Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street is closing

News Jul 20, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Gail Henderson and her sister Shirleyann Bastable have a lot of cleaning up to do.

After nearly 30 years on Concession Street the women will be closing Rainbow Treasures at the end of August.

“It’s time to go,” said Henderson, 65, who along with her sister figure they  have taught several hundred people the fine art of porcelain doll-making since they opened in 1987.

A third sister Donna Henning also works in the store.

Bastable, 75, noted one of the main reasons they are closing is that it is getting harder for them to find doll-making materials.

“An awful lot of our suppliers have closed and our main supplier in the United States is closing right now,” she said.

Henderson added that teaching doll making and selling the associated materials is not as lucrative as it used to be.

“It’s really down-sized,” Henderson said.

Bastable said she took several doll-making classes in the late ‘70s because she wanted to save her mother’s antique doll collection and she passed on her knowledge to her sisters.

“There were many hours at night because we poured the porcelain at home,” she said.

Bastable added she no longer has the physical dexterity needed to do doll repairs.

Henderson recalled their first store was located a few doors down from their current location at 582 Concession but it lacked a few amenities like hot water and air conditioning.

The two women have begun the big task of sorting out all of the dolls and other materials in time for a sale on July 25.

Both women agreed they will miss the street and its people when they close their door for the last time.

“We’ve had 29-and-half- great years on Concession Street,” said Henderson.

Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos said the two women ran the kind of specialty shop that you wouldn’t find in a shopping mall.

“They will definitely be missed,” he said.

Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street is closing

Popular doll-making store in business nearly 30 years

News Jul 20, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Gail Henderson and her sister Shirleyann Bastable have a lot of cleaning up to do.

After nearly 30 years on Concession Street the women will be closing Rainbow Treasures at the end of August.

“It’s time to go,” said Henderson, 65, who along with her sister figure they  have taught several hundred people the fine art of porcelain doll-making since they opened in 1987.

A third sister Donna Henning also works in the store.

Bastable, 75, noted one of the main reasons they are closing is that it is getting harder for them to find doll-making materials.

“An awful lot of our suppliers have closed and our main supplier in the United States is closing right now,” she said.

Henderson added that teaching doll making and selling the associated materials is not as lucrative as it used to be.

“It’s really down-sized,” Henderson said.

Bastable said she took several doll-making classes in the late ‘70s because she wanted to save her mother’s antique doll collection and she passed on her knowledge to her sisters.

“There were many hours at night because we poured the porcelain at home,” she said.

Bastable added she no longer has the physical dexterity needed to do doll repairs.

Henderson recalled their first store was located a few doors down from their current location at 582 Concession but it lacked a few amenities like hot water and air conditioning.

The two women have begun the big task of sorting out all of the dolls and other materials in time for a sale on July 25.

Both women agreed they will miss the street and its people when they close their door for the last time.

“We’ve had 29-and-half- great years on Concession Street,” said Henderson.

Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos said the two women ran the kind of specialty shop that you wouldn’t find in a shopping mall.

“They will definitely be missed,” he said.

Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street is closing

Popular doll-making store in business nearly 30 years

News Jul 20, 2016 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Gail Henderson and her sister Shirleyann Bastable have a lot of cleaning up to do.

After nearly 30 years on Concession Street the women will be closing Rainbow Treasures at the end of August.

“It’s time to go,” said Henderson, 65, who along with her sister figure they  have taught several hundred people the fine art of porcelain doll-making since they opened in 1987.

A third sister Donna Henning also works in the store.

Bastable, 75, noted one of the main reasons they are closing is that it is getting harder for them to find doll-making materials.

“An awful lot of our suppliers have closed and our main supplier in the United States is closing right now,” she said.

Henderson added that teaching doll making and selling the associated materials is not as lucrative as it used to be.

“It’s really down-sized,” Henderson said.

Bastable said she took several doll-making classes in the late ‘70s because she wanted to save her mother’s antique doll collection and she passed on her knowledge to her sisters.

“There were many hours at night because we poured the porcelain at home,” she said.

Bastable added she no longer has the physical dexterity needed to do doll repairs.

Henderson recalled their first store was located a few doors down from their current location at 582 Concession but it lacked a few amenities like hot water and air conditioning.

The two women have begun the big task of sorting out all of the dolls and other materials in time for a sale on July 25.

Both women agreed they will miss the street and its people when they close their door for the last time.

“We’ve had 29-and-half- great years on Concession Street,” said Henderson.

Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos said the two women ran the kind of specialty shop that you wouldn’t find in a shopping mall.

“They will definitely be missed,” he said.