Stuart shared a statement from Gordo, the store's manager stating that "after 28 years in business serving the needs of the city’s fun seekers and costume-deprived, this lil’ queer owned and operated 'Pop and Pop' shop is preparing for a special event of [its] own—a funeral."
When we stopped by, Gordo wasn't present and an employee refused to confirm or deny the closure. An email sent to the store was not returned before this story went to publication.
Gordo, who assumed management about seven months ago, told Stuart that rising costs, changing demographics of the city, as well as an old fashioned business model that can’t compete with today’s 'on demand' needs and competition from Amazon contributed to the decision to close the store.
The manager of the longtime Lower Haight costume shop also explained that landlords weren't at fault. "They’ve always been great. Rising rents, on a twist of the narrative aren’t the issue," he said.
The store was redesigned over the last couple of months, but Gordo said that the location wasn't turning a profit.
Regularly ranked on lists of the Bay Area's best costume shops, the location is known for its wide selection and knowledgeable staff. Higher-end than most party shops, many costumes are rentals, such as pirates, animals, and pop culture characters.
Costumes on Haight is located at 735 Haight St. (between Pierce and Scott) and is open every day from 11–7.
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