Moir’s Costumes closing early 2014

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – Internet killed the costume shop. That’s one of the reasons Darryl Moir thinks he’s lost business.

Darryl Moir will be closing his costume shop on Provost Street in early 2014. He’s planning to liquidate the entire store. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

Moir operates Moir’s Costumes and Events on Provost Street in New Glasgow, for the next month or so anyway.

He’s planning to close up shop in early 2014.

“What’s killing all small towns is online (shopping).”

He needs more foot traffic to survive, and he’s just not getting it.

He says he needs the kind of traffic malls receive, but he has had trouble breaking into that market in the past.

“It’s the end of an era,” Moir, who has been in the costume business for 29 years, said.

He says his 2,000-square-foot location is one of a kind in Atlantic Canada.

Moir has gone from a small-scale business with 100 handmade costumes to thousands of costumes and accessories jam-packed to the 15-feet ceilings in some rooms.

He has an overwhelming collection of costumes he’s manufactured from many different periods and genres, including Victorian, Tudor, and Celtic.

It all started with a woman he met in Ontario who ran a successful hotel business with her husband.

He had no entrepreneurial training, but after talking to her, he decided he wanted to run a business.

“She held my hand throughout it all.”

The only problem remaining was that Moir had no idea what kind of business he wanted.

He began writing in a journal every day for a year, only writing one sentence each about the best and worst part of his day.

“I found out this is what I’m interested in,” he said.

He had no manufacturing education, but he found it came to him easily.

Since figuring out what he wanted to do, he’s designed a room’s worth of costumes as well as pieces that have been used in local productions.

“It’s so great to be able to manufacture something that couldn’t be found in the community.”

He opened his shop in New Glasgow less than a year ago after operating in Truro for almost two decades.

Although the business may not be lucrative anymore, it is his passion.

The part he enjoys the most is the ability to be able to help someone, whether it’s helping them find an elusive product to showing them how to put on theatrical makeup.

“It’s about getting involved in the community.”

He’s looking forward to starting a new stage in his life, despite his financial losses. He plans to relocate out west.

Although he blames online costume purchases as much of the reason behind his decrease in sales, he says the state of the economy doesn’t help either.

His store doesn’t sell anything people necessarily need to have.

“When you’re selling ‘wants’ through economic hardship, you’d better make sure you have enough (money) to keep you afloat.”

Until the shop closes, all departments are 35 per cent off while Moir liquidates the entire store.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Atlantic Canada, Ontario Truro

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Recent comments

  • bad products
    November 28, 2013 - 09:39

    yes true about the products. I bought nails and on the night of a halloween party the glue was dried up. I also purchased teeth and the glue was not working either. I was disappointed. However the customer service was great. but realistically we don't need a costume shop all year round! I will shop online with better results for sure

  • Dissapointed
    November 27, 2013 - 15:44

    Although I was glad to see this shop come to town (not everyone has the abililty to shop online) I have to say I was very dissapointed. 2 people from our Halloween group purchased 2 items that required glue and both glues were dried up. One for a mustache and one for nails. It was very disspointing to try and support locally only to be sold last years products :(

  • Pictou County Resident
    November 27, 2013 - 14:44

    I am sorry to hear this gentleman has to close his store. Why are you folks so rude. You paint a very nasty picture of the people in our area. Shame on you.

  • Pictou County Resident
    November 27, 2013 - 14:43

    I am sorry to hear this gentleman has to close his store. Why are you folks so rude. You paint a very nasty picture of the people in our area. Shame on you.

  • Horse and buggy
    November 27, 2013 - 12:37

    In other words, you didn't check out current micro or macro market conditions. I hate to see any small business close, but you can't lay this on anyone but yourself.

  • Costume lover
    November 27, 2013 - 08:38

    Don't you think that your high prices and awful customer service had something to do with it.

    • Johnny Mac
      November 27, 2013 - 11:32

      In his defence, Customer in pictou county are the worst people to deal with.

    • Darryl
      November 27, 2013 - 12:57

      Thank you M Jones

    • Darryl
      November 27, 2013 - 13:01

      Sorry costume lover You could not afford my product, I know times are tough.

  • M. Jonns
    November 27, 2013 - 07:27

    This is the what second time or third time he has cried out saying he is closing. So close already and be done. He is just trying to get into the news as much as he can for he likes the drama.

    • doesn't matter either way
      November 27, 2013 - 09:56

      I was thinking more along the lines of it being a costume shop and really nothing more, so being mpty 11 or so months out of the year is bound to happen, what did he think New Glasgow was a party county that would throw a random Halloween party in July.