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Children's Orchard in San Juan Capistrano Closes

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Children's Orchard in San Juan Capistrano is now closed. Patch file photo.
Children's Orchard in San Juan Capistrano is now closed. Patch file photo.

After five years of owning Children’s Orchard, Debbie Brown has closed the younger-skewed consignment shop.

One of the reasons is that business has been down since construction at the Ortega Highway interchange and the I-5 Freeway began, Brown said. But she also had issues with the franchiser and the landlord.

It just got to be too much.

“Once the construction started on the Ortega my sales dropped to the point that I wasn’t breaking even. I wasn’t willing to cut my staff and work open to close. Been there, done that,” Brown said.

Those employees and her customers made the decision hard, Brown said. Everyone was so close.

“I have had so many e-mails and voicemails that were so touching,” she said. “I feel like I really let the community down by closing. There is definitely a need for a business like that in the community.”

However, a nonprofit may be the better operation “so the clothing is donated and that would cut the overhead,” Brown said.

You will still see Brown around, though. She lives in San Juan Capistrano off Ortega, so you might just see her stuck in traffic.

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Donna Fleming December 06, 2013 at 11:32 AM
This is a loss to San Juan Capistrano. It was a charming little shop and when you needed a gift for a child this was the place to go. Most mom's know children grow so fast some things are never used. Or you receive two of something at a baby shower. Children's Orchard filled a gap in our little town. This is very sad. One more business closes in San Juan Capistrano.

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