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Pass Christian gift shop closing, but it’s not what you think

Owner Jennifer Burke is closing The Purple Pelican in Pass Christian by month’s end. In a Facebook announcement, Burke said, ‘We have loved being a part of The Pass and thank you for your patronage.’
Owner Jennifer Burke is closing The Purple Pelican in Pass Christian by month’s end. In a Facebook announcement, Burke said, ‘We have loved being a part of The Pass and thank you for your patronage.’ jmitchell@sunherald.com

The Purple Pelican, a popular gift shop, is closing.

Owner Jennifer Burke announced the closing — and a 50 percent off sale on anything “not nailed down” — on The Purple Pelican Facebook page.

She said the economy has nothing to do with her decision to close. The shop is doing well. She opened it five years ago as a creative outlet after retiring from Pass Christian Isles Golf Club.

For the past 18 months, she has been working full time for the Krewe of Bacchus in New Orleans. Organizing Mardi Gras events year-round has proven to be all the creative outlet she needs. Running a shop in her hometown, she said, was becoming too much work.

She’ll miss all her customers, but Burke isn’t going anywhere. She will continue to live in Pass Christian and run her accounting business.

“Just one less iron in the fire,” she said.

The store, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, will close at the end of the month or when all the merchandise is gone, whichever comes first.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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