For you non-shoppers, Coldwater Creek is a retailer with stores scattered across the country and an on-line website dedicated to women’s clothing and accessories.
I like to shop. I get connected to places so it makes sense that I am sad when one of my favorites closes.
Sometimes the store moves out of my driving range and sometimes they go out of business. In either case it’s like losing a good friend.
Its mirrors have seen my half-naked body. It watched me try to cover a bulge or move some skin to a new location (that never works). It has seen me dance in glee when something fits. It watched while I flipped the bird when the outfit made me look like a dumpy dork. That is a pretty intimate relationship.
I started shopping with Coldwater Creek a long, long time ago. It was before there were stores. It was mail order located in Idaho. This was back when you filled out an order form and mailed it in. How primitive was that. It would take weeks maybe a month.
You had to be patient.
I’m not patient now when it takes more than three days to receive something I ordered on the web. Three days is a long time when you
WANT NEED something.
Lands’ End was another mail order retailer I used. The attraction for both was different merchandise that wasn’t available locally. Both offered a good quality product that was stylish enough but would last for several seasons without looking like yesterday’s lunch.
I bought my favorite short winter coat from Coldwater Creek many years ago. It’s red, still stylish and fun to wear.
Eight years ago Coldwater Creek opened a store ten minutes from me. It was in a fancy “lifestyle mall.” Best of all it was across the walkway from Starbucks and near the Barnes and Noble store. I doesn’t get any better than that! I was booked for the day!
The store was fun. The color display was amazing – tops and bottoms, scarves and jewelry – all beautiful.
I always took a smaller size in their clothing and they did carry small sizes. I can’t say the same for our local Chico’s which is always out of my size!
Their jeans were a good fit.
It was great for retail therapy when life got dull.
I liked their costume jewelry too. Different from the department stores. Interesting.
They sent me a letter about a month ago saying they were closing. Finished. Done. All gone.
I suppose I should go check out the sales but there is sadness about it all.
Maybe I’ll visit the Barnes and Noble store (while it’s still here) then end up in Starbucks.
Farewell old friend!