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Jill's Hallmark closes after 32 years in Woodstock

After 32 years in business in the Woodstock neighborhood, Jill's Hallmark store has closed. Owner Judy Hamilton held a retirement sale all during February, discounting cards, gifts and other seasonal stock. “I’ve made a lot of friends here,” she reflected. “I have fond memories of getting to know my customers, and it's been great watching everybody's families grow up through the holidays. However, we’ve been open daily for a lifetime now, and it’s time for me to retire, relax, and regroup.”

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Judy Hamilton, owner of Jills Hallmark in Woodstock, closed the store and retired from the business in February, after 32 years behind the counter. The cheerful blonde has been busy clearing out her shelves while saying goodbye to friends. “The neighborhood has been wonderful here – very supportive,” she smiled. “This store was started by my late husband Dick Hamilton and his father, ‘Ham’ Hamilton, in 1982.

“I’ve worked here seven days a week, and I’m happy to be retiring so I can spend more time with my family and friends.”

Hamilton’s favorite holiday has always been Valentine's Day. “It has a short selling period, and it was fun harassing all the men who came in for cards at the last minute,” she said with a laugh. The 3,800-square-foot business also carried stationery, picture frames, wedding supplies, seasonal knick knacks, balloons, and gift wrap – and, of course, Hallmark greeting cards.

Hamilton was allowed vicariously into many families’ celebrations, and was pleased to share in so many special occasions. Now she wants to spend special time on her own. “It’s been a great run,” she sighed. “But now I’ll be able to enjoy all the holidays myself, as well.”