Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
Garfield will soon have a place for party trinkets, as Dollar District owners Cathy and Dale Isaacson are closing the Alexandria dollar store and moving some of the party-related inventory into the showroom of their other business venture, Garfield Marine and Storage.
Garfield Marine and Storage, previously known as Alex Dock Lift & Marine, is on State Street in Garfield and provides boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals, alongside other services.
"I'm going to take the balloons out there and have a little party gift shop along with the recreational rentals," Cathy Isaacson said. "We'll see how it goes."
Dollar District's last day in business will be Sunday, Nov. 26. The Isaacsons bought Dollar District five years ago, but a number of factors took a toll on their business and they decided not to renew their lease. The store is located at 2420 State Highway 29 S. in Alexandria.
"Online shopping has really cut into our business," Cathy Isaacson said. "Then the Dollar Tree went in across the street a year after we opened. And then Kmart closed and industrial manufacturing went in next to us, so our retail traffic has disappeared."
Cathy Isaacson says many customers have expressed sadness about the store closing and losing their favorite place to buy balloons, which is why she chose to relocate the balloon equipment.
Both latex and Mylar balloons will be available for purchase. Latex balloons are made from a liquid rubber, while Mylar balloons are made using a nylon sheet covered with plastics and metallic materials.
"Balloons are very popular, especially balloon bouquets," she said. "We put Hi-Float in them so they'll last up to 10 days. Mylars will last forever and I try to buy the high quality ones and sell them at a reasonable rate so people can afford them."
All Dollar District inventory has been marked down by at least 30 percent.
Any inventory remaining after the closing date will be put up for auction on K-Bid, an online auction platform. Cathy Isaacson says the hope is to have the items online by Saturday, Dec. 2, and to have bidding open for two weekends.