Show Me Antiques liquidating rest of stock, closing for good

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This weekend will be your last chance to say goodbye to a historic downtown business in Hannibal, and we’re already learning more about the future of the building from the landlord.

The building has housed Show Me Antiques for the past 50 years, but when the 99-year-old owner of the business got hurt earlier this year, she decided it was time to clear out the stock and retire.

“It’s fun to be with people, and you never know what was coming in the door,” said former store owner Ila May Dimmitt recalling the years of running the store.

She said Show Me antiques was founded when she and her late husband retired in 1968, it’s seen a lot of Hannibal history, like the ’73 flood, and was even honored by the mayor with a proclamation last year.

But when she fell in February, she had to make the call to close up shop for good.

“When it first happened, I said how long will the recuperation take, and they said from two months to two years, and that kinda scared me, and when I got in here and the more I hurt, the more I knew [I needed to close up shop]” said Dimmitt.

The landlord of the building Sara Anton North said while it’ll always be remembered as the home of Show Me Antiques, she does have plans for the future of the building

“We have known for a long time that when the time came there would be a great deal of interior renovation,” said North, adding that with the rise of downtown living in Hannibal, she plans to turn the building into living space after renovations, including a new HVAC system.

She said it’ll be a return to form for one of the oldest historic buildings in Hannibal.

“[These buildings] were designed to be commercial on the first floor and residential on the second floor, and as that’s evolved in Hannibal, it’s time to do it here too,” said North.

For Dimmitt, she’s thankful for all the support from the community over the years.

“Thank them all for all the good, and all the nice people, people from all over the world,” said Dimmitt.

North said currently there’s no timeline on the renovations, and they’re working with someone this weekend to hopefully sell the remaining stock of the store.

If you’re interested in seeing the store one last time, they’ll be open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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