Along the storefront of the former Bay Hills Card & Gift are a series of thank you messages from loyal customers.
The Arnold-based Hallmark location closed its doors this week, after being open for just over 25 years.
Store owner Brad McCormack told Patch that keeping the store open was no longer financially feasible. McCormack said he was closing his family business, which he inherited from his father, and moving on to a new chapter in his life.
In a farewell message to his customers posted on the store's door, McCormack wrote the following:
"It is with deep regret that Bay Hills Card and Gift is closed. Thank you all for the many great years of being part of the Broadneck business community."
In addition to McCormack's own farewell words, dozens of customers wrote their own goodbye messages on a long sheet of wrapping paper, now posted inside the store.
A selection of their messages:
"Brad, I will miss this store! You have been a great neighbor."
"Good job over the years."
"Brad, sorry to see you and your team leaving. We have great memories of coming in with our kids in strollers."
"What will I do without this store?! I have been coming here forever!"
"Brad and staff, my heart is so heavy because you are closing up. You have been a delight for all that shopped here. Best wishes in your new adventures!"
"You will be missed more than you know..."
"The shopping center will not be the same without the Hallmark. We will miss you. Best of luck, and thank you!"