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National Art Shop is holding a liquidation sale starting this month.
Photo courtesy National Art Shop
National Art Shop is holding a liquidation sale starting this month.

National Art Shop to close

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National Art Shop is closing after more than five decades in business.

The 509 S. National Ave. staple is scheduled to liquidate its inventory starting April 8, according to a news release. The closure is expected at the end of June.

"After celebrating the store’s 50th anniversary last year, Jerry and his wife, Jean, are ready to devote their time to other pursuits and call it a career," officials said in the release.

The store sells arts and crafts supplies such as canvases, paint, paper and brushes.

National Art Shop opened in 1970 at the corner of Bennett Street and National Avenue, near the Springfield Art Museum. The store relocated in 1986 to its current home at the corner of National Avenue and Elm Street near Missouri State University, according to a Springfield Business Journal 2010 Business Spotlight article, titled “The Art of Small Business.”

Jerry and Jean Sanders ran the shop with help from Jerry Sanders’ mother, Louise Prater, and his aunt, Lucille Hammond, until they retired in 1981, according to past reporting.


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Jerry and Jean are great people and great customers. Enjoy your retirement guys'.

Monday, April 5, 2021

We just learned National Art Shop is closing. We were at CVS just across the street when my husband announces "where will we get our art framed?" We moved here in 1983 and used their business that year to frame my husband's medical certificates for his office. We have tried using other businesses , and was always very dis satisfied when we picked up our art or other certificates that needed framed. The biggest problem was picking up our art and learning it had been cut to fit a frame at the store! We can all hope that some one will buy the business and continue to provide SW Mo. with reputable work.

Monday, April 5, 2021

You have to wonder if a developer has sights set on putting in another high-rise building at that prime location. The skyline of downtown Columbia, Missouri, has forever changed with several taller buildings that have effectively blocked sunlight from South Ninth Street--at one time known as 'The Strollway."

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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