Itz not a puzzle anymore

Back toward the end of July, I blogged about a new store that replaced a DVD store in the mall here called Itz A Puzzle. I wondered how a puzzle store could do more business than a DVD store, and I thought it was pretty foolish for such a store to try and make a go in what is considered to be a high-end mall.

I was right. When I came into work this morning, Itz A Puzzle is no more. There is a white facade in front of the store with the announcement: “Coming Soon! Another Exciting Store!” Who knows what the store will be, but if the current trend for that particular spot continues, it will probably end up selling things like slide rules (which wouldn’t be too bad, really, because I’d love to get my hands on a good slide rule.)

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.