Tanglewood Forest to close after 28 years in Nevada County
After 28 years, Marci Wolfe is saying goodbye to the forest.
Wolfe has decided to close Tanglewood Forest — a store filled with fairy-inspired accessories and collectibles — at the end of the year.
She wants to divert her attention from the store, located at 115 South Pine St. in Nevada City, to her online Etsy shop, where she sells designer hats, masks and bridal accessories.
“I really love to make my things and create things, and I don’t have time to do both,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe, an artist who has had a successful career designing costumes, theatrical sets, dolls and more, opened Tanglewood Forest in Rough and Ready in 1987 after spending several years hawking her creations at craft fairs.
The business relocated to downtown Grass Valley, and then to Broad Street in Nevada City before moving to its current location.
The store has a fantasy-land feel, with collectible elves, pixies and fairies perched on tree branches throughout the shop and fairy dust by the door.
Keeping a small business afloat takes hard work, Wolfe said — and she’s relied on the help of her family, including her mom, Anita Wald-Tuttle and her sister, Sue Hollon.
For Wolfe’s family members, the store requires devotion, including working long hours and putting in time on holidays.
Tanglewood Forest has been able to stay in business for so long, Wolfe said, because of her loyal customer base. It’s not uncommon for people to make a special trip from the Bay Area and beyond to browse the store; Wolfe said she also has adults who visited the store as kids now bringing their children in to shop.
“This community has been so supportive of us,” Wolfe said. “There’s a lot of people that just say, no, I do all my Christmas shopping in your store, I don’t want to go to the mall, I don’t want to go down the hill, I just feel like I want to support a local business.”
It’s a bittersweet feeling to close the doors on nearly three decades of business.
“I know it will be really weird the first day I don’t wake up and go, ‘Oh, shoot, I have half an hour, I have to go to the store,’” Wolfe said.
But she’s looking forward to her next adventure. She plans on spending more time with her young grandchildren down in Los Angeles — and the self-proclaimed “movie-aholic” said she’ll consider moving down south if she’s able to make some connections in Hollywood art or costume departments.
“There’s nothing I would rather do for the rest of my life then maybe work in Hollywood,” Wolfe said.
Tanglewood Forest will be open through the holiday season; Wolfe said the store will likely hold a closing sale during the first couple of weeks in January.
But Wolfe’s daughter Laura Bushart has not ruled out re-opening Tanglewood’s doors at some point down the line.
“Here’s what I’ll say. The forest may not be closed forever,” Bushart said.
In the meantime, customers have already started to trickle in to purchase merchandise while they still can. And some of them are even getting a real piece of the forest; Wolfe is giving away some of the tree branches that have decorated the shop since its beginning days.
Asked if there was any message she’d like to give to customers, Wolfe said she’d just like to thank them for their support before throwing out the store’s tag line.
“And may the forest be with you,” Wolfe said.
To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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