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More Main Street businesses close, move

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The difficulty of surviving the off-season after a mediocre winter is apparent on Main Street Park City, with many businesses closed until July rather than the customary three-week break prior to Memorial Day.

A few more businesses are switching locations on Main Street, taking advantage of better locations for equal or less rent on a street speckled with vacancies.

The fur and leather store Luxe closed and left after the end of ski season at 591 Main St. next to the Dancing Hands Gallery. The unit is open for leasing now, explained gallery owner Chris Meyer.

It’s a long and skinny space perfect for some kind of retail or gallery, she said. The unit and Dancing Hands share a front door and foyer but is otherwise a separate space.

Baranof Jewelers and Silver Queen Fine Art are moving.

Baranof has already vacated and is looking for a tenant to take the lease. The building owner is Nick Nass, but the lease holder is Tony Hernandez, a member of the family that owns the Alaska Fur Gallery.

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The jewelry store is moving into 537 Main St., formerly occupied by The Turquoise Door.

JoAnne Hall, owner of the Turquoise Door, said Friday she didn’t want to comment on her next move.

Hernandez said he plans to reopen in October.

"It’s just larger space," he explained.

There will be no major changes to the appearance of the store. The extra square footage will permit it to carry more watch brands and mountain-inspired jewelry designs, he said.

His telephone number is on "For Lease" signs in the windows at 523 Main St. Hernandez said he’s had more than a dozen inquiries from people both in and outside of Utah this week.

One of the best perks of the new space is larger front windows. That also prompted Lisa Kaplan at Silver Queen Fine Art to move from 632 Main St. to 577 Main St.

"I’ll have four times the window space and my square footage will go from 1,200 to 1,750 square feet," she said.

The Silver Queen Hotel’s ownership has been in question in recent months. Kaplan said she isn’t interested in sticking around with an uncertain future when she can take advantage of what she considers a better location.


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