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Sunday, March 15, 2009

For Lease


Photographed March, 2009

The other day, I decided to go up Sutter St. to go get something I saw in a store a few months ago. On the way, I was shocked to see that many of the boutiques that have been around for years are now either displaying either "Going Out of Business Sale" signs, or a "For Lease" sign when the space is already vacant. The store I was looking for was gone as well.

L'autre jour, j'ai décidé d'aller acheter quelque chose que j'avais vu dans une vitrine de la rue Sutter, quelques mois auparavant. Sur mon chemin j'ai été surprise de voir de nombreux signes "Soldes Pour Cause Fermeture Definitive" ou simplement " A Louer" dans les vitrines. La boutique que je cherchais avait, elle aussi, disparu.

In my neighborhood alone, in the last few months, 8 businesses have closed their doors so far (and 5 or 6 of them in the last 2 months or so): a shoe store, a nail parlor, a tobacco and newspaper shop, a stationery store, two women clothing store, and the consignment store one block down is is getting ready to do the same thing.

Times are hard, even here in the Bay Area.

Dans mon coin, ces derniers mois, je compte 8 petits commerces qui ont fermé leurs portent (dont 5 ou 6 qui viennent juste de le faire il y a un mois ou deux): un magasin de chaussures, un salon de manucure/pedicure, un vendeur de tabac et de journaux, la librairie en face de lui, deux magasins de vêtements pour femme, et j'en oublie, je suis sure.

Les temps sont durs, même ici.

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5 Comments:

Blogger claude said...

C'est trriste et malheureux. Vois tu ce week-end nous sommes allés, mon Chéri et mois exposer nos meubles au Slaon de L'Habitat pour y trouver de nouveau clients, sinon, il risque de nous arriver la même chose.

2:43 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Not good, not good at all...
Don't know what I'm going to do for food, but I'm going to go live in a hole in the ground...

The big art gallery -- I've forgotten it's name -- on your right as you come into Sausalito from the north, is vacant... A real eyesore for tourism...

Other towns in Marin have been hit a lot harder than Sausilito, though... San Rafael is starting to look pretty grim... Several businesses have folded here in Fairfax, and you can tell that the others are just hanging on by a thread...

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I see a lot of closed retail and commercial businesses down the peninsula too. And have friends looking for work. Very sad...

10:02 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

C'est à des petits signes comme ça qu'on voit la crise et c'est sacrément triste...

Oui tu as bien fait de passer la cabane de ton railroad crossing en blanc, c'est beaucoup beaucoup mieux.

Et puis j'ai adoré l'histoire "like mommy" parce que oui, j'ai évidemment cru qu'elle faisait du Pole dancing. What fun!

3:18 PM  
Anonymous from cali said...

One weekend a chocolate shop was open and exactly one week later it was closed and everything inside of it gone. Scary times, indeed.

8:05 PM  

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