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Downtown scrapbook shop closes its doors

Downtown Farmington's scrapbook store is now just a memory.

Not quite nine months after she took up a position behind the register Laurie Brausen has moved My Eyes ... My Heart ... out of its location at the corner of Third and Oak streets. She will open in Northfield at the end of this week.

Brausen bought the former Memory Creek store in January of this year and opened her renamed business Jan. 10. Business was OK, Brausen said, but she was hoping for better. When her lease came up she had to make a decision about her shop's future.

"I needed to decide whether I wanted to stay in Farmington or find a location where maybe there was more retail in the area," Brausen said. "The main decision was when the city kind of took that Dueber's space that was retail and rezoned it. I just thought I needed to find somewhere there's more retail stores and more foot traffic."

The space once occupied by Dueber's department store just south of My Eyes ... My Heart ... on Third Street has been split into two spaces since Dueber's closed its doors in July of 2006. One is occupied by an insurance agency. The other, larger space will soon be the home of The River Church. Lead pastor Mike Armbrust hopes to have renovations inside the space finished by the end of the month.

Brausen will reopen My Eyes ... My Heart ... Sept. 5 at 610 Professional Dr. on the south side of Northfield. The business will continue to focus on scrapbooking, stamping and other craft materials.