“We just want to say … thank you!” was the heartfelt message posted by Pat and Larry Grossi, owners of Bear Creek Gifts. After 18 years as the go-to store for all things western, the business closed its doors Saturday, May 20.
In the days leading up to the closing, customers came in to say hello, visit a while and perhaps take advantage of the going out of business sale. Shelves quickly emptied as merchandise sold.
“I think, as with everything, you know when it’s the right time,” said Larry Grossi. “We’re tired and just want to take time to relax and enjoy. When our lease renewal came up, the timing worked out perfectly.”
The decision was a gradual one, influenced somewhat by the fact that more and more people are buying online. Bear Creek will still have a website and an internet presence. In a few months, the cover page of bearcreekgifts.com will have updated details about the upcoming online store.
Clovis has been, and will remain, home for the couple.
“We’ll take six months and just chill,” says Larry. “Pat and I have been blessed. Every day there was something that made us laugh … it’s been a pleasure, an amazing adventure. The shop has brought wonderful people into our lives. We’re looking forward to the next chapter.”
Opened in 1998, Bear Creek Gifts and Cabin Decor had the largest and most complete selection of cabin and western decor and accessories in the Central San Joaquin Valley and perhaps in all of California. Over the years, the store grew to 3,600 square feet and carried specialty items, rustic furniture, accessories, décor and one-of-a-kind gifts. It was a popular place to shop, browse and enjoy nature’s showcase.
Carole Lester, Business Organization of Old Town’s Executive Director, said of Pat and Larry Grossi: “They have been wonderful shop owners and supporters of Old Town and B.O.O.T. Larry has volunteered many early morning hours helping our dealers get into their places at our antique and junk day shows. They are two of my favorite people and I wish them well! We hope to see them back in Old Town soon in a smaller store.”