Orland Park Crossing
9500 W. 143rd St. Suite 200
Orland Park , Il. 60462
Mon. to Fri. 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sat. 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sun. noon to 5:00pm
Phone : 708 364 9860
Email : email@example.com
Website : kriskringlehaus.com
This will be the last year for Kris Kringle Haus. Jim and Cleo (the owners) and Stella (the dog) have decided to retire after 25 years in the Christmas business. They will miss the great customers and the buying trips to europe, but not the long hours and demanding work.
The last day open will be January 9th, 2016. There will be a BIG RETIREMENT PARTY this day!! There will be cookies , cake , candy , and mulled cider. This will be our last chance to get together and we hope ALL of our old friends and regular customers will stop in for a gala send off!!
It was 25 years ago that Kris Kringle Haus opened in Geneva, Illinois, as a year round Christmas Shop. The owners, Jim and Cleo Gierucki, a couple of true Christmas nuts, fulfilled a long held dream by creating an authentic European style Christmas store. With no prior retail experience between them, and not the foggiest idea about importing, they just plowed ahead, learning as they went . The shop was filled with imports from Germany, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland and the Czech and Slovak Republics, and a fine selection of American made products to round out the unique offererings. Experience was a stern teacher, but the Gieruckis learned fast and the store took off - eventually having a mailing list of 25,000 names of people who had physically come into the store and asked to be put on the mailing list.
Then circumstances beyond the control of the owners started to take a downturn. The opening of two major shopping malls nearby caused a serious decline in foot traffic on Third Street, and a decline in walk-in sales. At the same time the booming collectible market bubble burst. Remember the surprising end of the Beanie Baby craze, the steep decline in sales of Hummel, Disney Classics, Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies, and many more. Collectibles were an important part of year round sales for the store. These factors and rising rent made continued operation unprofitable, and it became necessary to close the shop on Third Street.
Not willing to give up their passion, the decision was made to continue running Kris Kringle Haus, but as a seasonal Christmas store, and closer to the Gierucki's home in the southwest suburbs. For the last ten years Kris Kringle Haus has been open for the Christmas Season from different locations in Orland Park. The store's hallmark of importing direct from Europe, and featuring articles made in the good old USA has been continued through today, and was well-received.
With the inevitable advance of age, the physical demands of setting up the shop, working seven days a week, and then tearing down the store have become more onerous . So the decision was made to retire after this last Christmas Season. The retirement sale with commence on the first day of opening, October 5th . The last day of operation will be January 9th, featuring a "RETIREMENT PARTY !!" with cake, cookies, candy, and mulled cider. Old friends, regular customers, and new friends are all invited to help celebrate 25 "wonderful years" of indulging in Christmas!
Thanks for everything!
Jim & Cleo (and Stella) Gierucki