COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A well-known, 36-year-old wig shop in downtown Columbus is closing within the next few weeks.
Jason Gamache, a local entrepreneur and the owner of PTAP, bought Sister Wigs on Broadway about a year ago. He wanted to rebuild the store and sell it to a food-driven or retail-driven business by early 2014.
"Sister Wigs was doing really well with profit and customers," Gamache explained. "However, the location was not fitting for the wig shop anymore. The transitions and cultures in downtown Columbus have changed. We see a lot of bars, night clubs, and we need to adapt to this change."
Gamache said young college students and different demographic groups are moving into the downtown Columbus area. Although historic shops and buildings are important, Gamache felt he could transform the old wig shop into a new venue that could attract more customers.
"I am having fun with Sister Wigs though," Gamache added. "We are selling the wigs and other fun items for very cheap prices. We love making customers happy, and I really like some of the items we have in there."
Ninja stars, earrings, jewelry, and lamps are some odd, interesting items Sister Wigs hold. All wigs are only $15, and Sister Wigs employees said that they are having fun working at the shop.
"Sister Wigs will be closed in few weeks," Emily Doll said. "I came to Columbus when I was five, and this was one of the shops that were always there. I am excited to see what new business comes to this area, but it's also weird seeing this shop close."
Gamache said he will give all proceeds to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and donate all wigs to John B. Amos Cancer Center and the American Cancer society before the end of 2013.
"We had a lot of cancer patients purchasing our wigs," Gamache said. "My wife had cancer when she was a young child. She was treated at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and loved everything about the hospital. So my wife and I decided to donate all proceeds we make from Sister Wigs to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta."
Gamache said huge transitional and culture changes in downtown Columbus occurred within 15 to 20 years span. New businesses are coming through to attract college students and young professionals.