OCEAN BEACH, CA. We’ve learned that the popular crafts store Rock Paper Scissors, which shut its doors suddenly a couple weeks ago, had a very rocky closure, indeed.
The store’s closure was so rocky, that many of the store’s vendors feel ripped-off and say the store’s owner, Jeff Fagan, owes them thousands of dollars.
Some of the vendors are talking about suing Fagan.
Accusations are flying, anger is rising. When he closed the store, Fagan gave the vendors insufficient notice; he hasn’t paid back February rents, or even for some vendors January rents, or for some monies from December, or the original deposits. He owes his vendors thousands, tens of thousands; one estimate is a quarter million.
Apparently, after collecting February rents from his vendors, he surprised everyone by telling them soon after that he was permanently closing the store’s doors on Thursday, Feb. 5th, and they had until Wednesday the 4th to remove their stuff. There’s a question whether he has paid his employees.
Shocked vendors were forced to drop everything overnight, and attend to hauling their goods out of the store.
We spoke to several vendors who wish to remain anonymous as the atmosphere surrounding the store is quite toxic. They confirmed that they had not been paid February rents, or their original deposits. And they were pissed. We spoke to another vendor who claimed she was paid her December and January monies, but not her Feb. rent.
The crafts mall on Newport Avenue in the old Bank of America building, the former site of Gold’s Gym, had dozens of individual vendors with quality items, hand-made art, jewelry, crafts, mounted photographs, clothing, imports from Asia and South America. The mall had become quite popular amongst locals and tourists alike. OBceans would take visiting family there almost as a tourist stop. I know someone personally who blew his entire Christmas budget there one year. Definitely not your average craft mall as glass blowing, yoga, dance and jewelry classes were offered, many of them held in the old bank vault.
Everyone loved the place.
Fagan, who goes around as the colorful Dr. Jefe, had earlier owned Apogee Piercing, another successful business down the street, when he opened Rock Paper Scissors, International Galleria in June 2006. Fagan also had a corner of the store filled with his imports, and owns an import business across the street.
But whether suffering from the financial meltdown that’s going on around us or not, at some point Fagan considered bankruptcy. Months ago he decided he was going to close. But he didn’t tell the vendors and instead just kept collecting their rents. He reportedly took his usual Asia tour and brought back many imports to sell. He traveled to New York, San Francisco. One former vendor claimed Fagan had bought a new expensive car.
Apparently some vendors have been paid their rightful amounts. But enough of them have not been made whole that this story won’t go away soon. We plan to talk to Dr. Jefe and get his side of the story. There’s always at least two sides to any story.