Top Drawer to close doors |

Top Drawer to close doors

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Keefover. Top Drawer at 143 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley is closing and will open for a limited preview sale Wednesday night and re-open with regular hours Thursday.

Downtown Grass Valley’s intimate apparel shop will be going out of business as its owner retires.

Top Drawer owner Marilyn Seolas and her granddaughter Kelly Seolas, who has operated the store for years, will put the store to rest as Marilyn retires and Kelly focuses on her degree.

The store will have a point system for visits and purchases where the people with the top 10 highest points will receive prizes, including big screen TVs and Keurig coffee makers, said Cynthia Keefover, retail consultant with G.A. Wright, who was contracted to close the store.

“We are going to make a party of it and go out with a bang,” Keefover said.

Top Drawer offers lingerie, bras, day wear, gift items, bath and body products, and a wide selection of bridal. The store also features sleepwear, robes and slippers, casual and loungewear, jewelry and accessories.

The store will host a private event Wednesday with limited hours from 3-7 p.m. that require mention of the invitation for the event, which has been distributed throughout downtown, and the grand opening sale 10 a.m. Thursday.

“It’s going to be on a first come, first served basis and every single item will be on sale from 20 to 75 percent off,” Keefover said.

Marilyn Seolas opened The Linen Closet 10 years ago and purchased Top Drawer from partner Catherine Christie in 2007 and fused the two stores into one location.

Marilyn Seolas planned to close the store last year, but kept it open because of outpouring community support and moved to the smaller location at 143 Mill St.

She has lived in Sun City West, Ariz., for about three years, while Kelly Seolas has primarily operated the store.

The timing was right for closure as Marilyn Seolas had intended to retire for some time and Kelly Seolas felt the need to focus on her bachelor’s in social work at California State University, Sacramento.

“I tried to keep it going with support from Nevada County and just now finally decided I have to move on and it’s time for Kelly to move on, too,” Marilyn Seolas said. “I would just like to thank the community for their support over the years.”

Marilyn Seolas lived in Nevada County for 70 years and was a real estate agent for 30.

She said she may return to real estate sales again in Arizona, as her real estate license is still valid.

Kelly Seolas said she is excited to focus on her life’s passion and plans to work in youth therapy.

“Eventually I’m going to be doing internships for school and working quite a bit, so I have to be able to have the time and energy,” she said.

“Marilyn works a lot from home and has been working too much, too, so it just kind of worked out with the timing.”

“I think everything has a beginning and everything has an end and we’re ready to move on.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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