Residents and visitors to Chapel Hill and Carrboro will have one more holiday season to peruse the items at Cameron’s for the unique gift or card for birthdays or holidays. The store will be closing in early 2019.

Store owners Wendy Smith and Bridget Pemberton-Smith announced Friday morning that the store would be closing after 42 years in business.

“Helping you find that perfect card, discovering the latest gift trends at the gift shows and running with it, and watching our customers who started off as kids grow up and have kids of their own: What a gift it has been to own Cameron’s!”

Cameron’s moved from University Place to 300 East Main Street in Carrboro in 2012. The store has been a staple for finding a unique card or gift for birthdays and holidays.

The current owners took over from store founder Danny Cameron in 2002. Cameron had operated the store since it was opened in 1977.

Community members seemed stunned by the news on Friday morning.

“Our hearts are so full of love and sweet, sweet memories. Cameron’s has been so much more than a store,” the owners wrote when announcing the closure. “We always say, the gift is in the giving and the fact that you all have trusted us to help you with your gift giving has been well….a gift to us! Our favorite days are when a customer returns to tell us how the gift went over. So let these last days be our best days. Come share your favorite gift giving memories with us. Come shop with us and make some new memories.”

The store will be running promotional sales starting Thanksgiving weekend through the store closure. No official date was given for the store closing.