A Newport Bayfront business called 9 Lives Gallery will be closing its doors at the end of April, and owners Cris Torp and Julie Massinger are having a going-out-of-business sale, offering all remaining inventory at 20 to 50 percent off.
It’s somewhat of a déjà vu experience for Torp and Massinger — they were also the owners of Inscapes Gallery, which they closed a little over two years ago, downsizing the inventory and morphing it into 9 Lives Gallery. This gallery is at 818 SW Bay Blvd., suite 2, literally behind where their Inscapes Gallery was located.
“We kept the better-selling artists, and we re-focused,” said Massinger. “This was our ninth life so to speak, hence the name.”
But it’s a different business climate these days than it was in times past. “Just the retail world in general is changing, the market’s changing,” Massinger said. “We can’t compete with online (sales). It’s just a changing world out there.”
When they opened 9 Lives Gallery in July of 2017, their inventory consisted of some items from Inscapes Gallery, along with some items that Massinger had been collecting for herself over the years. “There’s vintage, collectibles, art … it’s a very eclectic mix of new and old,” she said.
“There’s also more cat stuff in here,” added Massinger. “We kind of shifted focus but still have the wood artists and Paul Sloan, who is one of our better selling artists. He creates surrealist art, whimsical. He’s probably our best selling artist.”
Other items include glassware, ceramics, jewelry, pottery, wooden toys, games, vintage record albums, walking sticks, prints, art, original paintings, “there’s all kinds of things,” Massinger said. They will also be selling the store fixtures and display cases.
“This is the final chapter,” said Massinger, “or it may not be. I’d like to keep my hand in the business somehow, but we’ll see what happens. We’re sad but looking forward to a new chapter. Cris finally gets to retire.”
Torp said, “We will both miss being a part of the arts community and our stewardship of local and regional artists. We will deeply miss our direct and personal interactions with Lincoln County citizens. We wish to say thank you for your support.”
9 Lives Gallery is currently open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but Torp and Massinger said that as the April 30 closing date draws near, they will extend hours and days of operation as needed to meet the demand from customers.
For additional information, the gallery can be contacted by calling 541-272-5043.