Recession forces Chivalry Sports to move to online-only format

In late July, Chivalry Sports, well known supplier of clothing, armor, and weapons to the SCA and Renaissance Faire communities, closed the doors of its store in Tucson, Arizona for the last time. Phil Villarreal, reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, has the story.

Owner Gael Stirler and her husband and business partner, Jake Stirler, were forced to lay off employees and move the business to an online-only format, "We'll be working for nothing for a while," she said. "We lost $25,000 in March. That's more than some people make in a year. We've had to pour our own savings into the company just to keep it going."

The online store will continue to sell clothing and most gear, but not weapons, which are awkward to ship, Stirler said.