ELLSWORTH, Maine — Downtown Ellsworth is losing one of its staples.
The Grasshopper Shop, known for its quirky gifts, gadgets, clothing and housewares, announced on its Facebook page Friday it will be closing its doors.
“With great sadness, I must let you all know that the shop is going out of business,” the shop announced on its Facebook page. “Our last day will be Saturday, April 11.”
The Grasshopper Shop has been open for more than three decades in downtown Ellsworth. In May 2012, the business was sold to Elizabeth McMillan by its then-owner, Ken Schweikert, who started the business in 1982. The store retained its name and much of its inventory.
Schweikert, then 63, said he felt it was time to hand the keys to someone else. He wanted to ensure the business still had a chance to operate as one of several locally owned boutiques along Main Street.
Schweikert started what would become a chain of Grasshopper Shops in 1975, when he opened the first store in Belfast. A year later, a second location opened in Camden, followed by Ellsworth in 1982.
A downtown Bangor location closed in 2011.
Managers at other Grasshopper Shops in Searsport, Rockland and at Bangor International Airport, which are not under the same ownership as the Ellsworth store, said Saturday that their stores were not affected and they had no plans to close.
Earlier this month, the Ellsworth store hosted a half-off storewide “Cure the Winter Blues” sale.
The Ellsworth shop will continue to have hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday until it closes its doors. There is a 20 percent off sale for everything in the store.
A message left for McMillan was not immediately returned Saturday morning.
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