After decades in business, a New Springfield institution soon will be closing its doors for the final time.
The owners of Hummel Gift Shop, David and Fran May, have decided to retire, and starting today at 10 a.m. will have a sale to liquidate all the merchandise in the store.
Employees prepared Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the closing sale.
The Hummel Gift Shop opened in the mid-1970s and at first sold only Hummel figurines. The business expanded in 1981, adding a number of rooms, products and displays. The May family originally opened EVEL-GADA Co. at the site in the 1940s; the business focused on the growing, processing and distribution of popcorn.
The shop once was named by the governor as “Ohio’s outstanding tourist attraction and destination,” and the store received the Better Business Bureau’s First Torch Award.
“While this is the end of an era, we want everyone to know how much we have enjoyed serving the public with quality, service and selection. All of our customers will be missed, and we hope that each and every one of them will stop in one last time to say goodbye,” David May said in a statement.
Lane Hoage, the senior consultant who is helping manage the closing sale, declined to comment.
Hummel Gift Shop is at 1656 East Garfield Road.