Pipka Ulvilden has announced that she’s retiring at the close of the year, marking the end of 45 years in business, including 40 in Sister Bay.
Ulvilden announced the news on Facebook, saying that the coronavirus “invaded our country, our thoughts, our businesses and our families,” causing her to reevaluate the future of the business.
“Consequently, after 45 years in business, I’ve made the decision to retire and close my shop,” she wrote. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but it feels like the right thing to do. I want to spend time with my family, work in my garden, give back to my community and maybe, just maybe, someday spend springtime in Paris, which has always been my dream.”
Pipka’s (pipkas.com) is hosting a retirement sale through the end of the year, including discounts on the famous Pipka Santas. The store is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.
“Thank you for your friendship, laughter and sometimes shared tears,” Ulvilden wrote. “I’ve met you on your honeymoon, watched your children grow up and then seen your grandchildren visit Door County, carrying on your traditions. Thank you for listening and allowing me to listen to you. Thank you for appreciating my art, Santas, cake, garden and all that is Pipka’s.”