Town & Country store to shut its doors after nearly 30 years in Kettering

Artisans boutique shop in Kettering offering store-closing prices as it prepared to close

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The Artisans boutique shop that has operated for nearly 30 years in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering will shut its doors in the coming days or weeks, according to its co-founder and co-owner.

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A store-closing sale is underway, and Artisans is expected to close either at the end of December or at the end of January, depending on the pace of sales, Artisans co-owner Renata Yaeger told this news outlet. All items were on sale for 20 percent off as of late last week, and the discount is expected to grow until most or all of the inventory is sold, Yaeger said.

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Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The business, located at the northeast corner of Town & Country’s largest retail building near East Stroop and Shroyer roads, started as a temporary Christmas location nearly three decades ago, and established a storefront in May 1991, moving around a couple of times within the retail center before settling into its current home at 424 E. Stroop Road, Yaeger said. It offers an eclectic selection of jewelry, women's clothing and home-decor items.

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Yaeger and her partner Mark Grimes had hoped to relocate Artisans to a smaller location within Town & Country and operate as a jewelry-only store, “but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen,” she said. The partners operate four other stores in Florida.

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National shopping trends away from bricks-and-mortar stores and toward online sales have cut into sales at stores such as Artisans, and have reduced foot traffic in and near her store, Yaeger said.

The shop’s co-founder said there is a remote possibility the store could reopen in the Dayton area, but for now, the plan is to simply cease operations here and move any unsold inventory to its other locations.

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“We greatly appreciate the 30 years of patronage to our store,” Yaeger said. “This was our first store, and it enabled us to go on to open stores in Florida.”

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