Church-goods store in LR clos­ing doors

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - The Guardian Arkansas Catholic. — Noel Oman

Guardian Church Goods, the first Catholic re­li­gious goods store in Arkansas and a fix­ture at its West Sev­enth Street lo­ca­tion for 50 years, is clos­ing.

A sign on the store at 411 W. Sev­enth St. says it is hold­ing a “Go­ing out of busi­ness sale” with most items avail­able for 25 per­cent off.

Michael Lipsmeyer, 69, the owner, said he ex­pects the store to re­main open un­til July 30. Lipsmeyer, who took over the store from his fa­ther, Ed­ward Lipsmeyer, 40 years ago, said he made the de­ci­sion to close af­ter be­ing un­able to find a buyer.

The store car­ries rosaries, Bi­bles, prayer books, pa­tron saint medals, cru­ci­fixes and stat­ues as well as gifts for the sacra­ments of first com­mu­nion, con­fir­ma­tion and bap­tism. Guardian Church Goods also sells can­dles to parishes in the Catholic Dio­cese of Lit­tle Rock, which cov­ers all of Arkansas.

The store was founded in 1950 as part of the dioce­san weekly news­pa­per, for­merly called

and now known as the Lipsmeyer’s fa­ther took it over in 1966.

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