JACKSONVILLE (KTHV) - On this final night to buy those Halloween costumes, a long-time Jacksonville costume shop marks its final Halloween season. We're talking about the Costume Corner, a community staple with more than a little flare.
Running the Costume Corner is more than just work for Owner Angie Mitchell.
"I really enjoy costuming people and making them feel that they're that person when they're walking out the door or when they hit the stage," Mitchell said.
It's a genuine passion for more than two decades here. But this week, that passion comes with sadness. Mitchell "closes shop" this weekend because of health and economic issues.
"I am sad, very sad, that we we're having to close and go out of business, I've had wonderful costumers," Mitchell said.
Over the past 25 years, the Costume Shop has sold everything from the traditional retail package costumes like this Luke Sky Walker to racks of rental costumes that you have got squeeze through. And while looking around at all these costumes, THV's Max Seigle threw on a white sparkly disco jacket and Mitchell yells out, "Disco Tonight!"
It's this kind of fun that Angie will miss with her shoppers. Before closing, Mitchell is selling everything from keepsakes to Dorothy's famous slippers.
"I wore this to my eighth-grade band dance," said Mitchell, referring to a dress that's now a costume.
"We still got several pairs of those left," Mitchell said of Dorothy's shoes.
There's also wigs, a singing Frankenstein and a little Dr. Seuss. There is so much to see and say goodbye too as life "changes the costume" for Mitchell.
"Some people might not enjoy their job but I really enjoy this," Mitchell said.
Over the years, this store also rented out Santa and Elf suits for Christmas and lots of theaters costumes for schools and churches.
Mitchell says she will still do some online-business but will close her shop end-of-business-day Saturday. And if you're interested, there are lots of good deals to grab the rest of this week.