Growing Up Green is closing.

Saturday is the last day for the shop at 266 W. Market St. in York City.

"Competition from the Internet has made it extremely difficult to grow a business in this economy," said owner Heather Klinefelter.

She opened the store two years ago, selling cloth diapers and other natural, environmentally friendly products for babies and children.

"The natural lifestyle is driving a culture change in our society. It's really been a part of York, and I've loved being a part of it. And I've really loved holding all those babies," Klinefelter said.

The city resident said she will continue to sell merchandise during special events.

Klinefelter will participate in YorShops at Central Market from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and the York Academy PTO Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 34 N. Beaver St. Items she will be selling include toys, cloth diapers, baby carriers and accessories.

She will also be involved with Go Green in the City, an annual event downtown that promotes green living and local businesses.

"I'll always have my plants in the spring. I think I was known as the plant lady first. I'll always do that," Klinefelter said.

After the store closes this weekend, she said, she hopes to return to work in communications and marketing -preferably at a nonprofit downtown.

"I want to save up some money and reopen the store in a few years," Klinefelter said. "I'm just not able to continue to operate it in the same manner.


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During its last two days, the store will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Nearly every item in the store is marked down 50 percent off, she said.

For more information, call 968-9606.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.