DUBUQUE, IA – After 70 years in business, a Dubuque landmark is closing its doors.
Hohnecker’s is a local shop where many people go to find the perfect gift. But now, loyal customers will have to find a new place to shop.
Owner of 42 years, John Hohnecker, says, “It’s just at that point in my life where I’d like to retire.” He goes on to say, “It’s no small feat to be a small businessman and survive for seventy years as a family business. It takes a lot of people to do that.”
The store’s success is in part due to the variety of items the store has to offer from scarves and jewelry to picture frames and wind chimes. Providing unique gifts is the trait he wanted his store to be known for. “That’s one of the things that I had a passion for was to buy and to find that new hot item.”
The store is in the process of a liquidation sale as a final thank you to all their loyal customers. “We’ve put a lot into the store and we’re always very grateful to our customers who have been so good to us.”
Hohnecker said he is sad to see the store close but is thankful for all those he has had the pleasure to meet and work with in Dubuque. “It’s difficult. It’s very bittersweet. You’re thankful for so many things in life and this, working with all these fine people over the years, I couldn’t have done this without them.”
The store will officially close its doors this summer.