My mother and I attended the Palo Alto art festival yesterday and had such a great time. The music was great, the art, the chalk drawings. Plus the crowds weren't too huge so that was nice.
We did however have one tiny hiccup which was unfortunate. There is a clothing store that appears to have no name but is next to Elite Cleaners and Cingular. They had big signs in the windows saying 50% off everything. So of course we were excited.
Before we entered, we noticed a note on the doorknob which said that you could only enter if you were willing to spend ten minutes in the store and were serious about trying on clothes or shopping. Well...how would we know if we were going to try on clothes, if we couldn't look through the store?
Within two steps of entering the store, the manager or owner, I'm not sure who she was - she came over and told us we couldn't shop unless we were willing to seriously shop. As she put it, this was a boutique store and she didn't wnat to have so much foot traffic dilute the store business.
We were immediately turned off by her attitude and behavior. And so we left. We stood around in disbelief at what had just happened. I have lived in Palo Alto for over 20 years and have never encountered this before at a store.
I would think that during a weekend when people are downtown for the festival, shopowners would in fact be grateful for all of the visitors and customers.
As we stood there, other people attempted to go in and they were also turned off by the sign or turned off by the owner/manager.
I can't believe that Palo Alto would allow this store to reside downtown. It's not good business for its residents nor visitors.