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Husband-and-wife duo buy The Map Shop on Kings Drive

The Map Shop on Kings Drive and Morehead Street
The Map Shop on Kings Drive and Morehead Street Courtesy of Tony Rodono

The husband-and-wife duo who own City Prints in Charlotte have purchased The Map Shop on Morehead Street and Kings Drive, a Charlotte mainstay that has adapted by offering specialty gifts as people rely more and more on digital maps.

Tony and Katie Rodono opened City Prints in 2012 and have since sold over 50,000 map art prints of modern visual images of cities, college campuses and aerial views of sports stadiums, the Rodonos said in a statement announcing their acquisition of The Map Shop.

The store’s previous owners, Ted and Patrice Northrup, opened The Map Shop in 1991 on South Boulevard and moved it to its current spot in 2000. They say they wanted the store to be in capable hands as they retire.

“(Tony Rodono’s) combination of prior entrepreneurship, e-commerce and mapping experience will be a sure-fire recipe for the continued success of the business we built,” Ted Northrup said.

The Map Shop offers a collection of over 7,000 local and world wall maps, folded maps, Charlotte-themed gifts, travel guides and globes. The shop also has three full-time cartographers, who develop custom maps for businesses and individuals, like topical relief maps for people with mountain houses.

The shop’s also been online since 1998, giving it ample time to establish a digital customer base.

In a 2013 interview with the Observer, Northrup said the store was undergoing a number of updates to stay fresh. That included some aesthetic changes, such as a new logo and new awnings, and some additional services like map finishing, framing and mapping services for businesses.

“If you’re not changing, you’re not staying,” Northrup said.

Ely Portillo contributed.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta