Fort Collins businesses closing permanently amid coronavirus



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Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated Jessica Knudsen’s role at The Satin Camisole. Knudsen is the store manager.

As many Fort Collins businesses emerge from coronavirus-related closures — adjusting to a new normal of mask-wearing, social distancing and capacity restrictions — others have announced they will permanently close.

Here is a list of the Fort Collins businesses that will not reopen, or plan on closing later this year, as business restrictions continue to ease. 

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Fort Collins Candy Store Emporium, 227 Jefferson St.

Since 2018, Fort Collins Candy Store Emporium offered locals a sweet step back into time with its authentic 1940s-inspired candy counter and myriad antique toys. Despite making it out the other side of a months-long tax battle earlier this year, the coronavirus has finally done in the quaint Old Town shop — at least for now. The candy store has been emptied out and owner Tony Vallejos is planning a move to California at the end of the month, Vallejos told the Coloradoan. He may reopen the shop at a later date, though he’s not sure where, he added. “I want everyone’s memories of my store to not include masks or gloves or disinfectants, but rather the fun times,” Vallejos said. 

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Closing in August: The Satin Camisole, 217 Linden St., Suite A

After 30 years in business, Old Town’s The Satin Camisole — specializing in women’s clothing and fine lingerie — will tentatively close Aug. 31, according to a farewell letter sent to the Coloradoan by the shop’s manager, Jessica Knudsen. “We had hoped that we might find a way to continue on during this difficult time but the many challenges of the pandemic have proven to be insurmountable for our small business,” the letter reads. “Of course the most difficult part for us is losing our connection with the wonderful customers who have supported us over all of these years; we will miss you terribly.”

Shoppers are encouraged to come in soon to redeem their gift certificates, store credit or store “Cami Ca$h.” The shop will continue to post updates about the business on its website, Instagram and Facebook pages and through email platforms. 

Salons and personal services

Europa Colour Salon Spa & Barbershop, 123 N. College Ave. 

After more than two decades in business, Europa Colour Salon Spa & Barbershop announced it had shut its doors in an April 24 Facebook post. The salon also included contact information for some of its stylists, barbers and other service providers in the post. Immediately after the salon and spa’s closure, Europa clients told the Coloradoan they were out hundreds of dollars after prepaying for services by purchasing gift cards through salon and spa promotions. Since then, two Fort Collins salons teamed up to honor gift cards from Europa Colour Salon Spa & Barbershop. 

Krash Electronic Repairs, 236 S. College Ave.

Krash Electronic Repairs, which specialized in fixing cellphones and tablets, will not reopen, according to a May 6 post on the business’ Facebook page. Krash had been open for 10 years. 

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Erin Udell reports on news, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. If not, sign up for a subscription to the Coloradoan today.

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