Going Out of Business Sale at Luv and Other Gifts
189 Mass Ave., East Arlington
February 1 — Luv and Other Gifts, the nearly four-year-old artisan gallery and gift store, located at 189 Mass Ave. in East Arlington, will hold a liquidation sale beginning today and continuing through Tuesday, February 28, when they will close their doors for good.
Customers will receive 30% to 70% off everything in the store, from nature photography, watercolor prints of Boston, fine jewelry, accessories, woodwork and glassware. Furniture and fixtures will also be for sale.
Luv will host two fare-thee-well events as part of Capitol Square’s annual “Romancing the Square” community event on Saturday, February 11. “Yappy Hour” will take place from 2 to 3pm for well-behaved dogs and their owners to come by and say farewell to Nigel, the store’s shop dog, and enjoy some special Polkadog treats. And from 4 to 6pm human guests are invited to “do the hustle” at a 70s themed “Neighborhood Mixer and Disco.” Guests who dress the part will receive a free gift.
“I think I’ll miss Capitol Square’s community events the most,” says owner Diane Buxton. “They bring all of my favorite customers together and have resulted in some great friendships.”
Luv’s business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more information about Capitol Square community events, sign up for the newsletter at www.capitolsq.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capitolsq
Excerpt from a letter to Luv:
Dear Luv and Other Gifts,
I’m going to miss you. I’m going to miss the smile you bring to my face every day when I walk through your door to see all of the beauty and color and talent you hold. You were born after many years of longing, research, and visits to your inspirational counterpoint in California, Coop 28 in Los Feliz, CA. One day, the stars aligned, help appeared, and seed money became available. Your name came from a birthday card from my late mother that I have displayed in my home. It reads: “Daughter, you will never be alone in this world as long as there is love. And there is always love.”
And you have brought me so much love. Love for the Capitol Square neighborhood. Love for the neighboring businesses whose owners work so hard to make this little area of East Arlington into a community. But mostly you have brought me the love of many new friends who I will miss seeing on a daily basis. You brought me the space and time I needed to welcome Nigel into my life and into the lives of the many puppies in the neighborhood that we see so often. You gave me the space I needed to get to know myself better, to take a risk, to try my hardest, to hope for the best, to reach for a dream and to be my own boss.
East Arlington is a special place, with people who want to see independent shops succeed, that know it’s their regular support that will keep the chains away.
When I think too much about the end of this chapter, I only have to remember Trisha from Quebrada and things fall quickly into perspective. Life is short. Nothing is that important. There’s no such thing as perfection. And when you fall down, it’s getting back up that matters. You choose how to proceed. And Luv, I am not leaving you, because you are now part of me.