WORTHINGTON - A downtown Worthington business is closing its doors, but its owner is leaving the entryway to another future venture ajar.
Lit’l Wizards, which has offered children's toys, teacher supplies, educational offerings and assorted gifts for more than a decade, will close later this year, though there is no final date determined.
“We’ve been open 13 years, and it has been an adventure,” owner Maria Thier said Thursday, after announcing plans to close to earlier this week on social media. “It has been an adventure. We are definitely not closing because of poor business - that has been the number one question. Our customers have been very faithful to us.”
Thier noted that the business was started from scratch and has prospered thanks to strong support from family members - including her parents, brother Todd and husband Mark - along with that faithful clientele. The decision to close was not one that was made quickly.
“It’s been over a year that we’ve been weighing out different options and different things,” she said. “We were approached with different options, and maybe a few months from now, we’ll be sitting down to write another story.”
Lit'l Wizards will be accepting gift certificates, in-store credit and coupons through Oct. 1, Thier said. All fixtures in the store are also for sale, not to mention the counter, slat wall and outdoor electric sign.
Though Thier is closing Lit’l Wizards, she still remains deeply committed to Worthington. She’s currently a member of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. boards of directors, and is also on the Blue Mounds Figure Skating board in Luverne.
“We have no plans to go anywhere,” said Thier, who with her husband has four school-age children. “The Thiers plan to stay in Worthington - this is home, and downtown Worthington is home, too.”