Well, it was nice having a downtown shoe store while it lasted.
In news other than the impending snow terror, we got an email earlier from the lovely Style of Civilization on the 100 block of Gay Street -- where we just bought the cutest pair of shoes Saturday! -- and they are calling it a day. Owner Nina Phalen writes with the sad news:
Dear Friends,I am sorry to report that SoC will be closing the Knoxville store. As many of you know, the location we chose to plant roots is a challenging area with limited foot traffic. Unfortunately we can't sustain the business.I have enjoyed this journey and thank you for your support.So, stop in to shop our liquidation sale and bid adieu to the little shoe boutique that tried.Hugs,Nina
Phalen says that gift certificates WILL be reimbursed if you can't find anything cute to buy -- that is, unless the gift certificate was a donation. In the latter case, you better get shopping.
We can't express how bummed we are to see one of the most promising retail venues of the past few years close up shop. Hopefully something equally cool will open in its place.