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Mary Katherine’s closing next month

Bridal shop has been a downtown fixture for 12 years

October 15, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A Main Street Marshalltown shop that has been a fixture for more than a decade will be closing its doors this fall.

Mary Katherine's Bridal Store, located at 119 E. Main St. and owned by Mary Curley, is expected to close at the end of November.

"I think we've had a good run," Curley said. "We've been here for 12 years."

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Mary Katherine’s Bridal Store on Main Street in Marshalltown will be closing at the end of November. The store has been downtown for 12 years.

Curley said local people doing their bridal shopping in Des Moines has hurt her business, as has the economy. She said after the countless hours she has put into her store through the years, it was time to slow down.

"You put your whole life into it," Curley said.

The tuxedo rental service offered by Mary Katherine's will move to Willard's Fur and Fashions on Main Street.

Tina Shapley, executive director of the Marshalltown Central Business District, said anytime a business leaves the downtown they are sad.

"She's been around for awhile and she's really done a great job of improving that block," Shapley said. "I wish Mary and her family the best."

The closing leaves Marshalltown without a full-service bridal store. Mary and her husband, Tom Curley, own the building and it will be up for sale. She said she will head into semi-retirement a little earlier than originally planned.

"We're going to miss seeing the people, but it's time for Tom and I to start a new chapter in our lives," she said. "It's been emotional."

The store will be closed this Sunday through Wednesday to mark down items and will reopen Thursday. The musical instrument repair shop, Opus Music, will continue to operate out of the basement of the facility while the Curleys own the building.



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