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Michelle Santy, left, costume designer for Phelps School theater productions, reviews props for future performances at the Costume Closet with volunteer director Gloria Frederickson. The store at 304 Superior Ave. in Crystal Falls will close for good after the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Terri Castelaz / Daily News)

CRYSTAL FALLS – After more than a decade, the downtown Crystal Falls costume rental store will be closing for good.

The Costume Closet has long been a one-stop-shop for community members looking for the perfect outfit for Halloween, stage, or special events.

“This will be the last season” said Volunteer Director Gloria Frederickson, who is retiring after 26 years.

A number of factors contributed to the decision, Frederickson said.

“The building is aging and in need of attention,” she said. She also recently lost her husband and son.

Costume Closet volunteer manager Gloria Frederickson shows off some of the pieces available for purchase. The store will sell Halloween costumes throughout the month, with items to be added to the sale in November.

“I feel it’s time for me to move to the south of the state to be with my family” she said.

With the pandemic and other situations, people are doing more of their shopping online, Frederickson added.

The costume rental business was established in 1995 as part of the Crystal Theater. Around this time, the voluntary nonprofit association started collecting formal wear and dresses for productions.

It was first run from the basement of the theater, then moved to the second floor and what is now called Stage Left, Frederickson said. As the inventory grew, they opened at 304 Superior Ave. in 2008 after Jim Kunz donated the old pharmacy, leaving them a suitable space for the collection.

“I felt that this type of service would be beneficial for the community”, she said. “It was awesome. We’ve been involved in so many things, not just Halloween: fashion shows, theater productions, Bible programs, school programs, Christmas skits and even weddings.

The large two-story building now houses hundreds of outfits, as well as thousands of accessories.

“We have everything, from head to toe and everything in between” she said. “It’s amazing what we’ve accumulated over the years.”

Since its inception, the firm has specialized in creative costumes, many of which are handmade and unique.

“I made a lot of costumes myself” Frederickson said. “Whatever people need, I have tried to help them.”

These unique pieces can now be purchased. “Up to this point, we only rented to clients, unless something absolutely had to be sold”, she said.

The choices are endless when it comes to costumes – from classic clowns, witches, vampires, goblins to all fictional and movie characters. There are even classic, renaissance and foreign wardrobe sections.

The second floor mainly houses the children’s collection.

Sizes range from 1 to 14 for children and small to extra large for adults.

“Anything you can think of, we probably have it – just use your imagination” she said. “When people come in here for the first time, they are amazed. “

Frederickson pointed out that they have quality pieces, not the usual discount store items.

Customers will now have to decide not only what they want to be this year, but also what to take for upcoming events.

“I hope it will be a fantastic and fun future for them”, she said.

At the moment, only Halloween costumes will be sold, Frederickson said. Christmas costumes such as Santa, Grinch, and Angels – along with plenty of bridal, furry, and vintage items – will be available in November.

“There is simply not enough room at the moment to take everything out” Frederickson explained.

Items from Frederickson’s personal collection will also be added.

They have a lot of vintage clothes and accessories that are making a comeback, she noted.

“Volunteers will continue to sell items online after the store closes” she added.

Frederickson encourages theater programs or other nonprofits to visit, as she would like to see the items go for future productions.

“The community has been so generous and supportive over the years”, she said. “I thank them for their kindness.

Once the building is cleared, the theater board will decide what will be done with the property.

Shoppers can visit the store from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to October 31. After Halloween, the store will be open with limited hours in November; Frederickson said they would post hours ahead of the November dates.

“I want to end this for Thanksgiving” she said. “And I can thank everyone for everything over the years – it’s never been work, it’s been fun.”

Terri Castelaz can be reached at 906-774-2772 ext. 241 or [email protected]

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