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The HAPPY Place Boutique to Close While Owner Battles Cancer

Jim and Mina Buc will hold a blowout sale of their colorful T-shirts this coming weekend. They hope to eventually reopen.

Just six months after holding their grand opening, The HAPPY Place husband and wife co-owners Jim and Mina Buc have announced they will close their North Laguna clothing boutique due to Mina's recent breast cancer diagnosis.

"In order to allow her to follow a course of treatment and heal, I need to eliminate her stress," Jim Buc tells Patch. "This necessitates closing the store, since her 12-hour days volunteering are wearing her out."

The Bucs will continue to sell their colorful DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY T-shirts and hoodies via their online store, but with a smaller product line, says Jim.

The boutique at 1042 N. Coast Highway came about as an offshoot of the Bucs' nonprofit Don't Worry Be Happy Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of those suffering with cancer. The Bucs started the organization after their nephew, Kevin Carlberg, passed away from cancer. Proceeds of the sales help pay the day-to-day expenses of 36 "active warriors" on the organization’s website. Celebrities like Kobe Bryant and Fergie have posed for photos modeling the distinctive shirts, which all have the phrase DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY spelled out on the front.

Because of the closure, the Bucs will hold a blowout all-shirts-must-go sale this weekend, Nov. 10-11, from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., including store fixtures and personal items. Jim says he hopes to eventually reopen, preferably in a smaller space closer to the downtown village.

"We still want to be able to help our warriors, as always," says Jim.

Darnell Bledsoe November 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It made me very sad when I heard the news about Mina. I got to know her and Jim while attending their "Don't Worry Be Happy" benefit for young cancer victim William McMurray in August. That's what Jim and Mina do, help people. They are the salt of the earth, and a bright light in the dark world of cancer. They give people hope. I spent some time talking with Mina and her sister, who's a cancer survivor. I am a cancer survivor as well, and have great faith that Mina will be too. I can relate to how quickly their lives have changed. Closing down their business after such a short time has to be difficult for obvious reasons. I highly encourage folks to show up to their blow out sale next weekend, and give Mina and Jim the support that they need and deserve. My thoughts and prayers will be with them.
Robin Wethe Altman November 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Darn... the Happy Place closing and drug problems on the rise? Time to get busy!

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