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Beloved Costume Store Lucy in Disguise Closing: Southern Congressional Fixture Closing at Year’s End

Closure of the Southern Congress game at the end of the year

Owners of Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds, the costume shop that has kept generations of Austin fancy dress and theater performers in spectacular outfits, have announced the business will close at the end of the year (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Get ready to say goodbye to zebra Carmen Miranda at South Congress. After 38 years in business, costume shop Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds will be closing its doors at the end of the year.

Located at 1506 South Congress, for nearly four decades the store was a staple for revelers and theater costumers, with its assortment of masks, outfits, accessories and costume jewelry, and its closure was met with immediate shock. and disappointment by fans. and customers. The announcement was made this afternoon on Facebook and Instagram:

After 38 years of activity, Lucy in Disguise will close at the end of this year. Our owner, Jenna Radtke, opened the store in 1984 and since then the store has survived many changes and has become an institution in Austin. There are not many year-round costume stores in the world, and we are very grateful to our customers for their continued support. We loved being a source of creativity and inspiration for your parties, plays and productions. It was a pleasure to fulfill your costume dreams and fantasies. Thank you from the heart.

In anticipation of our closure, we will be moving to a “purchase only” model starting August 31st. Rentals will cease after August 30. At the moment we still have a lot of stock and are ready to have one last Halloween with all of you. As we will not be restocking, we recommend you arrive early if you wish to shop with us and we hope you do!

There’s no reason yet why the 14-time Best-of-Austin winner (12 times in the Readers’ categories and a two-time Critics’ Choice) is shutting down. However, South Congress has become a real estate hotspot, with many established and familiar, even iconic businesses closing and sites often demolished. Over the past decade, Austin originals such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, the SFANTHOR was a museum, and more recently, Tesoros Trading Company have either closed or moved to cheaper sites. Even if real estate costs have nothing to do with the closure, it’s not hard to imagine that there will be a lot of interest in Lucy’s location.

For now, Austinites will still have a chance to indulge their costume fantasies until the end of the year.

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