- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A landmark downtown Northampton store that sells a quirky, eclectic mix of clothing, hats, gifts and pop culture items is closing its doors after almost 30 years in business.

Faces owner Peter Vogel says he’ll close early this year unless he can find a buyer.

He says the store remains profitable but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to run an independent business as health insurance, taxes and electricity and heating costs continue to rise.

Vogel’s father, Steve Vogel, opened the first faces store in downtown Amherst in a former bowling alley in 1971, and the Northampton store opened in 1986. The Amherst store closed in 1991.

The store is also known for its creative window displays.

An exact closing date was not announced.

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