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Kornely’s craft shop to close Dec. 31

December 27, 2018 GMT

Kornely’s will be closing at the end of the year.

The craft shop, at 128 and 130 Front St. in downtown Beaver Dam, is having a storewide 80 percent off sale as owners Barb and Lee Kornely are set to begin retirement. The store will be open every day for the next week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., marking the end of 40 years of business downtown.

Lee Kornely said sales have been good as operations wind down and there are still plenty of items and fixtures left to go. He said he might donate some of what’s left to the Watermark and Green Valley Enterprises and that framing services will continue out of the Kornely home. The couple originally announced their retirement in 2014 and announced earlier this year they were again looking to sell their building.

Kornely said he could not yet disclose who the buyer of the building was, a deal that will finalize next year after the business closes, but that it was not the city of Beaver Dam.

Throughout the year, city officials had been discussing the possibility of buying the building, which is two addresses combined into one space. As part of downtown revitalization efforts, the city is working on a way to form a pathway throughout downtown to the new location of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. When speaking earlier this year, the Kornelys themselves imagined transforming the building with an indoor path.

More and more items are clearing out of the long-standing craft store, but there is still plenty left to buy. Over the years, the Kornelys were honored for the work they did to foster creativity for crafters and hobbyists of all kinds, with hard-to-find items on sale and classes to offer. Operations have since been scaled back as the couple has wound things down and, soon, the shop will be empty.