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Is The Los Gatos Indian Store Closing?

Sign outside of business says closing sale will go on until April 14.

Is the Los Gatos' The Indian Store closing?

A sign posted on its door this weekend said the business' closing sale will go on until April 14 and announces that its owner is hoping someone will buy the store and relocate it.

"We're here, ready to help you with your selections, special orders, repairs, gift wrapping," the sign says signed by Janice Benjamin, its owner.

The shop, 68 West Main St., has been in operation for more than 40 years. It opened in 1972.

It sells Native American designed items, including drums, baskets, books, music, masks, moccasins, pottery and figurines, the listing states.

There's no formal announcement on the store's website. However, Benjamin said Monday that she had posted an announcement about her business closing on Los Gatos Patch earlier this month.

The business moved from a 500-square-feet retail space at Old Town Center to its present location six years ago, according to the release.

Benjamin said the store's final day of operation will be April 14. "All of our options are open. We may be acquired. We may relocate, but it's nothing I can say for certain."

Ed Dee February 25, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Janice sent a "closing the business" card to all her long time customers and fans five or six months ago.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Ed. Waiting for a call back or a response to our email inquiry. Thank you.
Mckenna Smith February 25, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Sad to see her go. At least she's not defrauding her customers like the Opera House Banquets!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Wow, it seems like so many stores are closing & leaving Los Gatos. I didn't even know the Indian Store was still around? Very sad.
Laura Ness February 26, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Sheila, As Janice told you, she sent a press release out about it and mailed a very personal note to all her customers in early February advising them of the store's closing. This unique store is one of the true gems of Los Gatos, and I personally hope it can continue on in a new location.
Larry Arzie February 26, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Janice and Ken, thank you for 2 generations of service and good taste to the community. Your store never went out of style. Your loyalty to your staff and to us will always be remembered. You ran a class act.
Ed Dee February 26, 2013 at 03:17 AM
@Larry. 'Like'

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