Monday, May 21, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten.

It's a grainy Iphone photo, but perhaps that's a good approximation of the mists of time. I was meandering around Harvard Square today and thought I'd stop in at Woolcott & Co., a pretty decent LYS, and the only such one in the immediate area. Well, like so many others of its ilk and of late, it had transmigrated to the Great Yarnstore in the Sky.

Yet the signage remains, even if the store is dark and vacant. Could it be that overhead costs killed Woolcott, inasmuch as the Square, which increasingly resembles a generic upscale mall, commands astronomical rents, and most of the ambient shoppers are either tourists, or highly-focused students, or youthful fashionistas who in all likelihood don't knit much, if at all?

On returning home I did a Web search to see what I could learn about Woolcott's demise after decades in business, and learned that it went belly-up about three years ago. Has it really been that long since I'd strolled around Cambridge?

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