Brooke Wold of Huntley visited the Plenty gift store, 11103 S. Church St., Huntley, on Friday to buy a gift for her mother before leaving for college.
She said the shop is really adorable and has a lot of great gift ideas.
“There’s not a store like this in Huntley,” Wold said.
But after about a year in business, the shop recently announced it will be closing in September. An announcement posted on the store’s Facebook page Thursday said the store isn’t able to compete with bigger retailers and online shopping.
“Thank you for your encouragement, support and love of Plenty,” the post read. “It has been a wonderful season. I’m deeply grateful.”
Patrons swarmed to social media to offer their apologies and express their love of the store to owner Lisa Uidl.
“I feel sad because for a lot of people, this was their spot,” Uidl said.
She said it had been a dream of hers later in life to open a store, but the rise of online businesses, such as Amazon, made the situation not ideal.
“It’s hard to be brick and mortar,” Uidl said, adding that not being on Main Street also made things more challenging. “But I’m not sorry we did it. There are great people in Huntley.”
The gift shop may be closing, but the property still will have its fair share of visitors.
Uidl said her son, Zack, will offer music lessons on the guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele and keyboard from the house.
Music Academy classes and training include private guitar, bass and piano lessons; beginner, intermediate and advanced group lessons; music theory classes; recording and songwriting classes; and exclusive access to online music training tools.
A few upstairs rooms also will be available to the community for special events, classes and workshops.
Uidl said these rooms have hosted a variety of unique activities, such as cookie-decorating classes.
For information about Music Academy or the available rooms, visit Plenty’s website.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Uidl said the store will be offering
70 percent discounts off items on the porch and 30 percent off items in the store.
Although the Facebook announcement said Sept. 8 would be the last day of business, Uidl said that is a tentative closing date.