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Published on August 30th, 2016 |


Gretchen’s Children’s Shop to close after 64 years, 3 owners in Buckhead

Gretchen’s Children’s Shop, a toy and gift store that has been in business in Buckhead since 1952, is closing later this year, according to a story by the Northside Neighbor newspaper quoting owner Anne Ames who is retiring.Gretechen's 2

In a letter emailed to the Neighbor and posted on the store’s front door, at 1246 W. Paces Ferry Road, Ames explained why.

“I am so proud to have successfully operated the store for the past 15 years, and have very much enjoyed the opportunity to serve everyone. But the time has come for me to join my husband in retirement,” said Ames, who is the third owner of Gretchen’s in its history.

“I have been searching for someone to take the reins, but have not been successful and have therefore made this decision to close the store,” Ames added.

Gretchen’s will have a retirement sale starting Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and everything in the store, including its fall and holiday inventory, will be on sale. Ames said she has not determined yet what day the store will close, and it depends on how fast its ordered inventory will sell.

Ames is the fourth person to own Gretchen’s. She bought it from Cindy Price and her mother, Kay Kattel, who purchased it from the original owner, Loucile Baxter. The store was named for Baxter’s mother-in-law, Ames told the Northside Neighbor.

Ames grew up down the street from the current location of the store, which was originally located on Peachtree Road in Buckhead before moving to West Paces Ferry.

The store will be closed Sept. 2 through 5 for the Labor Day holiday and for staff to unpack new merchandise.


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    2 Responses to Gretchen’s Children’s Shop to close after 64 years, 3 owners in Buckhead

    1. Chris says:

      Don’t feel too bad for the owners. I called to inquire about purchase and was told they’ve had a standing offer for the business for quite some time. Looks like the Northside Neighbor was just being used to solicit more offers.

    2. Joe Picone says:

      My name is Joe Picone. The founder of Gretchens was my grandmother Lucille Baxter. Always been proud to tell people that she was the owner and founder of corrections. It’s always been such a fine store and so many people in the Buckhead area dressed their children in clothes from Gretchen’s. It’s sad to me to know that the name in store won’t remain.

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