The business' owner hints she may be taking on a new venture, but calls seeking comment on the future of The Genuine Article were not returned.
Long-time Wheaton business and gallery The Genuine Article is planning to shut its storefront. The business has announced it will be closing its location at 201 W. Front St., though on the business’ website owner Betty A. James Hoppensteadt hints some other big changes may be coming in the future. Several calls were made and messages left at The Genuine Article seeking comment and information regarding the store’s closing and future plans, but calls from Patch were not returned. The business has offered classes in beading along with selling a variety of art pieces, home accents and sculptures. According to The Genuine Article’s website, everything in the store is 30 percent off.
Paper House, 124 N. Hale St. to close after impact of economic downturn and 40 years in business.
After 40 years in business, Paper House, 124 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton will close its doors for good in May. Paper House, a Wheaton staple that has specialized in custom party invitations and Wheaton memorabilia, is also a destination for greeting cards, gifts, accessories that has helped customers celebrate major life events and find the "perfect gift." But after the economic downturn in 2008, the store could not compete with big box stores or online shopping, said owner Carol Daywalt. Daywalt, who has owned Paper House for over a decade, said Wednesday she decided over two years ago she wouldn't renew the store's lease. "The decision to close the store has been a long and difficult one," Daywalt wrote in a Feb. 15 letter to Paper …