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Ben Franklin and Homestead House Gifts closing in Waterloo


It used to be a booming area of Waterloo, but now two long-time businesses are closing their doors for good. Ben Franklin and Homestead House Gifts in the Kimball Ridge Center will soon close.

Homestead House Gifts was opened by Mary Ellen Molinaro back in 1974. For almost four decades along with her beloved employees, she's been selling precious keepsakes to the Cedar Valley. Recently she decided it was time to close the store that meant so much to her and her husband.

"When Bob passed away in September we had talked about it before hand and without him I just knew I couldn't handle it," said Molinaro.

Local business owners in the area say this part of Waterloo is as busy as ever, but every now and then a store closes.

"All of our customers want the best service possible again it doesn't matter if it's an orthopedic surgeon or someone selling a vase for the thanksgiving table, you've got to be fully motivated to take care of the customers day in and day out. There comes a time in everybody's life that says it's time to pack up my tent and go home," said Jim Lind, the owner of Jim Lind Service.

Despite these two stores closings owners say it's still an exceptional place for business. The parking lot still gets packed and the owners say they get plenty of business off the major roadway nearby Kimball Avenue and Ridgeway Avenue.

"I think it will come back. It always does, but I think it's going to take a few years of somebody working really hard," said Molinaro.

"It doesn't matter what part of Waterloo you're working from, if you give a good product and great service they're going to beat your door down," said Lind.

Homestead House Gifts will close after the holidays. Ben Franklin will close the end of this month.

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