After 14 years of supplying central Ohioans with high-end European home goods, Caterina Ltd. is closing its doors.
"It was time," said Catherine Adams, owner of the German Village store, 571 S. Third St.
Adams said there's still a lot of inventory, so it will remain open another month or so until the last of the French linen or ceramic pots are sold.
"It's bittersweet," Adams said of the closing. "I feel very blessed. I've had wonderful customers.
"We've really been embraced. I'll miss my customers. I'll miss my team. But I will not miss the long hours."
The reason for closing comes down to "a lot of things," she said. "Retail headwinds are very strong right now."
Adams and her husband, former Columbus Mayor Greg Lushutka, intend to sell the three-story building. She said the second floor was used for Christmas ornaments and the third floor for artwork, but it was rarely used.
Her artisan wares, often handmade and hand-painted, came from all over the globe, including Italy, Poland, Germany, France and Russia.
Prior to opening Caterina Ltd., Adams was a lawyer. At 63, she is not quite ready to retire but isn't sure what she will do next other than "take some me time." Beyond that, she will continue to grow organic vegetables at the couple's farm in Holmes County.
Jane Forbes, who was buying some German candles April 25 at Caterina, said the store will be missed.
"It's hard to see it go," Forbes said. "It's tradition."
German Villagers recently said goodbye to another longtime business, Easy Street Cafe n Thurman Avenue, which closed Feb. 23 after 23 years in business.
A local entrepreneur has taken over the space and is expected to open a restaurant in its place in the next couple of months.
Greg Gamier, co-chairman of the German Village Business Community, said both Caterina Ltd. and Easy Street Cafe were prominent in reputation and location.
With a new restaurant opening at the Easy Street site, along with a new mixed-use development at the corner of Jaeger Street and Thurman, "that whole intersection will be bustling again," Gamier said.
He said he doesn't expect the Caterina Ltd. space to be vacant for long.
"I think it would be a quick sell," Gamier said. "It's very, very valuable real estate."