Cullman Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 25

Touch of German owner John Caples shakes hands with former owner Peggy Grobe on the day Caples and wife Judi, right, officially took over ownership of the longtime Cullman business. Globe’s husband Larry Dinsmore is at left. The shop has been closed since December 2014. ell, was the founder and leader of the Birmingham German Club. Growing up in Birmingham, and traveling to Germany, the love of the traditions of German cul- ture were deeply set in Judi. A nutritionist in her career, everything seemed to bring her to stand in front of old store. Her hus- band is a Cullman County native, and they settled here, with John working in construction mainte- nance at St. Bernard Abbey. Meeting former A Touch of German owner Peg- gy Grobe settled the matter. “She was inside working one day and we went in. I told her I loved her store and I wanted it,” Judi said. “A lot of people had approached her about the store and she had been disappointed. We talked all day and learned about each other. When we sat down to sign the papers, it was a special day.” AMANDA SHAVERS-DAVIS Peggy Grobe waits on a customer on closing day December 20, 2014. Cullman magazine | FALL 2018 25