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Divine Inspiration to close in downtown Hastings

Divine Inspiration will be closing at the end of June. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia

Divine Inspiration will close its doors at the end of June after 13 years at 114 Second St., but it may not be the end when they shut the doors at the downtown location.

Jane and Colin Cain, owners of Divine Inspiration, began running the faith-based business about eight years ago. The store first opened 13 years ago, but the Cains took over in 2009. The reason for purchasing the store was not for a money-making purposes but they looked at it as a ministry, Jane said.

"Those purchases were keeping the lights on so that people can come in and pepper me with questions on the faith," Jane said.

The first several years as owners of Divine Inspiration, Jane said they had massive support from the community churches, but in the last few years the support was absent. Although they were not in the business for the money, they still needed to pay the bills. After about a year of discussions and prayers, Jane said that they decided to shut down the store in Hastings. It was a tough decision to make, but Jane said that she thinks it was time.

"We feel very much at peace with the decision," Jane said.

Liquidation sales will start June 1 and continue throughout the month. The second weekend in June will have a Christmas on the sidewalk event where Jane said there will be ornaments, advent candles, advent wreaths and more available for sale.

If there is any inventory left at the end of June, Jane said that they have a plan. While there are no immediate plans to open a store elsewhere, the Cain's home church in South St. Paul offered to house the remaining inventory there.

"This isn't an absolute shut the door for Divine Inspirations yet, we're still working on that," Jane said.

Jane said that she will miss the ministry that went along with the store the most.

"The people who have come back into the Catholic church through discussions at the count have been many," Jane said. "I mean, it's been so rewarding right up until this week."

She said that she remembers a woman hugging her and leaving the store with happy tears because she was so thankful to have someone behind the counter to talk to. There was also the young atheist man who came into the store regularly to discuss faith until he eventually visited one of the local priests a year and half after first stepping into the store. And the 18-year-old man who was thinking about leaving the church when he started talking to Jane in the store, but eventual restored his faith and attended mass.

"When you know you're helping people in a much better way than just finding a good gift for them to give to somebody, it's rewarding," Jane said.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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