Edna and Clair Toponce moved to Lander about 50 years ago shared their daughter Laura Rosqvist. After moving to Lander they purchased Ben’s Market and renamed it Super Foods. While Clair ran Super Foods until the early 1990s, Edna opened up Hearth and Home about 25 years ago.
Laura said, “Mom [Edna] loved fine things and had a fascination with the Amish lifestyle.” Hearth and Home was always filled with unique, high-quality goods and there was something for every budget noted Laura. It was the place you could purchase a log bedroom set and a Christmas tree. Laura also shared, most people do not know this but Edna was a painter and sold some of her paintings in the store.
Hearth and Home was originally located next to Super Foods at 735 Lincoln Street. A few years ago, it was moved across the street and the plan was to make the previous location Amish made home goods only. When the current location was almost finished Edna was diagnosed with cancer. Edna passed away two years ago and Clair continued to manage Hearth and Home until his recent retirement. Laura said, “All these years of working 6 days a week, he’s finally going to enjoy his children and grandchildren. And make us all laugh.”
“It is very sad to close down, but there are no other family members in town able to run the business.”, shared Laura.
Edna and Clair not only provided goods through their businesses to Fremont County, but they were very generous people giving anonymously to the causes and to those in need. Laura shared, they contributed significantly to the community over the years.
Hearth and Home employee Gerry said, “Her dad [Clair] is the best man to work for.” Laura also noted multiple customers have come into the store as they are preparing to close down and have shared stories of Edna and Clair. One, in particular, shared they would come into the store just to talk with Edna when they were down. Edna could always cheer them up.
Laura said, “They are really sad this is all closing down, selling the building and his home.” The whole family absolutely loves the people of Lander and Clair wants people to come visit him at Creekside Senior Living in Bountiful, UT.
The actual closing date will depend on how much furniture is still in the store. Everything is for sale and all reasonable offers accepted. They are asking that everything put on layaway be paid off and picked up by October 15th.