Guinan's Farewell Notice ...

This letter from the Guinan family appeared in The Putnam County News & Recorder yesterday:


In 1957, Jim and Peg Guinan came to America with nothing but a dream of "making things better for their family." They bought a business in the Depot in Garrison in 1959 and the community welcomed them and their children with open arms. And we Guinan's have made many friends who became a "part of our family"... We were open on all the holidays for our "family of friends" ... We watched children grow to be married and have their own children who still patronize the store.

In 1988, Peg passed away and Jim continued with the business until his children began to take over. Their children "grew up" in the business as well.

And now it is time for us to say "Thank You" to all who became a "part of our family" and afforded us the opportunity of having "that dream." To those of you who have helped us over the years, we will not forget what you did for us. To Barbara and Murray Prescott - a very special Thank You!

On January 31, 2008, we will not say goodbye, but rather "see you around," and will close the store and start anew.

Come for the last "Rising of the Moon" on Thursday, January 24, 2008 and celebrate with us by dancing a jig an singing song.

With thanks and Sláinte.
Jim Guinan and Family.


Anonymous said…
This is a great article........ but makes me sad. Living so far away, I know I won't be able to make it north before the end of January. After visiting New York only a few time, Guinan's became my favorite spot. Yanks and Rebels can get along, it just takes people like the Guinans and a place like The Chapel to pull us all together. Thank you Jim, John and all the gang for a year of good memories. I pray only God's best for you all.
Becka Rogers
Bessemer, Alabama
Anonymous said…
How sad to hear this. Thank you so much for your wonderful book and for this blog, where the spirit of Guinan's will surely live on long after the physical doors are shut.

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