PITTSFIELD — A five-and-a-half year run is over for the downtown's only toy store.
Persnickety Toys at 137 North St. is closing at week's end, according to the owner's posting on Facebook Monday afternoon.
"I did have the option to not close dependent upon the outcome of the holiday season, but I'm afraid that while it was pretty busy, it just wasn't busy enough,' wrote Mike Moore.
Moore refused to comment about the social media announcement, which made clear the original Persnickety Toys in North Adams, owned by Monique and Whitney Suters, will remain open.
The Facebook posting goes on to state that the Pittsfield inventory will be transferred to North Adams, and those with gift certificates bought at the Pittsfield store can redeem them in North Adams, as has always been the case.
The Suters originally opened the Pittsfield Persnickety Toys in June 2010, with Moore taking ownership a couple of years ago, according to local business officials.
Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Executive Director Kristine Hurley wasn't "completely shocked" by the news, but still saddened by the sudden closing.
"We've done everything we can to promote the store," she said in a phone interview with The Eagle. "It was really nice to have such a unique toy store on North Street."
Persnickety Toys is the latest of several downtown business closings in recent months, most notably Baba Louie's on Depot Street.
Known for its wood-fired, sourdough crust pizza, Baba Louie's Pittsfield location closed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, also ending a five-year presence in the downtown. Masiero told The Eagle, the closure was for personal reasons, and he continues to operate his restaurants in Great Barrington and Hudson, N.Y.
Hurley said she's anxious to see another restaurant open in the Depot Street space, once home to the Pittsfield Brew Works which closed in March of 2010, replaced a few months later by Baba Louie's. She said Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is currently working on a strategy that includes dealing with business turnovers in the city center.
As for Moore, he wrote on Facebook that he'll miss his customers.
"I have enjoyed being a part of your lives & of your children's lives as well," he wrote. "The last five years have been a lot of fun!"