A clothing store that's been part of York City's downtown neighborhood for six years is closing its doors.

Flair Fashions, 102 N. George St., will call it quits some time in February, said Andrea Giuffrida, the store's owner.

Making money at the corner storefront has always been tough, but the past 12 months have been the hardest, she said.

"It doesn't seem to be getting any better. I don't know if it's the spot we're in. I have no clue," Giuffrida said. "It just doesn't seem to be working for us down here."

Giuffrida said she's sad to walk away from downtown, where some businesses are indisputably thriving. It's just not been easy for the "casual, sophisticated" clothing boutique, even after six years of listening to customer feedback, she said.

Perceptions about crime and lack of parking seem to keep some potential customers away, she said.

"It seems like anything with food or alcohol seems to do wonderful down here," she said.

But that doesn't mean Giuffrida is walking away from Flair Fashions.

The business will continue to operate its website, www.flairfashions.biz.

Giuffrida said she is also looking for a spot outside the city to open a store.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.



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