All Fired Up, a pottery painting studio in Bethesda, is closing next week due to financial challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the owner.
Owner Liz Winchell told Bethesda Beat on Thursday that the store’s last day will be May 27. All Fired Up’s other location in Washington, D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood will stay open.
Winchell said the Bethesda’s store’s margins were tight even before the pandemic started.
“And with COVID it just became impossible to recover with rent owed and the expenses of running a business,” she said.
Winchell, who opened the Bethesda store in 2004, said closing was particularly hard since her customers had thanked her for providing a creative space during the pandemic.
“I kept staying open as long as I could, because so many people were saying ‘I’m so glad you’re open. We need to make art. We need these things to keep our minds staying well,’” she said.
Winchell said she cried when she told the Bethesda studio’s employees that the store would be closing.
“When you bring joy to people’s lives, and you have to cut that, it’s very hard,” she said.
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