Nell Hill’s Home Store Founder Sells Kansas City Business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The founder of Nell Hill’s home store is selling the business she started nearly four decades ago to a Kansas City couple.

The deal closed late Friday. Brandon and Katie Laughridge have been in negotiations since this spring with the store’s founder, Mary Carol Garrity, who has written nine books on home decorating and has a blog and syndicated column. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

Garrity’s original store in Atchison, Kansas, became a popular day trip destination for people from the Kansas City area. In 2007, she opened an 18,000-square-foot, two-story showroom in Kansas City, Missouri. The Atchison location closed two years ago.

Garrity says she considers herself “one of the luckiest humans” to have gotten to do something she loves for so long.