business’ Facebook page. “But we want to go into the new year full of gratitude and wonder for the amazing adventure we were fortunate enough to experience.”
The Estate of Things to Move to Online Only Sales
Owners Betsy Moyer and Sarah Farrell plan to shutter the square footage at 168 NW Broad Street.
TEOT opened its first brick-and-mortar in 2016 in the Belvedere Plaza on Pennsylvania Ave, and expanded to Broad Street two years later. The shop will close on Feb. 1 following a monthlong liquidation sale.
“It was a choice that we made carefully and even though we are feeling loss, we are also very relieved to be a little more free for the next dream,” Betsy and Sarah said in a joint statement on Instagram.
Framer’s Cottage is Closing After Two Decades on Broad Street.
Owner Lindsay Rhodes says they’ll be turning in their keys to their storefront at 162 NW Broad Street officially at the end of February. Lindsay’s mother opened up Framer’s Cottage in 2001 — just two months after 9/11.
“We all said she was crazy, but it all worked out,” Lindsay says. “Now, we’re laughing to ourselves that we came in during a national crisis, and we’ll be heading out during one. But, I’m so appreciative of all the customers for giving us 20 amazing years. We’re excited about what’s next.”
Everything in the store is now 25 percent off, and Lindsay says those sales will only get deeper as they inch closer toward move out day.