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Tangiers: Going, Going, Gone

Tammy Daniels

Customers thought the little boats in the windows of Tangiers meant owner Barbara May was going vacation.

Barbara May had to change the signs in the window of Tangiers Boutique the other day. She'd put some little sailboats in the window of the Main Street store with signs saying "going, going, gone" and a final note telling customers the shop would close on June 30.

"People were coming in and asking when we were going to reopen," she said on Tuesday. "[Because of the boats] they thought we were going on vacation."

If it's a vacation, it's a permanent one. The tanning salon and gift shop is over and done on June 30 and a new sign makes it quite clear it's not a vacation: "Finished, closing for good, over & done, kaput."

"Our cookie has crumbled," May repeated. "And our ship has sailed."

The salon's struggled to stay open over the past few years. May nearly called it quits in fall 2008, but a last-minute lease renegotiation and an outpouring of support kept the doors open. She'd considered a move to Eagle Street — but the building burned down.

"We tried to be optimistic," she said, but the economic downturn over the past year was too much. "We can't outlast it.

"We tried to donate to the community and we tried to be there creating jobs and supporting things that's why owning a small business is so much fun," she continued. "We just hope that everybody that came here enjoyed it. We had wonderful time and we'll miss it."

The boutique is having a going out-of-business sale; May said the fixtures are also for sale. Its closure leaves yet another empty storefront on Main Street.

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Curtain Closing on Movie Gallery

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There can't be many days left for the Movie Gallery. The shop stopped renting videos a couple days ago and the shelves are beginning to thin out as the price keeps dropping on used videos.

The store still has quite a few half-price games and new videos. If you're looking for a bargain better hurry down; a sign at the register warns "it may not be here when you come back."

The closure, part of a nationwide shutdown for the bankrupt company, ends a chapter in the local entertainment economy. Netflix, Redbox and similar services have closed a lot mom-and-pop and chain rental stores. Movie Gallery was the last major video rental service in the city. Another Movie Gallery closed in the Stop & Shop plaza some years ago. Another rental service operated out of 85 Main St. in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Hollywood Video in Pittsfield, also part of the Movie Gallery chain, was among the first round of closings after the company declared bankruptcy in Feburary.

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