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Austin go-to spot for locally made goods suddenly closes up shop

Austin go-to spot for locally made goods suddenly closes up shop

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Coterie Market and The Coterie Sampler are coming to a close in January 2016. Photo courtesy of Coterie Sampler

Coterie Market has come to an end. The Austin-based online boutique announced its sudden closure on Thursday.

"With sadness, but with tremendous gratitude, I'm announcing that Coterie Market and The Coterie Sampler are closing product sales after three amazing years. I can't say enough about you, our wonderful, enthusiastic, engaged customers and friends, and I thank you with all my heart for all your support, encouragement, and love," said Founder Chelsea Staires Sun.

Inspired by Austin's blossoming craft scene, Sun launched Coterie Market in 2012 as a way to raise awareness for local products and provide a bridge between customers and artisans. The market showcased a wide variety of Austin-made goods, including food, home decor, body products, and accessories. In the fall of 2015, Sun created The Coterie Sampler spin-off, a unique subscription service featuring a curated selection of goodies each month.

The end of Coterie Market doesn't mean that Sun is abandoning her mission to support local artists and creators. "Our websites will stay live as resources for discovering Austin artisans," Sun said. "This space will remain a place that supports my city's maker and independent business community."

The Coterie Sampler's January shipment will be the last; subscribers will be refunded for the remaining months. Sun encourages Austinites to keep an eye out for a closing sale in the coming days.