Mud and Metal to close after 23 years in Hampden

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Hampden craft shop and art gallery Mud and Metal is shutting down next weekend after 23 years of doing business in Hampden.

Owner Carol Breining confirmed her shop is closing in a message; the store has an ongoing closing sale this weekend and next, according to a Facebook event.

“The shop is closing and I am selling the building,” she wrote.

Since it opened on W. 36th Street—a.k.a. The Avenue—in 1995, Mud and Metal has offered a wide array of gifts, home furnishings and one-of-a-kind crafts for sale, from animal-themed garden art and kitchenware to handmade jewelry, wall decor and an array of ornaments and furnishings. Many of the pieces are made with recycled materials by artists from the area and around the county; as a a 2014 profile from The Sun put it, Breining ”specializes in an inanimate form of reincarnation.”

Mud and Metal’s upper floor, dubbed “The Gallery Above,” serves as a rotating fine art gallery that also hosts classes and events year-round.

The store initially opened in a smaller space in the 800 block of W. 36th Street, but later moved to its larger home at 1121 W. 36th Street in 2006, when Breining bought the building, according to Mud and Metal’s website.

Breining expressed gratitude toward those who have supported her business.

“I have spent 23 years in beautiful Hampden partnering with amazing artists from around the country,” she said. “I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me thrive for so many years.”

The space is currently listed for sale for $350,000, according to online real estate listings.

The store is marking down items for its closing sale this weekend and next. Breining said May 12 will be its last day.

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