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Design & Interiors of Los Gatos is Closing

Store is already shut down until consolidation sale scheduled for Jan. 16-17 and public sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 18.

Several patrons expressed their unhappiness this weekend with news that Design & Interiors of Los Gatos, 111 N. Santa Cruz Ave., is closing.

Anne Cherry, a local designer, said she thought the announcement "was terribly sad."

Cherry said the company had purchased the business from Ron Martino, one of the most talented home designers in the South Bay, who was in business for about 35 years.

Cherry said the business has been in operation in town for about 10 years. Calls left at the business' number were not immediately answered. A message to customers promoted the same closing sale being advertised on the store's windows.

On the website, it states Design & Interiors also has locations at 170 State St. in Los Altos and at 3590 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

"Great $2 million store closing-consolidation sale! Special private sale! 2 days only!" says a red announcement also posted on the business' website. Another smaller post says stores are closed until Jan. 16 and that the sale is open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

An envelope taped to one of the store's windows had invitations to a private sale scheduled 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 and Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Design & Interiors had a great collection of furniture and home decor, Cherry said. "I'm a designer so I shopped here all the time," she added. "Everything is just hurting. It's the economy and there's the big stores like Costco. There are big places and people have a different set of priorities than they did 20 years ago ... These specialty stores have taken the brunt."

Cherry recalled the closing of Los Gatos Porch, which was also located on No. Santa Cruz Avenue.

Carrie Scott January 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM
We must support our local business if we want to keep them in Los Gatos and continue as a *place for other to visit* to find those unique and interesting special pieces. Keep our economy in our local areas as healthy as we can; shop locally.
Larry Arzie January 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM
The demographic change in the Valley has been dramatic. There is less interest in buying upper end taste level home furnishings. The new"Harvest" will add to our diversity but not replace good old made in America Furniture. This is a wonderful store and it will be missed by a lot of us. I understand it will be re-inventing itself at its other location. I wish them success in a the challenging environment of "getting it cheaper on the web". It may look good there but Design and Interiors didn't sell throw away furniture. Even brick and mortar stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn can not hold a candle to what a small retailer can offer you. I agree with Carrie , shop locally if you want our mom and pops to survive. In our town governments need to create more taxes they have created a environment that increase rents making it all but impossible for small business to survive. I.E. Nicks on Main.
Susan Silver January 15, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I so totally agree. Los Gatos has been my home for nearly thirty years. And I have rented office space in town myself. It saddens me to walk downtown and see so many vacancies and businesses no longer their. I will always try to shop locally and support our small business owners. Just ask the merchants I shop with. Just a little humor their. Is their a way to share space,thereby reducing the costs Of the tenants. I don't know the answer to this,but maybe we can work on this idea,and help our town. Susan Luxury Real Estate Broker
Larry Arzie January 15, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Susan, I have spoken with a lot of relators that are upset with the turn of events in Los Gatos. It is no longer a retail district but an entertainment district. They are upset about this. You can thank our past town council and it, current town manager for this. If you want more small retail then write the town council. Get rid of our planning director Wendy Rooney and our town manager Greg Larson. They have been hear for 10 years. The worst 10 years of our towns life.
Carrie Scott January 15, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Had I know their situation, I would have made an effort to share space with them. What compliments fine furniture; fine art. I have just signed a lease to open a fine art gallery on Santa Cruz Avenue. It has taken me more than 18 months to find an appropriate AND, HOPEFULLY, affordable space. With so many small business just not being able to make it, I have my concerns. It has become quite a risk for small retailers to take the leap. We am hoping to receive a lot of support from the community. Although we have been on line since 2008; it cannot begin to compare with seeing it in person. We hope to see all of you when we open in March. Wishing all of you a prosperous 2013...SHOP LOCAL!
Eric January 15, 2013 at 04:38 AM
I've said this several times - small businesses cannot survive the towns extremely high rents. The town council won't let businesses in that can afford the rent nor will they let anymore restaurants in (but nail salons are great!). So we have the rotating storefronts that usually last less than 12 months. The town needs to decide what it wants to be.
Se Park January 15, 2013 at 07:05 AM
I own an online boutique and tried looking into leasing downtown. Holy cow! The rents are just too high and absolutely untenable for a small boutique. I seriously don't know how any of the other clothing/kids/shoe/knick knack type boutiques stay in business. And I seriously do not want to see any big name big box type retailers downtown. So boring. If I have to see another Gap or J Crew or Banana Republic or Gymboree I will just fall asleep spontaneously. At some point supply has to meet demand and rents must go down. Just what is keeping them so high? It makes no sense.
Diane S. January 15, 2013 at 07:20 AM
With the economy the way it is and high rent in Los Gatos, business' can't afford to stay around. I am surprised residents can still afford their mortgages & rents. How do retired people survive? I love Los Gatos, my father was raised here, now retired, I have been here all my life, & I am raising my son here. Between the 3 of us, we have a combined 141 years here. We'll try to stay as long as we can.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 16, 2013 at 04:27 AM
This is quite sad, but life does happen to all of us. I always say; "When a door closes, there is another one opening". Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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