NEW SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Saturday marked the end of an era in New Springfield. After 40 years in business, the owners of the Hummel Gift Shop on Garfield Road closed its doors and retired.
Opened in 1974 in an old popcorn warehouse, the store grew to a 40,000 square foot showroom full of the tiny figurines.
The family-run business was once named Ohio’s Largest and Finest. It was an emotional day for co-owner France May.
“It is hard. We’ve already had a few tears today. I’m sure there will be more before the day is over” said May. “We have had good employees over the years, and we’ve made a lot of friends in the business and a lot of them have come in to say goodbye.”
Although the showroom was still full of the figurines Saturday afternoon, Frances said that was just a fraction of the stock they had. She was confident the rest would be sold as well.