On Friday, Carlisle’s announced it will close its doors on March 30. The business was opened by Hoyt Carlisle in 1914, and was taken over by Daniel and Lisa Champion in October 1997.
Carlisle’s not only sold clothes, houseware and trinkets, it still had a soda fountain and served a variety of sandwiches.
It’s hard to see a business that has been around for more than 100 years close and the Champions said it was a painful decision.
While it is sad to see downtown businesses close, there’s still hope for the Carlisle’s building.
The building’s owners are looking for someone to come in and still run a deli and part of the store. Building co-owner Larkin Radney said he’s had multiple contacts about taking over the building, and hopes to have a new business open there not long after the Champions close the doors.
The store impacted residents and visitors alike through the decades it stood. Customer Mandie Peppers said she would go to Carlisle’s one or twice a week for lunch. Downtown Girl owner Beth Hayney said Carlisle’s was always an obvious choice for her and friends to get lunch often.
On Tuesday, the store was packed with customers at the dining area, getting in a last meal before the soda fountain service closes on March 16. The store was also crowded due to a clearance sale which brought in more customers who want one more chance to buy store merchandise.
While the food, clothes and household items will be missed, the building will still stand. There’s still opportunity for a new business and for attracting residents and visitors to downtown.
We hope everyone gets a chance to go to Carlisle’s one last time before it closes. We look forward to seeing what will come into the building for a fresh start.