CHANDLER, AZ — From State Forty-Eight t-shirts and hats to desert cups and mugs to prickly pear lollipops and candy, Sibley's West in downtown Chandler has been a staple gift shop for Arizonans and tourists alike looking for local and unique items for more than a decade.
After 11 years, owners John and Michelle Wolfe are retiring and recently announced that they would close their beloved store in June.
"We are grateful to have met so many great people at Sibley's West --- our talented team members, hundreds of Arizona artists and business people, and, of course, our loyal guests, who made the store successful," the Wolfe's wrote in their post.
In a post on their website, the Wolfe's said they initially intended to officially close in the fall when their lease expired but moved it up a few months to allow another business to move in and begin construction.
Stopped by Sibley’s West today to talk to John and Michelle about closing their store and their upcoming retirement. Here, Michelle sends a heartfelt thank you to those who’ve stopped by their store over the years.— Josh Frigerio, ABC15 (@JoshFrigerio) April 15, 2021
“You’ll miss us, but we’ll miss you too.” pic.twitter.com/wmCpRoLI8e
Sibley's West will have a retirement sale before the official closing date. Additional details would be announced in the coming weeks, the website said.
As for what's next, ABC15 has learned that d'Vine Gourmet, a Chandler-based business that sells gourmet gift baskets, chocolates, caramels, and snacks will take over the space.
Owner Denise McCreary told ABC15 that she plans to begin construction over the summer to build a commercial kitchen where customers will be able to see the candies and chocolates being made. She also plans to keep some of Sibley's West's legacy alive by continuing to sell items from Arizona artists.
McCreary said her original location in South Chandler will remain open and will eventually focus on corporate orders once the downtown Chandler location opens.
As for their retirement plans, the Wolfe's said: "We have a lot of travel planned and friends and family to reconnect with."
The shop is located on the corner of San Marcos Place and Boston Street in downtown Chandler. It is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
IF YOU GO:
72 S. San Marcos Place Chandler, AZ 85225