B-TOWN BIZ: Olde Burien Business ‘Zizia’ Will Be Closing Shop April 2nd

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"Christmas was good. January was really bad and February was just awful," said Zizia owner Anna Vornbrock, who will close the doors to her shop 'Zizia' on April 2nd.

Story by Janet Grella
Photos by Kristen Kerns

If Tuesday was any indication, Zizia will be closed before planned (Saturday, April 2nd).

Anna Vornbrock, owner of Zizia in Olde Burien, said she was “slammed” March 1st, the first day of her going-out-of-business sale. Quite surprisingly, the bulk of her first day sales were her displays, which will remain in place until the store closes.

“I hadn’t planned on going out of business, so I still have new merchandise rolling in,” Anna said. “I’ve got plenty of merchandise to support the sale for a few weeks.”

Going out of business was as much a surprise to Anna as it was to her customers who learned it through an email blast over the weekend as well as voice mail on Zizia’s answering service:

It is with great sadness that I announce the closure of Zizia. I have always loved the quality of handmade products and had hoped that it would translate to my customer base, but with the economy struggling, I have found business slowing down too much to move forward. I have really enjoyed getting to meet all my fabulous customers, watching their families grow up, and spending time with you all.

“Christmas was good. January was really bad and February was just awful,” Anna explained. “Things were going backwards. I just made the decision to close a week ago. I decided to capitalize and get out while I could.”

But she’s going out with a smile.

“I know I should feel sad, but I’ve learned a lot and know a lot of great customers. I wish the economy would be better, but I don’t have the super powers to change it,” she said with a smile.

What’s next for Anna? Well, she’s got a 15-year old son at Mt. Rainier High School who’s involved in band and soon drivers training, so she needs to devote some quality Mom time (a job she proudly held for 13 years before opening Zizia in 2007). She’s going to chill out in Vegas and go to Mother’s Day weekend at WSU with her college-aged son. She hopes to obtain a part-time job in outside sales, where she worked for 15 years before starting her family.

Anna gives ‘hats off’ to her landlord, Lola of the Danish Bakery. She also told us that other folks are lined up for the space, so it won’t be empty long. In her final goodbye to the block she encourages local people to shop local, keep your money local.

In the meantime, she’s still running Zizia, which is located on SW 152nd and 9th in Olde Burien. Here’s Zizia’s going out of business schedule from their email blast to current customers:

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4 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: Olde Burien Business ‘Zizia’ Will Be Closing Shop April 2nd”
  1. Coverofnight says:

    Anna, I’m REALLY sorry to see you go. Great shop with good products. You’d think that with 90% employment, there’d be enough customers to maintain your cash flow. Does that mean the 10% unemployed were most of your customers? Probably not, but it does make you wonder why those with jobs aren’t spending more to help the private sector and businesses such as yours. For example, with interest rates at historic lows, the construction industry should be going gangbusters with remodel work! Lowe’s and Home Depot are ghost towns these days. Obviously, no consumer confidence in this current Administration…

    As business owners, you and I know that when one door closes, another opens. Your success will just come with a different opportunity. Good luck and God Bless!

  2. Susie says:

    I adore you Anna! You were a joy to get to know and I hope we don’t become strangers once you leave. We need to go out for a cocktail very soon. Pear Cosmo anyone?

  3. matt says:

    The wife and I miss Burien, the people, the shops, especially ZIZIA, like crazy. We loved to come into your shop while our son played on Sat Night at The Tag Zone. Best of Luck.

    Re: Coverofnight..I guess the 10% unemployment number is not reflective of the real out of work numbers that you reference. Probably closer to the high teens. It’s a shame to see the people that have given life to the town having to shut things down.

    • Coverofnight says:

      Hey Matt: You’re right in that the real unemployment numbers are probably between 15% and 20% in this state. I’m naturally a positive guy, so I was just using the national numbers to give us a 90% employment figure. But even at 80%, that’s still a lot of people with jobs and money. Again, too bad Zizia got slammed and now has to close.

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