Grandview School Supplies, Star Beacon Craft Store to Close

Star Beacon Products, Grandview Heights’ go-to place for school supplies and arts and crafts supplies for nearly 90 years, is going out of business, a casualty of the pandemic.

The third-generation family business, which opened in 1936, is scheduled to close on August 31. The store started a liquidation sale on Tuesday.

“It is very difficult. It’s very emotional … It’s just a big family business,” said Barb Rohrbacher, who has worked at the store since she was 10 and is the mother of current store owner Frank Schirzinger.

Bruce Davis of Grandview was shopping at Star Beacon Products with his Boston terriers Adele and Layla on Tuesday after the store announced it was closing.  Davis estimates she has shopped at Star Beacon for 40 years.

Rohrbacher’s husband, Tim, helped keep the store open in recent months along with other family members and friends.

Rohrbacher largely blamed the pandemic for the store closings, along with lost sales for major retailers.

In the first summer of COVID-19, sales were cut in half because schools were closed and remote, she said.

“You have already received all the products and the bills are due,” she said. “Suddenly you’re not making any money.”

Then the supply chain problems started.

“It’s hard to deliver things,” Rohrbacher said. “We are still receiving shipments that were ordered a year and a half ago.”

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