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Another Norwalk business folds: Fancy That closes doors

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Norwalk city council members said they remain in the corner of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. (NEDC) despite a series of announced business closings in recent times.

City council funds the NEDC about $58,000 each year, with $55,000 of that going to the NEDC directly and $3,000 being allocated to the Main Street Norwalk program.

The business news in Norwalk recently hasn't been pretty.

Janesville Acoustics announced in August it would close by the end of 2014, putting nearly 300 people out of work.

EPIC Technologies officials said last month it would close its Norwalk facility doors, leaving 85 more employees jobless.

Just this month, Kmart, Crider Jewelers and now Fancy That all announced closings.

The upscale flower shop at 28 E. Main St. opened in the summer of 2011, the creation of co-owners and operators Judy Mahan and Rachael Mayer, both of New London. At the time they opened the store, Mayer and Mahan already had a combined 46 years experience in the floral business. They met while working as employees at another flower shop.

Touted as an upscale, eclectic and modern shop, Fancy That offered a good selection of exotic flowers, including orchids, calla lilies, hydrangeas and anemones.

The NEDC is led by executive director Ellen Heinz, who has held that position since January 2009. Heinz's major function, according to city officials, is to retain and attract business.

A story that included council members' thoughts about Heinz and the NEDC was published in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.

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