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Posted on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 5:54 a.m.

Emerald Dragonfly closes after 5 years near Kerrytown

By Danny Shaw


Emerald Dragonfly closed its doors on March 31.

Danny Shaw |

Emerald Dragonfly, a flower and hand-made gifts shop in Kerrytown, closed its doors recently, leaving the Ann Arbor retail property open for new tenants.

The 2,850-square-foot store is at 419 Detroit St., across from Zingerman’s Deli. The building’s owner, Elaine Johns, said Emerald Dragonfly closed abruptly, but fulfilled its five-year lease.

“It’s a great location with tons of foot traffic,” Johns said, who also owns Treasure Mart on Detroit Street. “It’s a big, open space. It could be great for anything.”

Johns said the exact reason of the closure is unknown, but she thinks the rough economic times were a contributing factor. The shop's last business day was Saturday, March 31.

Deb and Joe Kirk opened Emerald Dragonfly in 2007. They sold hand-made gifts such as stained glass artwork and birch baskets and occasionally taught a children’s art class, according to Johns.

Deb and Joe Kirk were unavailable for comment. They also run a web business,

Mike Giraud of Swisher Commercial will be listing the property. He expects that the storefront, located on the corner of Kingsley, will be filled quickly.

“It’s a great property,” Giraud said. “It has high visibility and on a great corner spot.”

Giraud said the space could be leased for a service, retail or restaurant business. The listing price has not been determined.

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Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

Not many will miss this "tsotchke" laden shop


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

Bring back The Tree! It should never have closed.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

Yes! I miss The Tree.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Was that a second hand clothing store?


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

I visited the shop once, soon after it opened. A minute into my visit my thought was 'This will never last!'. I am just surprised they stuck it out for five years. Their merchandise seemed dated and sparse.