A Victim of Changing Times, Local Gift Shop to Close After 58 Years and Thousands Served

Image via Peg DeGrassa, MediaNews Group.

Langguth’s Gift Shop, with a 58-year legacy on East Hinkley Avenue in Ridley Township, is closing on Sept. 28 as another victim of changing times, writes Peg DeGrassa for the Daily Times.

Founded by Larry Langguth in 1961, the store flourished in Ridley’s business district for six decades.

The store had novelties, candy, cards, lotto tickets, country-style décor, holiday merchandise, jewelry, Delco-centric t-shirts, candles, scarves, purses, and giftware.

Hundreds worked there. Thousands shopped there. But now technology and other changes have affected its business.

“Keeping a card and gift shop running, in a small town like this, is difficult to do,” Joanne Langguth said. “People are ordering online and using Amazon. Few are shopping in neighborhood stores for gifts anymore.”

The closure is bittersweet for the family and longtime employees, some who have been there for 34 years.

“We are all as close as family,” Joanne said of the close-knit team at her store.

Read more about Langguth’s Gift Shop in the Daily Times here.

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