Goodbye, Dear Friend

Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

The end of last week I heard some very sad news about the first store that ever carried the Dapper Snappers Kids Belts line, Segal’s for Children in Beaverton, OR.

I tried calling the store last week only to have the call not go through. After a few tries, I decided to check out their website to make sure I had the right number. This is what I saw:

Dear Friends,

After 32 years in business the time has come to close our store. Declining sales and my recent health issues make a compelling case for retiring. Therefore, we are holding a Retirement Sale to clear out our entire inventory at reduced prices. We invite you to check out the bargains.

We are grateful for the support of our many friends and loyal customers through the years.

Sincerely, Al Segal

Wow, is all I can say. Talk about a shocker. After 32 years in business, they are retiring and closing their doors for good.

For those of you who aren’t privy to it, here is a little Dapper Snapper history for you: Segal’s was the first store to give me a chance; a store who believed in my product enough to stock it in their store before we had a proven track record. In a time when stores were freaking out about the new CPSIA legislation that hadn’t even passed yet, Segal’s saw something in Dapper Snappers that I hadn’t even fully realized.  I would go to their store every 2-3 weeks and check inventory personally, write invoices on the spot, and replace any damaged packaging. I did quite a bit of “hand holding” with their account, although now that I look back on it, it may have been them holding my hand. I am so saddened to hear about this and wish the Segal family nothing but the best in where ever their road may lead them.

I hate that I found out about the store’s closing by reading it on their website, but life gets in the way sometimes and we don’t get to touch base as often as we would like. Segal’s will be missed dearly. We are all upset to see you go.


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