SYCAMORE – After 10 years of operation, Christy Klein is closing Glass Gardens so she can get a real job.
“It’s time to go onto a new adventure,” Klein said. “Time to get a real job, like everybody else.”
When her son was injured in school, Klein said the fact that she lacked health insurance was an eye-opening experience for her. She said benefits are hard to come by as the owner of a small business.
Although she acknowledged the economy has been hard on everybody, she said there were reasons that played into her decision to close her custom glass store, which has been at 215 W. State St. in Sycamore for two years. The store was in DeKalb for eight years before that.
The store, set to close June 30, is having a 25 percent discount on all items. Using different techniques and equipment, Klein makes stained glass, fused glass and beads for customers. She also sells custom supplies and equipment used in various glass arts.
Klein said she was worried about having to explain to potential employers about the gap in her résumé.
“It’s weird to put it all back out there,” Klein said.
Even though she might become a bagger at a local grocery store, she is not giving up her glassworks yet. She said she will continue to teach a class on it at Kishwaukee College, where she originally learned how to make glass 12 years ago.
She said she really enjoys the patience and the demand for attention that glass arts commands.
“The glass makes you focus and forget the rest of the world,” Klein said.
But running Glass Gardens meant she did not have time to do it recreationally.
Things have changed since she decided to close the store.
“I get to do it again, for fun,” Klein said. “I’ve missed it.”