On Nov. 28, two mainstays of Logansport life will be gone.
That’s the date that Cindy and Eric Meister haves set as their retirement, closing both his chiropractic practice and her shop, The Village Peddler, both sharing space at 1828 E. Broadway since about 1999.
The birth of their first grandbaby was a significant reason to retire, Cindy said.
“After 21 years of that, I thought I was ready to do family,” she said.
And business is still good, even with the pandemic
“I’m so thankful for Logansport because they’ve really supported us. I couldn’t ask for a better customer base,” she said.
Their retirement became public on Aug. 20, and since then, they’ve been winding down.
He’s stopped accepting new patients and is going through the x-rays, recycling ones of patients who haven’t been there for two years for the x-rays’ silver.
The store has had “going out of business” sale banners in the windows, and she’s been discounting the prices. They’ve also sold the building.
Eric first became part of the Logansport business community in 1972 when he bought the practice of Dr. Bernard T. Baker at 409 North St.
Later, Cindy helped with office work.
After the Cass County Jail was built near that office, his patients had trouble finding places to park.
They bought the building they’re now in, but then they had a dilemma.
“It was too big in the downstairs,” said Cindy.
They had to figure out what to do with the extra space.
She had a doll business before, and they sold vitamins and supplements at the first office.
Cindy knew how to run retail and she knew crafters, so The Village Peddler started out with craft booths that were so successful, it was hard for the artisans to keep them full.
She started finding more and more items at retail shows, and the store became the gift store and eventually became a Thomas Kincade gallery and dealership.
Then employees talked her into carrying clothes.
“We did really well with it,” she said.
However, clothes got to be too much, and they stopped just before COVID-19 hit.
“The Lord led us to different things at different times, and I can see his hand in it,” she said.
Although the retirement news is more than a month old, and there’s still more than a month to go, people know they’ll miss the two businesses.
Abigail Jackson has been a client of both businesses, going to Dr. Meister since middle school for scoliosis and shopping at The Village Peddler for “years and years,” she said.
“I’m very sad, sad to see them go,” she said. “I have a lot of memories coming here as a kid, and we were always treated like family. I’ll miss seeing their faces.”
She’ll miss shopping in the store because it’s an escape for her, and she thinks the store adds something to the community
“We definitely need another shop like this,” Jackson said.
Kathy Hillis was a regular customer, too, before she started working at The Village Peddler three years ago.
“The community is going to be at a loss,” Hillis said. “It’s a big void.”
Although some stores carry similar items, such as their vitamins and supplements or gift items, “no one else in town carries this variety,” she said.
It’s also the only place that carries a lot of bereavement items, she added.
Some items, such as the Ambre line of essential oils and similar products, are exclusive to The Village Peddler because in an area so small, it’s feasible to have only one vendor.
The Meisters said they will also miss parts of their businesses, mostly the people.
“We’re family at The Village Peddler, and I consider my customers to be part of that family,” Cindy said. “You get close to people after so many years.”
It will be hard for her to lose those connections, and she said that Eric will miss joking with his patients.
“They’re sad and I’m sad,” she said. “There’s a part of me that wants to keep going. But I’m getting old.”
She’ll also miss going to the merchandise shows in places like Chicago and Atlanta.
“The buying shows can be fun. The jewelry shows can be fun. There’s just too many of them. To run a store, you need to keep up with trends,” she said.
Unfortunately, Cindy is not seeing many customers before retirement.
She broke her leg Sept. 3, requiring her to get rest and stay home.
Cindy said Eric will miss joking around with his patients and getting along with them, making housecalls sometimes and praying with them sometimes.
Eric protested tongue-in-cheek that his work is serious and joking wasn’t professional.
They also hope that someone moves into the space, possibly a similar business.
“That is an excellent spot,” Cindy said.
It’s downtown and on a busy road, and it has parking spaces and window visibility for a store.
She and the staff enjoyed decorating the window areas seasonally and for the holidays.
The city will also have a need for a business that will have items for bereavement and for babies, she said.
Although the Meisters are retiring, they still plan to be in the area and their house and part of the community.
People will still see them around, they said.