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After eight years in business, the owners of Sips on Sherman at 1741 Sherman Ave. in Evanston are closing their wine shop.

Owner Maggie Noonan says she and her husband Dean opened he story on May 1, 2008, and will close it eight-year-to-the-day later on April 30.

In the meantime, Noonan says, they’re planning a celebration for their customers to mark the transition from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 23.

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Noonan says the first few years for the shop were awesome — challenging and fulfilling.

But after she fell ill four years ago, things became far more difficult, as she went through a grueling, ongoing recovery process.

Noonan says it left her husband, who has a full-time job outside the shop, trying to juggle what had been some of her responsibilities at the wine store as well as help care for her.

Maggie and Dean Noonan in an image from the Sips on Sherman Facebook page.

The lease on the store space was up for renewal this August, and Noonan says their landlord, aware of her health issues, offered to let them end the lease early, and has found another tenant to take over the space.

“That was music to our ears,” Noonan says.

“I’m not sad about this,” she added. “I honestly look at it as a milestone and the right thing to do. Eight years is a long time to be in retail.”

The store initially opened as an outlet of the WineStyles franchise and adopted the Sips on Sherman name after going independent two years ago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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