Cullman Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 27

A cuckoo clock still hangs on the wall of the Touch of German shop in downtown Cullman. The business, closed since December 2014 is under new ownership in October and will be reopening. Touch of German owners John and Judi Caples get former owner Peggy Grobe’s opinion on which floor they should install. For Judi it was indeed a special day. Her mother died before seeing the store change hands. When she sat down with Grobe to sign the business trans- action on Aug. 7, it was her mother’s birthday. “We wish she could have been here. In a lot of ways, having this store honors her,” Judi said. Aiming to capture a portion of Cullman’s Ger- man heritage, customers will find steins with the city and founder’s name emblazoned on the exte- rior. An antique toy train will be a surprise for chil- dren and adults alike circling around the store. And while many aspects of the store’s traditional stock will remain, look for a few twists such as Ger- man-English books for children, a play area and other features yet to be revealed. “I was following my heart when we were consid- ering bringing back A Touch of German. I think it’s something Cullman needs,” Judi said. Cullman magazine | FALL 2018 27