South Minneapolis gift store Paper Hat, a showcase of artisan made goods, is closing after four years of business. "I have loved my store, artists, and customers so much, and this has been such a hard decision, but I am confident that it is the best decision for me at this time," owner Greta Norlander told me. "It's time to move on to new adventures."
Norlander tried to sell the store, but said after a flurry of interest, the offers fizzled. Paper Hat occupies a storefront at 50th & Penn that on paper should be a great location with high visibility and traffic, across the street from Broders Cucina Italiana, but parking can be challenging, and the spot has long been a revolving door for local retailers. Paper Hat lasted longer than most and developed a real following among makers, and their fans—but the store may have remained a bit too under the radar. For Norlander, the decision to close was about lifestyle, not the bottom line. She says the personal trainers next door will take over her space, putting an end to boutique attempts—at least for now.
A closing sale at Paper Hat starts Tuesday, April 14 with discounts storewide. The big closing kickoff party will take place Sautrday, April 18, 4 to 8 p.m. with wine, snacks and discounts. The final sale is scheduled to run through May 9. 2309 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-886-3892, paperhatco.com