In Gratitude for Eat Rice!


On Sunday April 26, well after midnight, sweet Ellie Celt took down the sale signs, removed each vendor window, and closed the door on the beloved Neko store Eat Rice! for the very last time. Because Ellie was one of the first store owners to befriend this little virtual Neko, I wanted to update this post to give her a special tribute.

As a talented artist in first life, Ellie was trying hard to find some balance between school, family, and her second life neko store. Finally back in February of this year, she made a difficult decision. I’ll let her words, taken from a notecard she sent to all her subscribers, tell the story:

Eat Rice! has been around since 2007 and every year has been wonderful. It’s changed so much from the first day it opened, and I’ve also watched my personal style grow since then. That’s part of the reason why I’m closing the doors. There are just so many neko shops in SL now and as much as I enjoy being a catgirl or any other type of hybrid, I’m ready to move on.

Eat Rice! has been very important to me and a wonderful piece of my life. I will miss it with all my heart, and how amazing you have all been. You have no idea how much it has meant to me that my work actually meant something to everyone and that I was even able to be recognized as one of the top neko stores on SL, so thank you.

I will however be part of a new project which consists of a team of three. It’s somewhat of a little designer community and we will be sharing one shop. We decided to name it Hymn, and it’s expected to open sometime toward the beginning of June. Look for more of a mainstream style, with a focus on indie. 

“Thanks everyone once again and I lubba you.
❤ Ellie

With heart-felt hugs to sweet Ellie, and warm wishes for her upcoming new adventure with a group-owned store called “Hymn,” this is one Neko who’s definitely going to miss Eat Rice!


~ by Stacia Villota / Virtual Neko on April 17, 2009.

7 Responses to “In Gratitude for Eat Rice!”

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  2. There isn’t much selection at the Deviant Kitties satellite store- do you know of any other locations? When I currently try to get to the mainstore location, it lists no parcel found, but that could just be region down for me.

  3. Most everything Ellie made in the last year is at that store… I believe you’ll find over a dozen hairs, a couple skins, four different tail/ear sets, a couple of necklaces, and several pieces of clothing. The quality and price are worth a visit for them, in my opinion! 🙂

    Ellie’s old main store location was indeed closed down some time ago.


  4. I could have sworn there was some jungly-type stuff made within the past year.Maybe I’m confusing it with another store. @_@

  5. Been there and grab the the necklaces and beanies in your pic.

  6. Aww, I love the Eat Rice products! I’m sorry to see the shop go 😦

  7. I totally missed this edit Stacia but I really want to thank you for how amazing you have been to me and how much you promoted Eat Rice! when it was around. You’re one of the sweetest people I have ever met on SL and talented. I still check your blog everyday for updates. Once I get the new project going, you will be the first to have a peak at it. For now, good luck with the blog and I wish you even more success with your amazing work.

    Ellie Celt

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