Bexley Stationers and Gifts owner Jennifer Waterman has closed her store on Main Street, but the space won't be vacant.

Bexley Stationers and Gifts owner Jennifer Waterman has closed her store on Main Street, but the space won't be vacant.

Women's clothing retailer She is moving from 541 S. Drexel Ave. to the former Bexley Stationers and Gifts store at 2480 E. Main St.

Bexley development director Bruce Langner, who closely monitors the vacancy rate and works to bring new businesses to the city, believes the relocation is perfect for She. Bexley Fabrics is located at 2476 E. Main St. in the same shopping center.

"I think it is a good retail area with Bexley Fabrics in there," Langner said. "I think it will be a good location for them."

Langner said he was sorry to see She vacate its space on South Drexel Avenue, next to the Drexel Theatre, but he was glad the business is staying in the community.

The city's economic development department and the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce have been working together to help fill vacant office and retail spaces, specifically on Main Street.

"We are working with the chamber on that, kind of a focused effort," Langner said. "We haven't sat down to specifically discuss strategies, but we are working together to get those (vacancies) filled."

Bexley Stationers and Gifts is the second Main Street business to close in the past few weeks. Flavors Eatery, which offered wraps, pizzas, quesadillas and burritos, closed its doors at 2455 E. Main St. earlier this month.

Langner said he has received inquiries from three restaurants interested in the former Flavors space, so he isn't worried about filling the vacancy.

"It is a very popular site for restaurants," he said.

She owner Lisa Darke said she has been looking for a space on Main Street for a while. The business has done well, so a larger location is needed, Darke said.

"We jumped at the opportunity," she said. "We are excited to be on Main Street."

Waterman said she closed the retail portion of her stationery store and moved the design part of the business to her home. She will continue to design wedding, bar/bat mitzvah and other special event invitations, she said. Customers can reach her at 226-9022.

"We are just getting rid of the gift retail side," she said, adding Bexley Stationers had been located on Main Street for more than four years.

Waterman's long-term goal is to establish a business that handles letterpress printing, a handmade type of printing that leaves an impression on the paper. The retail store didn't provide an opportunity to develop that business, Waterman said.

The downturn in the economy also contributed to her decision to close the retail business. People are cutting back on invitation costs by sending them electronically, Waterman said.

"You can't compete against the Internet with Shutterfly and free Evites," she said. "I could have loaded up more with gifts, (but) that's not what I wanted to do. I really want to do letterpress."