Vancouver’s Axehead closes after social media reaction
Vancouver company Axehead appears to have closed its Vancouver shop. “For lease” signs are published in the front windows, although there’s still product visible on the racks and screens inside.
The company, which sells customized handmade items in addition to embroidery and printing services, landed in hot water in Vancouver’s social networks circles 3 weeks ago after it posted a picture on Instagram that appeared to endorse making use of an anti-gay slur.
The post revealed Axehead owner Randy Larson posturing for a picture with two individuals who the caption determined as visitors to Axehead’s 2nd store place in Whitefish, Mont., which opened earlier this year.
Among the visitors was wearing a red Tee shirts with an image of Cuban advanced figure Che Guevara accompanied by printed text reading “SOCIALISM IS FOR F * GS,” and Larson could be seen smiling and pointing at the front of the t-shirt.
Numerous Vancouver residents began flowing screenshots of the post on social networks and prompting fellow users to prevent shopping at Axehead. The shop received a large influx of unfavorable evaluations on Google Maps and Facebook, and the online spat was intensified when Larson repeatedly insulted one of the initial evaluation writers in a combative reply post.
The Vancouver storefront shut down during the debate, with an indication on the door stating that business was closed to retail shopping however customers could still contact us to location orders or schedule pickups.
The for lease indications appeared in the windows at some point on or before Aug. 14. It’s uncertain if the store ever resumed in the interim. It’s likewise uncertain whether the apparent closure of the Vancouver shop will have any influence on the shop in Whitefish.
Reached by phone, Larson decreased to comment about the indications or the future of the service.
Updates to the business’s site suggest that Axehead will continue to run as an online service. Beginning on or prior to Wednesday, the site’s initial axeheadnw.com address began rerouting visitors to a new domain called axeheadmt.com.
The brand-new website’s design closely resembles the appearance of the original axeheadnw website. The only major distinction is that the addresses of both the Vancouver and Whitefish places have been gotten rid of and there are no references to a physical place for the business.
The Vancouver and Whitefish places are still listed on Google Maps, but the business’s Facebook page appears to have actually been erased, in addition to the Instagram pages for both stores.
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