Portsmouth institution Macro Polo, as well as sister store Macroscopic and Macroport, are up for sale.

According to Seacoastonline.com, owners Conrad Desrosiers and Susan Sawtelle have decided to retire. They took over the store in 2003 and hope to pass the business on to new owners who love the concept as much as they do. They even said they'd be willing to wait a couple of years to be sure.

I can't be the only one who is more than a tad concerned. When friends from outside the area come to visit, Macro Polo is a must-visit destination. It is representative of the off-beat funky vibe that is Portsmouth. Yes, the town is more upscale than it once was but the undercurrent of irreverent cool remains.

Let's just hope there is still a place for plastic pooh, giant googly eyes and all manner of oddities in an increasingly gentrified Portsmouth.