By Adam Waltz
PHOENIX – It was 1947 when Bert Easley’s Fun Shop opened in Phoenix. Seventy-two years later, the family has decided to close it down.
You may not know it, but Easley’s in Downtown Phoenix didn’t start out as a costume shop. It began as a magic shop and slowly evolved into selling all kinds of masks, costumes and gifts.
Today, the shop is run by the third and fourth generations of Easley’s, who just announced they’ll be closing shop in the fall.
“Retail has changed so much. Doing business has changed so much,” said Debbie Easley, President and CEO of Easley’s Fun Shop. “We’ve been a family business for 72 years. It’s time to be a family.”
“I’m happy with it,” said Amanda Herrera, who is fourth generation Easley family member and works at Easley’s Fun Shop. “I know that my mom and my grandma have both worked for many many years.”
Worried about the shift in the way people now buy online instead of in stores, the Easley’s have decided to go out on top while business is still good.
“I don’t want to give up what I may have with my parents and what I certainly will have with my grandchildren. Ask any grandparent, grandbabies are the best,” Debbie said.
New products are still coming in, and the last thing the Easley’s want is to turn into a flea market and sell items for fractions of what they’re worth.
With Phoenix Comic Fest coming up, Easley’s superhero section can fulfill your cosplay needs.