Downtown ‘church crown’ shop calls it quits

Les Grande Chapeaux on North Second Street, formerly Chic Chapeau Fine Hats & Accessories, closed in late December. (Mike Platania)

Les Grande Chapeaux on North Second Street, formerly Chic Chapeau Fine Hats & Accessories, closed in late December. (Mike Platania)

A downtown shop that for more than 15 years had a niche of selling women’s church hats has shut down.

Les Grande Chapeaux, formerly Chic Chapeau Fine Hats & Accessories, closed for business at 201 N. Second St. at the end of 2016.

Owner Earnestine Locke died in July 2015. Her husband managed the business through the end of last year, while also working as a home inspector, said Tony Rolando, a real estate broker with Pollard & Bagby who is marketing the storefront.

The shop was known for its women’s church hats, known colloquially as church crowns, many of which Locke made herself.

The 900-square-foot storefront, near the corner of East Grace and North Second streets, is available for lease.

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