Closing of downtown business hurts MCAR’s income

SPRUCE PINE – The closing of a downtown business will likely add financial strain to Mitchell County Animal Rescue. 

The Happy Hippie indoor flea market at 174 Oak Ave. announced July 23 it would soon close. The store is currently having a closeout sale in preparation. Mitchell County Animal Rescue, or MCAR, has had two booths at the store since July 2015 when it was then known as the Spruce Pine Indoor Market. The booths offered donated merchandise that was sold to benefit MCAR.

“We at MCAR are saddened to hear about the closing of Happy Hippie,” said Patricia Beam, MCAR executive director. “Our resale booths there offered regular income for us to pay to spay or neuter several shelter pets each month. The owners were great to work with and support our work.”

The store is co-owned by Charlie Pittman and Ellie Malin. The two decided to close the store after building-related health issues were discovered.

“It was a good source of income for us,” Beam said. “Our supporters donated nice things for our booth, and we had two booths, but the owners donated one of those.”

Now Beam is searching for a new place to sell items to raise money. She said MCAR is on the waiting list at the Bakersville Indoor Market and has been offered space upstairs at Uptown Funk in downtown Spruce Pine, but she has yet decided and is accepting all offers. 

“We don’t have the funds to rent a building or supply a staff,” Beam said. “We are searching, but at this point, we don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Call Beam at MCAR at 828-765-6952 for more information or with any questions.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616