Owners Stiles Colwill, former chairman of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and business partner Jonathan Gargiulo sent a letter to customers informing them of the impending closure after 12 years in business. The store will hold a sale this Friday, January 10 and close the store after they run through their inventory, Colwill told Baltimore Fishbowl. The fine home shop occupies nine rooms in a historic house on a 122-acre estate in Greenspring Valley. Its selection includes antique lamps, kitchen supplies, glassware, art, and furniture.
“We wanted to keep it fresh and it was increasingly harder and harder,” says Colwill, who describes the owners as inveterate shoppers. Colwill also runs an interior design business while Gargiulo works in his family’s antique business, New York-based John Rosselli & Associates.
Antique shows have become smaller and more commercialized and homogenized. “We saw the same thing everywhere and it wasn’t exciting,” Colwill says. “We want to go on a high note.”
“Times have changed for retail establishments and it has become more difficult to find unusual goods to bring to you and with more and more shopping online, it becomes harder and hard to compete with that venue,” Colwill and Gargiulo wrote in their letter to customers.