MAHOPAC, N.Y. - For the last week or so, Mahopac has been showing its love for Lyn's Cardsmart - a discount card, balloon, and gift store - after learning the store lost its lease and will soon be closing its doors.
The store has been a presence in its Rt. 6 location for 43 years - since the old drive-in was torn down - and has been under its current ownership for the last 11 years.
Owner John (who preferred not to have his last name used) said he's been searching for a new location for the store and is trying to keep it in Mahopac - especially after seeing how his customers feel about the closing. But nothing is certain as of yet.
How have loyal customers been taking the news?
"People have come in with tears in their eyes," John told Daily Voice, as he stood in front of half empty store shelves. "It's really nice that the town loves the store so much. People are disappointed and sad... a lot of people are heartbroken.
"I'm looking for a place in Mahopac," John added, "but it has to be a space that fits our needs. I'd love to stay in Mahopac."
John added it wasn't easy telling the store's five employees that he'll be closing the doors by the end of January. "It was hard telling them," he said. "Some of them have been with me for 10 years.
"It's just greatly disappointing," he added. "You get to know people, customers become more like friends... you get to know them. It's not easy."
Several things made the store popular - like their regular 50% discount on cards, gift wrap, bags and bows, and unique gift items.
The store will continue selling its remaining stock at deeply discounted rates until the end of January, and after that Mahopac will be hoping its card shop springs up in a new location.
Lyn's Cardsmart is located at 995 Rt. 6 in Mahopac. The store website can be viewed here .