Saturday, December 4, 2010

#77: In memoriam: Spark

They say every cloud has a silver lining.  Given the typical state of the sky in South Bend, we residents develop quite the skill at finding the good in everything.

Today, Joya Helmuth, the owner of Spark Fine Stationary, announced that her store will be closing December 31.  Happily, Joya found a good job at Apple that better suits her interests, but she could not manage both the new full-time job and the store.  Spark's closure is not for a lack of customers, but rather, a lack of entrepreneurs willing to buy her fine business.  

The silver lining?  Most everything in the store is 40 percent off -- pens, posters, paper, everything.  (Just in time for the holiday season.)  Vulture-ishly, I went at noon today as I heard the news, and already some merchandise had sold out, so go sooner rather than later.

Regardless of the silver lining, clouds are still clouds.  Spark, we're sad to see you go.  And if anyone is considering a career change, how about running your own stationary store?


  1. Just wanted to mention that I went in yesterday (12/9) expecting things to be all cleared out, but they seemed to have just as much inventory as they did normally. So go check it out, there are still plenty of goodies.

  2. Great to hear! Thanks for the update...