(09/19/13) - A longtime downtown Flint business is up for sale.
The Mad Hatter has been around for more than 90 years and many downtowners hope that run isn't over.
The Mad Hatter in downtown Flint is so much more than a hat store.
It's the go to place for many downtown residents and merchants.
"He had condensed milk or something I needed for a recipe," said Tracey Whelpey, owner of the Lunch Studio
The owner of the Lunch Studio is among those who have come to rely on the shop for help like that. But the time has come for the owner of the Mad Hatter to move on.
"Just getting ready to retire, slow down," said Robert Kittel, owner of Mad Hatter.
Kittel is putting the store and the building up for sale. The asking price is $400,000.
The store itself opened on Saginaw Street 93 years ago. Kittel and his wife kept the tradition alive for many of those years. Now, they hope someone else picks up the torch.
"My best case hope is that someone would still want to take over and run a hat store, but so far, I haven't had a lot of lookers interested in the store - only the building - but the best case is someone would continue to run the store here," Kittel said.
Others hope for the same outcome.
The store front has become a symbol of resilience for the Vehicle City. Few other businesses have stood the test of time like the Mad Hatter.
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