Annz Panz to put a lid on it after 12 years

Proprietor Carrie Nelson has confirmed plans to close her signature cafe and cooking store, Annz Panz. Slow sales were just one of several reasons she cited for the decision. She said the cafe would close after Saturday. She plans a markdown sale to clear out merchandise.

This is sad news for downtown Hood River. Annie’s set a standard for classy retailing. Because Nelson set the bar high, follow-on retailers leaped to compete in look and feel. The block of Oak Street between Third and Fourth streets owes its upscale look in great part to the hard work that Carrie and her crew put in.

Carrie says she’s looking for work. We wish her well, and a soft landing.

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