September 1, 2014

Medina
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Longtime Medina shop closing

MEDINA — Gramercy Gallery, a fixture of Medina’s historic downtown for more than two decades, will close its doors at the end of January.

“I began to feel that even though it’s been a labor of love all these years, I just wanted some more time off,” gallery owner Pam Miller said Sunday.

Miller, 66, took over the store in 1989 from Patricia Boyle and has been running it for 23 years.

The shop’s merchandise includes an eclectic mix of items, including greeting cards, pottery, prints, home decor and scarves.

Some of Miller’s favorite items now are mismatched socks and quilts made out of antique Indian saris.

Everything in the store is now discounted, and Miller also is selling antique furniture pieces and store fixtures.

Miller said she hopes to liquidate her remaining merchandise by the end of January. But the lease runs through February. She said she’s gotten some inquiries already about the space.

“Hopefully a new and different business will be going in there,” she said.

Although she’s retiring from running the gallery, Miller said she will continue to be involved in the community.

Miller is on the Medina County Board of Elections and the Medina Hospital board. She is also involved in Main Street Medina.

“I’m very much committed to the whole preservation movement for the Square and the neighborhoods around it,” she said.

Miller was a member of City Council for 13 years and served five years as council president.

Before that, she was on the Medina Board of Education for eight years. She has also served as chair of the Medina County Democrats for 12 years.

Miller plans to use some of her newfound free time to visit her siblings on both the east and west coasts and to go to more museums.

The gallery is at 221 South Court St., just south of Public Square.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.