Local Pie, the 30-seat pizzeria from former Iggies owners Lisa Heckman and Peter Wood, has closed.

The closing, after less than seven months of operation, was posted Tuesday evening on Local Pie's Facebook page.

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"Tonight we would like to thank all of you that have supported us in our newest venture," the update said. "We closed our doors for the last time this evening. We hung in as long as we could, but unfortunately the well established business problems in Towson are just bigger than us and, as the song goes, you have to know when to fold 'em. We take with us lessons learned and hearts full of gratitude for those who love great pizza! Thank you."

Reached by phone on Wednesday morning, Wood said, "Clearly the marketplace didn't respond to what we wanted to do. Now that the decision has made, it's a relief."

Asked to elaborate on the challenges for businesses in Towson, Wood said that the perception of parking problems in Towson played a role, as did the scarcity of services, like dry-cleaners and repair shops, that help to create a walkable business district.

"There's a myriad of factors that could have contributed," Wood said. "The fact is we made a mistake. We misjudged what the market wanted. We're not going to beat our heads against the wall. We thought we did a good job. We thought we had a good product. People responded, just not enough of them.

Heckman and Wood sold their nine-year-old Mount Vernon cafe Iggies last July to Jim Pak, a retired pharmacist. A month later, they announced that they'd be taking over the Pennysylvania Avenue space in Towson that had formerly been Havana Road.

Local Pie featured a changing menu of specialty salads and pizzas.

Iggies remains open in Mount Vernon.

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