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The Bead boutique store closing after 48 years

The Bead boutique store closing after 48 years

What a long, strange trip it's been for sisters and best friends Anne Liner and Idy Harris, both of Pikesville, who opened The Bead in 1967 as a "hippie" store, the first in Baltimore to sell Nehru shirts and bellbottom jeans.

Forty-eight years later, Harris, 71, and Liner, 68, are retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2016. They have already emailed their customers that they will be closing the boutique clothing and accessories store that they started with $1,500 between them and grew into a business with sales of more than $1 million a year.

"Don't be sad," Liner told a downcast customer at the store in The Shops at Kenilworth mall Nov. 17.

That's easier...