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The Main Shop featuring local artists and vendors announces permanent closure after 'really rough year.'

PMG FILE PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - The Main Shop, at 104 E. Main St. in Molalla, will close Jan. 3.

The Main Shop, a makerspace in Molalla, is closing its doors permanently.

The business, owned by Ken Fetters, opened at 104 E. Main St. in June 2019, and it will close Sunday, Jan. 3.

Fetters declined to comment, but posts on the business's Facebook page suggest the COVID-19 pandemic may have had something to do with the closure.

"Despite an absolutely lovely holiday season, it couldn't compensate for a really rough year," according to a post Saturday, Dec. 26.

The post also offered encouraging and thankful words for local patrons.

"Your 'shop local' efforts over the holidays were not in vain," according to the post. "You supported over 65 of your neighbors, not just financially but by appreciating and honoring their creative efforts. This was always the goal of The Main Shop, to highlight the amazing talent this area has to offer."

Fetters opened the business in 2019 after purchasing and revamping the building. The shop has featured art and goods including paintings, photography, leather work and wood carvings from local makers. It also featured jewelry from Lindsey Richelle, a silversmith from Molalla.

In its last days open, the shop offered 20% to 50% off on many items, per a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Most vendors control their own pricing, and the post said many of them would be receptive to offers.

Carol Rosen contributed to this story.

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