The Heart of the Artichoke owners to retire after 13 years
Published 10:48 am Thursday, July 2, 2015
After 47 years, a local Albert Lea antique store will close its doors.
The Heart of the Artichoke has been locally owned since 1968 when two women, Hazel Thorgrimsen and Nancy Wright, set up shop. After years of handing down, the store will retire along with its two current owners, Marilyn and Paul Nechanicky.
The couple bought the business in 2002, claiming that it was something they were consistently fond of. The store offered them the opportunity to explore that interest more, they said.
Email newsletter signup
While they worked at the shop, the couple said their customers were the highlights of their time there. Sometimes the customers added stories to the antiques at the shop, they said. The store even has a memorabilia guest book for customers who come in.
The couple has been looking forward to RV camping and time with friends and family once the store is closed.
The two owners attributed their retirement to a new type of market including online shopping. Marilyn Nechanicky said she thinks the antique market has become too widespread due to retirees donating their valuables. This gives an overload of antiques, which can lower the rarity of items and their value.
“There might be other reasons, but in my mind we want to retire so that we’re not tired and we can be on our own schedule,” she said.
The Nechanickys have decided to go about the closing once they sell and find homes for more of the consignment items and antiques.
The store hours will vary in the month, but as of right now the store will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays. There has also been an ongoing 30 percent off sale.