A downtown arts and crafts business has quietly closed its doors, less than a year after it opened.
Crews were observed earlier this week removing items from Paradise Two, a shop owned by local businesswoman Mamie Hoffer at 115 South Water Street.
Paradise Two was an apparent extension of Paradise Treasures and More, an interior decorating-oriented business Hoffer owns in the 1700 block of Weeksville Road.
Neither Hoffer nor her husband Ken could be reached for comment Wednesday.
Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. Director Rebecca Cross said she saw Paradise Two being emptied on Tuesday.
“We are always sorry to see a downtown business close its doors,” Cross said.
Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Thorsby said Wednesday she was unaware Paradise Two had closed, but she said she hopes someone will step in soon to fill the storefront.
“I mean, it’s prime real estate,” Thorsby said. “It’s a beautiful location.”
Despite Paradise Two’s closing, Cross said she’s thankful for the investment the Hoffers have made in the downtown. Cross said ECDI looks forward to the couple’s future development of the old Pure Oil station at the corner of South Water and East Main streets.
The status of that project is unclear, however. Since the beginning of renovation work in the former gas station and the adjacent building, which the Hoffers also own, there’s been little visible activity in recent months.
Ken Hoffer, in an interview earlier this year, said his and his wife’s goal was to turn both the former Pure Oil station and the adjoining former Robertson building into a wine and sandwich shop.
The Hoffers paid $95,000 for the former gas station last fall, and earlier this year paid $240,000 for the former Robertson building. Later, they paid $200,000 for the former City Wine Sellar Bakery Deli & Wine Bar, located across the street from the Pure Oil building at the corner of North Water and East Main streets. The space is currently the home of Harbortality Basket, a local eatery.