Friday, May 16, 2008

Missing it now more than ever...


The Attic was my home away from home until last May 2007. I loved that store as much as my friend Jane, who owned it. Working there for almost 3 years, it never felt like a JOB. I was like a kid in a candy store..arranging furniture, creating vignettes, and wanting to take it all home! We also carried "new" home decor too, and it was always fun to order from the catalogues. It was always stuffed full! I can remember the owner calling every couple of days to ask, "Do you think we can fit another piece in?"


The Attic was located in Coronado, just a few blocks from the beautiful Pacific ocean. It had been a popular shoppe for nearly 10 years, and I always enjoyed chatting with the locals as much as I did the tourists, who came from all over the world. My favorite times of the year were the summer months and December. The annual Fourth of July parade looked like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell portrait. At Christmas time, all the shops would decorate the windows in hopes of winning 1st Prize for best window.


Sadly, the business was sold last May and I've missed it ever since. The new owners made some dramatic changes. New laminate flooring replaced the old cement floors and purple paint covered our serene beach palette. It's now a baby & kid's clothing shop. It's a cute shop, but the neighboring shops tell me that even after a year, the tourists still come by looking for The Attic. I'm not at all surprised. It was a landmark!

10 comments:

Donna Lynn said...

OH I AM GREIVING WITH YOU!!! My heart just aches when a really wonderful store goes away, we had this amazingly cheap antiques mall here in Port Orchard go out of business about 6 months ago, there was a big hole in my shopping heart! "Your" store looked like something fabulous, right out of a magazine! Hopefully you will find another place that will fill the gap...did you do the store display? That is some beautiful work!!!!

Have a pretty weekend!
XXOO,
Donna Lynn

Sweet Repose said...

Your song playing makes it even harder to say goodbye. Our downtown is losing many of it's great stores too. Iowa is such a conservative state, that when the media says it's bad, the people all retreat to the storm shelters. We are just hoping that our cheap rent, $350.00, will be able to pull us through these hard times...so we try the show cirquit again...wish us luck...s

a said...

I hate when that happens! Oh bud I can see why you really loved it there! If I was closer it looks like it would have been a favorite store for me:) you've added some awesome stuff to your store! love that display cabinet in one of your photos...is it yours? Gorgeous! xoxoxo

p.s. yesterday I bought your naked drink...good gowd is that stuff goood!

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

How sad to see such a wonderful place close. :-(((( But so wonderful that you have such lovely photos -- it was fun to visit, and it would surely have been one of my favorite places to shop!

diana said...

gonna have to try that naked stuff !! lol. Such a great looking shop... we are losing some of my favorites here in the hill country.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What a beautiful blog you have. This shop looks like my kind of store. It seems the best shops go out of business, too bad for us. I understand your longing for it!!

Jane Crosby said...

I miss it too Nanc, only you know how much.
One of the luckiest days for us was when I hired Nancy, who quickly became manager of The Attic. Her genuine kindness brought in Thank you cards and even gifts from grateful customers who were touched by her.
She made me feel good about myself. The Attic is gone but I still have my friend~ for always

amber said...

Nancy, I love your blog! It's so good to see and remember the Attic and the beautiful friendships that have bloomed from that era. I just got off the phone with Jane-I agree! The Attic is a beautiful memory that should always be treasured. It was so much more to me than furniture (although the furniture in my home is so amazing!) I had a woman who offered to buy any and all of my attic furniture (No thank You!) Those pieces in my home are a wonderful reminder of that piece of heaven on the little island of Coronado. Thank you Attic gals! A special hello to you Nancy! God bless and take care! Love, Amber

Kandi said...

Hey Nanc, what a great new addition to your site !! Oh, The Attic, forever in our hearts, Huh ? Jane and you are the best, need to get another store together. Unfortunately, Coronado has limited space and very expensive. Good Luck to you, Nanc !!!Love, Kandi

Pam said...

Oh how I miss this beautiful place. This was part of my life, not just as the "Pillow" designer
but as part of my soul....I am grateful for being part of such a special place with such amazing people..The Attic was a gift for those buying gifts..the favorite place to be. My heart will always
be in the Attic by the sea. Why , oh why did it have to go away ???