Let's let Barry know that it's worth his while to relocate! I'm a relative newbie to the actual practice of magic, but I've known about Barry's for decades. My first magic trick was bought at Al's 20 years ago, and when I decided it was time to pursue my interest for real, I went looking for Al again. To my dismay, his shop no longer existed. So now I drive nearly an hour across the city to reach Barry's. When Barry's is gone, it'll mean a drive to Baltimore to Denny's (which I stop into on my way to NY, because I can't drive within 10 miles of a magic shop without popping in).
I was hoping that my 6 year old boy would be going to Barry's for the next 20 years or so. I just took him for the first time a couple weeks ago and he bugged out! He loved it! Now he's bugged out because Barry's is closing.
Barry's is an institution in the DC area and needs to be saved. So call or write or email and let him know that we want him to stay around. And stop buying from the internet unless you have to. Pay the extra 2 dollars for whatever it is you need and buy it from a real magic store. And if you DO need to buy from the internet because you can't make it to the store, then buy from those sites that support a real brick and mortar shop.... like www.barrysmagicshop.com
(p.s. If Barry's closes, who is going to be around to throw the ball for Frankie?)