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“Cultural Crescent” losing consignment shop; business still can be purchased

This news story was published on January 17, 2013.
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The Clothesline is closing.

The Clothesline is closing.

MASON CITY – A clothing store in downtown Mason City’s “cultural crescent” is closing its doors.

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment Shop, which is a member of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, will be closing for business on January 31st.  The store opened this past March of 2012.  “We are so excited to become a part of this increasingly growing downtown!” the store posted on its Facebook page in 2012.

Store management is asking consignment customers to pick up their merchandise immediately.  “If your merchandise is still here on (January) 25th, it is ours to donate. Please make an appointment to pick up your money and clothes.”

The business is for sale and is available to be purchased for a limited time.  It is located at 122 North Federal Avenue.

“It’s basically turn key,” Clothesline management said on Thursday.  “We’ve had some prospects but people think the downtown is a waste of time.  Sad.”

“The building is rented.  They would be purchasing the business along with the racks, cash register ect. We are keeping all the vender info so they would be able to fill it back up with merchandise fast. We turn people away all the time to bring things in so that’s never a problem.”

Management indicated that a sale price is negotiable, and they can be reached via email at or phone at 424-8184, ask for Mary.

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6 Responses to “Cultural Crescent” losing consignment shop; business still can be purchased

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    If they would only had a sculpture in front of their store, that would have made the difference

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    Edward T. Rooney Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry to see this fine little business go. Sorry they drank the kool aid and believed the chamber would help them. It is clear the chamber didn’t save this business, nor did all the millions poured into the downtown.

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    MC is Stagnant Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    The term cultural crescent is so inaccurate. The majority of the residents in Mason City have probably lived here their entire life, and more than likely have never lived or traveled to different cultures to even appreciate what the word means.

    Mason City does not have much to offer. That’s why most of the young people leave. Many of those with any type of education find the options are very limited in Mason City for professional advancement and entertainment. Most of the jobs are dead-end, non-skilled jobs that are often filled by folks that are not interested in culture. Sorry, JMO.

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      Brother Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      So much truth in everything you just said!

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        MC is Stagnant Reply Report comment

        January 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        @Brother…Thanks. It is too bad the situation in this town is not different. There just isn’t much here for personal and professional growth.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Wow-what a surprise this is. Another store going out of business in the Cultural Crescent.