After three decades, Party Corner to close its doors

MILLSBORO, Del. – After three decades of helping customers with everything from birthday parties to weddings, baby showers to planning for the big game, The Party Corner in Millsboro is closing up shop.

It’s a big loss for customers like Felicia Purnell, who has used this shop to plan parties for over two decades.

“Birthdays, any holiday for all the paper plates, cups, napkins, everything… We have a relationship with here with her. And we’re going to miss her.”

Judy Henninger, the tireless owner, says this all started with her husband’s printing business, printing wedding invitations. Soon she was offering paper plates, cups and napkins, and it all exploded from there.

“One thing led to another, led to holidays, which then led to the teachers. That’s how expanded this business, it went nuts for a long, long, long time,” said Henninger.

The shop has things for every type of occasion, but what makes The Party Corner special to so many is the above and beyond service.

“You can come in and Miss Judy always is a welcoming person, it’s more home feel,” said Sheena Wright, a customer for 8 years.

But times have changed.

Being a local business owner has more challenges than ever, thanks in part to the amount of consumers who shop online.

“Everybody would come in and say well I bought this on the internet, or whatever, and/or the Dollar Stores,” said Henninger.

Add to that the fact that local teachers now purchase school supplies from a single supplier, slashing her customer base.

“It just wiped my sales down, and I had a lot of money tied up upstairs. I had seven rooms of school stuff.”

One thing that customers agree on, once Party Corner closes down, it will leave a void in the Millsboro community.

“It’s going to leave a big void, especially when it comes to the little kids birthday parties,” Wright said. “It’s going to be a big loss for the Millsboro community.”

The shop will close down once everything sells out. Henninger is offering 50 percent off most store items, and 75 percent off of school supplies.

The Henninger Printing Company, which is in the same building and owned by Judy’s husband Paul for 60 years, will remain open.

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