The closing of One World boutique, at the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue in downtown Bismarck, is bittersweet for owner Monte Jerome.
Jerome and his mother, Mary Schmidt, who has operated the Bismarck store, have been overwhelmed and expressed gratitude over the outpouring of support they received in the past week as well as over the past 20 years.
Jerome said after announcing the closing online he received 30,000 hits on Facebook and had a line at his cash register for five days straight as he liquidated.
Jerome had sold off his other boutique locations three years ago, leaving just Bismarck. He said the Bismarck store was one of the first boutiques to open in the city’s downtown during the years before its revitalization.
His “uniqueness” is what Jerome thinks drew customers to his store. He said he has a designer’s eye and would often pick up items on his travels that were new to Bismarck.
“People love it,” he said.
Salt lamps were one of his favorite finds. The product grew in popularity in his store over the past couple of years and, when the liquidation sale was announced they were gone within an hour.
Jerome said many people have approached him with stories about how they enjoyed his store, remembering shopping there as kids, and now his customer base spans multiple generations.
“This is heartbreaking but I am also happy you're retiring with a fun future ahead! Best of luck. I got my first and favorite tapestry from your store,” wrote one Facebook commenter.
Comic store closing
Juke Joint Comics also will close its doors Oct. 28.
“First and foremost, let me say Thank You,” owner Mike Swenson wrote in his going away message to customers.
Swenson had a tough time with blizzard weather keeping customers from his store this past winter.
“We were never really able to recover,” he said. “Over the summer, we didn’t see the growth we expected.”
Sales would have needed to quadruple to make up the difference, a difficult feat for a specialty comic store, according to Swenson.
“It was just time to wrap it up,” said Swenson, who indicated the store may open on a limited number of days through the end of the year to liquidate the remaining products. "Please stay tuned to Facebook for updates.”
Capital Trophy moved
Capital Trophy has moved from downtown Bismarck to a Century Avenue location.
Owner Michelle Fettig said the move to 1830 E. Century Ave. took place Monday.
She said a more active location with off-street parking was needed to make it easier for customers picking up orders. As the story has downsized its on-hand inventory, smaller space was ideal, according to Fettig.
Store hours in the new location are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
No other major changes are being made to the business, which supplies awards with custom engraving, promotional materials and distributes Boys Scouts of America products.