Karen's Hallmark Shop, a cards/gifts/scrapbooking shop at 2450 N. Lake Suite A, started its going-out-of-business sale this week. Co-owner Robert Myers, who with wife Karen runs the store, said that the shop started taking a downturn with the economy a year ago and never recovered.
The failure of the store is "devastating," Myers said, particularly in light of the fact that his wife is in the Webster family. Karen is the stepdaughter of William Webster, who owns the properties. His father Frank started the Webster's companies in 1926.
The businesses along the strip were separated in 2007. Walls went up between the stops, and the businesses were sold to different Webster family members as separate entities.
Myers said that they would be open and selling their inventory at a discount until at least Nov. 1.