Amini Oriental Rugs is on its way out of Whitefish Bay, and the space will be filled by two neighboring art businesses.
Amini Oriental Rugs, which has closed before, is closing for good to focus on its businesses in other areas of the country. The store plans to close by March 31, at which point Tom Harris, the owner of and , will start to move into the space, which he plans to purchase. Harris said he plans to make modifications to the space, including a dividing wall that separates his two businesses, and complete the transition by June 1.
Harris said his businesses will still offer the same services, just in a new space. The new space is only 500 square feet larger than the two spaces Harris currently works out of, but he said he is excited to move into the new space, which already has nice floors, a functional basement and a visible location.
"I think it's one of the best spots on the street, right across the street from ," he said.
Harris currently rents the storefronts that house Gallery 505 and The Great Frame Up. He said those properties, both owned by Ogden, would be a good fit for a new retail business.