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Family costume shop closing in Mesa after almost 40 years

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PHOENIX — A decades-old family costume business in Mesa will be closing after Halloween, pummeled by slipping sales and online competition.

The owners of Groovy Ghoulies Costumes, near Southern Avenue and Alma School Road, said the store was going out of business after 38 years. The shop posted a note on Facebook in early October to make the announcement.

The East Valley Tribune reported the shop’s last day was expected to be in late November.

The store was open all year and often staffed a booth at the popular Phoenix Comicon, but Halloween was its biggest moneymaker.

Howard and Mary Faber opened the business in 1979 as Bubbles of Joy, selling balloon bouquets and renting helium tanks. Over the years they added costumes and a gift shop and their children as managers.

Business in the area has been tied closely to the fortunes of nearby Fiesta Mall. The once-thriving shopping center has struggled with store closures, street construction and larger, newer malls vying for customers’ attention and money.

Social media commenters praised the knowlegdeable staff and quality of costumes, prosthetics, wigs, makeup and other accessories.

“[We want to] tell everybody, the customers, that we thank them,” Howard Faber told the Tribune.

His wife added, “We will miss them. They’re like family.”

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