A popular fashion boutique, which has operated in the heart of Portadown for more than a decade, is closing down.
Katie Henderson (pictured inset), the owner Hanger 13 on Mandeville Street, says it is “with a heavy heart that I have decided to close the store”.
“This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and many a tear has been shed over making it this last few months,” Katie posted on social media. “But I have shed my tears and now it’s time to look forward!”
“I cannot believe I opened this little shop over 10 years ago! It has been 10 years that I have enjoyed immensely, wether it was decorating the window till 1am, taking pictures of our beautiful models or spending time helping someone choose their favourite dress or killer Freddy’s for a hot date at the weekend..I’ve loved it all!
“I have had the pleasure of meeting the most wonderful people , Our customers! Thank you to you all for your support and friendship over those years! We have had great times!”
Katie also reserved special praise for her staff Emma, Jasmin, Viv and Sam, “who over the past couple of years I could not have done without”.
“I refer to the shop as ‘our’ because it’s not just mine, I wouldn’t have been able to survive in business without the support of these girls and they are the backbone of Hanger13 .. so from the bottom of my heart ..thank you girls!”
“I would also like to say a little thank you to my mum and dad.. who some of you will know as Ronnie and Kate! My mum for her constant encouragement and my Dad for just being Ronnie and a legend. I am extremely lucky and proud to call them my parents.”
“I have another little love in my life now! She is my beautiful little rascal daughter who is quickly replacing all the new season dresses on my camera roll with her beautiful smile! I have to say I wouldn’t wish it any different! I hope as I terrifyingly close the door on this chapter, that she will be proud of my next one.”
Hundreds of well-wishes thanked Katie for her dedication to a shop that will be missed by so many patrons.
One woman wrote: “Ah no, I love your wee shop and have got some amazing outfits. Staff always so lovely and helpful a big loss to Portadown.”
Another commented: “Ahhh, I am so sorry to read this, I have had so many beautiful purchases down through the years from your beautiful boutique.”
One woman said: “Aww so sorry to hear this Katie, still remember going to your opening night, cant believe it was 10 years ago.”
Many agreed with the sentiment – “Portadown will miss Hanger13 greatly”.
The store will begin a closing down sale on Thursday, January 19.
Katie has also encouraged those with outstanding gift vouchers from Christmas “to come in and use them up ASAP as they won’t be able to be redeemed after we close”.
Opening days for the week will be Thursday-Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm until close of shop within the next couple of weeks.