After just a year in business, The Dude's Smoke & Stuff, a tobacco store at 38 N. Beaver St., is closing. Owner Tim Ward, a York City resident, opened the shop in September 2009.

Ward said he doesn't have an exact date on when the store will be closing, but it will be sometime this month. He is the lone employee.

The store sells tobacco, briar pipes, glass pipes and smoking accessories, in addition to glass and hand-wrapped jewelry, body jewelry, T-shirts, posters and handbags.

Ward, 36, said the shop marked his first venture in retail sales.

"I just wanted to give it a shot and see what happens. This was the first retail job I had in my life," he said.

Ward said the reason behind closing the store is because he wants "to get out of the retail business."

He said he is unsure of his plans for the future upon closing the shop.

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