CL and Linda Cissna have announced their retirement, and with it, the closing of Cissna’s Sporting Goods and Trophies, their Louisville, Kentucky-based retail shop, which specializes in custom-engraved team sports awards. According to the owners, the decision has been years in consideration.
Cissna’s originally opened up shop back in 1973, making 2018 its 45th year in business.
CL explains that he grew up in the trophy industry, so this career path was a natural choice. “My dad started a basement business after he lost his job. He and a friend decided they wanted to go into the trophy and sporting goods business, and I would go every day after school and on weekends to help make trophies.” Seventeen years later, CL and Linda expanded his father’s shop on 1012 Clarks Lane to where it now resides: 1026 Clarks Lane.
CL notes that he has seen the industry grow through major technological developments including the introduction of computers and laser engravers, and the rise of plastics.
As they gear up for their next chapter, CL writes, “Many well wishes and thanks from the past and present customers.”
Also reflecting on their years in business, Linda adds, “We stayed in business because we believe in service. There were always good customers waiting until the last minute and CL would always get it done for them. They would call all times, even nights and Sundays, because they forgot to pick their orders up, but CL would be there for them.” She concludes, “We have made a lot of friends here in the past 45 years and will miss them.”
To commemorate the shop’s history and successes, the Cissnas will host one final closeout sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.