Forwarded news from a reader: the 305 South Anti-Mall on Dillard St. is set to close by the end of the month, with an auction scheduled for Oct. 27 to close out most of the remaining inventory at the business.
As owners James and Michelle Lee noted in their email announcing the closure, "We are having such a hard time making it with out the music venue that we are just getting too tired to continue on this path. We have been in business 9 years in Durham now starting with the little house so we are sad. Come hang out with us at the auction and some friends have donated special things and art for our cause."
The music/performance space at 305 South has been closed since mid-May after the City of Durham determined the establishment needed a minimum number of bathroom stalls. The facility has operated as a 'furniture store and art gallery' since the venue shut down for live shows earlier this year.
The Lees report that the fate of the Electric Blender store is less certain; it will be open at least through Sunday Oct. 28, and they'll continue selling items online after the store closes.
The Lees have had a long run in Durham in a number of spaces, including the Ooh La Latte cafe (now Broad Street Cafe). It's always tough seeing a small business close up shop, and it's doubly unfortunate to see an outlet for live music -- particularly acts that are not commercially viable for larger venues -- shut down. For all the arts focus in Durham, outside of Ringside and BCHQ, there's a decided lack of live performance venues around, and the number just shrunk by one.