Longtime Gardnerville business closing its doors
November 1, 2014
Like the stained glass windows she restores, Classical Glass and Gifts owner Kati Noah hopes the business will be restored in a new location.
"I want to reopen, but I'm not sure where or when," she said.
The owners of the Overland, the Park Brothers, have given Noah until Dec. 31 to be out of the shop, which is attached to the Basque restaurant they are renovating.
She said she expects the front shop to close as soon as she sells her inventory, and that she'll be keeping the glass working business open for as long as she can before she has to move.
Noah has worked at the shop for 16 years, since before she graduated from Douglas High School in 1999.
On Wednesday, in between taking calls from friends and customers, she was repairing a 1960s-era handcrafted window from a home at Lake Tahoe.
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"I've got 12 years experience fixing stained glass windows," she said. "This isn't something you go to school for."
She said she is focusing on completing glass orders she has pending.
"I have orders I have to get filled, and there's a lot of repair work to get done," she said. "With the Christmas season coming I can't fill the store with the inventory I usually would."
She said she is keeping the store's website up and the telephone number. She also is collecting names of customers who would like to stay in touch with her.
While the gift shop is stocked with items now, she won't be adding new inventory as those are sold over the next month.
"Usually I over-order because the holiday is coming," she said. "But now I can't order extra inventory, because even if I find something right away, I will have to move it."
Noah lives at Meyers and has two small children ages 3 and 6, complicating the closure.
"By the time I get home, it's just a few hours before their bed time," she said. "I've sacrificed Christmas before to stay open on Christmas Eve. I was so exhausted on Christmas the kids had to drag me out of bed to open presents."
She said she's going back and forth on when she should close so she can move her inventory. She said she wants to reopen, but that she'll get the glass business back up first.
"It's funny, there are people who've lived here for 20 years and say it's the first time they've been in the store," she said. "But people from out of town always stop and visit the shops. When you don't have Main Street traffic like that, it can hurt your business."
Classical Glass originally opened on Industrial Way in 1981 and moved to the site next door to the Overland in 1982.
Noah purchased the business from founder Becky Soderman in 2010.
To keep in touch, visit http://classicalglassnv.com or call 775-782-5830.