Mary Clymer poured five years of passion into downtown Renton and its art scene, and now it’s time for her to move on.
It’s financial. The store supported itself, she said, but Clymer wasn’t making any money to support herself.
It's nearing a profitability tipping point, but Clymer is burnt out and ready for change.
“That is the hardest part,” she said. “Spending five years building business and then walking away. Mary Clymer is ready to walk away, but I don’t know if the community is ready.”
Aside from being a downtown activity hub and driving force behind Renton’s First Friday Art Walk, happy delusions supports 50 local artists and arts distributors at any given time.
“This has been so rewarding in every way but financially,” she said. “It’s time for me to re-asses my own personal goals."
Don’t expect Clymer to leave the arts scene any time soon.
She’s sent her resume to Boeing, applied to various customer service positions and let the City of Renton know to keep her in mind if any positions open up. She’s also looked into event planning. Nothing is off limits.
“I’m trying to be open and enjoy the uncertainty,” she said. “I’ll wait and see where the waves take me.”
Clymer will continue with business as usual through the end of September. Four people have inquired about purchasing happy delusions, so there’s still a possibility for the store to stay downtown.
“I would not have been so successful if I had not been involved in the community,” she said. “It’s been a real blessed experience.”
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