Thriving Ink, one of Pleasanton's newer downtown retail stores, is closing with owner Brenda Dronkers taking her business online.
The store was opened in April, 2009 on East Angela Street and last November moved to 520 Main St. Earlier this year, Dronkers refurbished and re-opened a backyard patio that had been the scene of crowded special events by a previous men's store owner.
In an email sent Friday to the Pleasanton Weekly, Dronkers said:
"To our amazing friends..we have made the decision to close the Pleasanton retail shop of Thriving Ink & Co.
"We are currently looking for someone who is interested in carrying on the TI shop in downtown Pleasanton. The Backyard is all set up and someone will LOVE running this unique venue!
If you are interested in taking over the lease at TI & Co, please let me know. We have got a great deal for the right person. Contact me, and we can discuss privately.
"Meanwhile, you can still order tees at our website at http://thrivingink.com. We will be adding our favorites brands to the site, so you can still get The Girls in Boots, Loveless, Oaklandish, Lush, Audrey 3+1 and more! The site will soon host some of the Bay Area's best brands. Matt will be managing the Brand and new shirts are still on the way to the new site very soon, as well as new Girls In Boot fashion tees.
"Our staff, Cody Williams, Dan Luxford and Lauren Johnson and our friends Michaela Bammer, Jeff Dronkers, Angelica Pitsos, Perri Gutteridge, and Kristen Neilson have made the shop the amazing place that it is, and we will be eternally grateful to them for that! ANY business would be Blessed to have them as part of their team.
"Meanwhile, thanks so much for all of your love, support and friendship. It will be a memory we will cherish forever. We will see you around at festivals, street parties, events….wherever Thriving Ink has a place!
Peace and love.
Ron, Brenda, Jenelle, Matt and Jake"
Dronkers gave no reason for closing the downtown retail store, which will remain open through the end of the month.