RazzBarry to retire

Armory Square shop closing; shop girl excited to be moving on

The first official Armory Square boutique, RazzBarry, is packing it in. No, it's not the economy, or the evolution of the square, but essentially the closing of a chapter. And this one is most definitely NOT chapter 11.

Proprietress, Theresa Barry, wants to move on while she's still upbeat about her absolutely upbeat, whimsical, quirky, irreverent shop. A 15-year run is pretty magical for a small business, especially for a hip shop in retail. Like an athlete Barry wants to go out while on top and strong.

"People keep coming in and are concerned that it is about the economy," Barry said, "But it's just not the case."

Razz Barry - is hard to describe in that it was always evolving and fresh in a semi-naughty kind of way. Her home goods were always fun, she sold comfortable clothing and lots of crazy gag gifts at a price point that kept customers coming back. In essence, she sort of majored in retro. And always, Razz Barry was an original like Barry herself.

The shop will remain open until the end of August. There may even be a closing gallery-type party. One never knows when it comes to RazzBarry. The shop is located in Center Armory, at 181 Walton somewhere between the Blue Tusk (famous for it's beerness) and Isadora (noted for it's quality lingerie).

With Barry's sense of style and her interest in the peculiar, it will be interesting to see what her next chapter brings. While change is upsetting, evolution is essential.

Armory Square is an area that continues to interest people, because of the entreprenuerial spirit that developed it and remains today.

Armory developer, Robert "Bob"Doucette said, Barry has been a fantastic tenant.

"She created exactly the kind of store we look for in Armory Square," he said.

His added that his tenants are creative people interested in inhabiting an urban environment. The unusual vibe keeps people coming back to see what's been cooked up next.

Stop in and check out RazzBarry's sale and while you're there wish Theresa and her shop girl, Jenn, bon voyage or visit online at razzbarrysyracuse.com/.

And, those interested in opening up shop in the Square can contact Doucette at 422-5381 - ext. 13.

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