Damsels in this Dress is not crying wolf. It is closing.

Damsels in this Dress is not crying wolf. It is closing.

The boutique at 673 High St. in downtown Worthington will lock up for good in the next few weeks, co-owner Alise Ghanem said.

She and Sherry Keefe opened Damsels 19 years ago.

The shop always has carried unusual clothing in a wide variety of sizes, along with shoes, accessories and jewelry.

The store will not move. The corporation no longer will exist, said Ghanem, who blamed the closing on "a little bit of everything."

"It was time to move on," she said.

Architect Sam Baker owns the downtown building and has talked to several prospective tenants.

One is a person who wants to open a wine and tapas bar. Tapas are small portions of food.

The tapas bar plan received a conditional-use permit from the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) during its July 26 meeting. It would have seating for 72, including a few tables outdoors behind the building.

Hours would be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays.

Jane Marland, who owns a hair and nail salon behind the shop, said people constantly take parking spaces reserved for her business.

"This will make things worse for us," she said.

Baker said he sympathizes with Marlin but noted that parking shortages are a sign that business is good in the area.

"A symptom of our success is overcrowding," he said.

The restaurant would be casual dining, featuring sustainable menu items, local fare and food from the Worthington farmers market, according to the application.

MPC chairman Richard Hunter said several tapas bars have failed in central Ohio, and he hopes this one opens and is successful.

"Tapas is one of my favorites," he said.