The beloved men's clothing store Blackbird, in Ballard, is closing after nearly nine years. There will be "beers and tears" at the store on Sunday, July 7, between 5 and 10 pm. Everything is marked way down and has to go, says store owner Nicole Miller.

In a 2011 interview, Miller said she man she bought for was "Not James Bond, but James Bond’s evil twin brother." She started the store because she thought there were so few great options for menswear—the collections were drab, stores few and far between.

I've never gone into Blackbird, but I've known men who are religious about the place. Miller wrote in her farewell email,

In no way did I expect that people would take notice of my store, that Blackbird would win menswear awards, and that as I traveled the world, kids I met in other stores would freak out when I said that I owned a store in America called Blackbird. The people were always the best part of this adventure. The mission started out being about the clothes but quickly the people were what mattered most; to see them as who they are, to inspire them to take one step further than the last, and to let them know it was okay to be themselves.

Miller will now focus on the wholesale sales of the store's "#1 products: Blackbird Incense Pyres, Beard Oil and Black Square Soap (and a few more)."