4 comments on “A Pearl Among Stores

  1. I felt the same way when I read that Pearl Paint was gone. It took a while for me to consider looking elsewhere for what I needed, I loved that place so much.

    I go to Utrecht now…. it pales in comparison.

  2. It is hard when something we expect to be where it always was is no more. There may be other places carrying the same supplies, but it is not the same.

  3. It’s sad when we see unique places like these close their doors It’s not just in big cities like New York City, either.

    On a side note, the name of your store reminded me of a favorite children’s book, Pearl Paints. it is out of print. I would be upset if I lost my copy, but I still loan it to our art teacher for a lesson every year…

  4. We won’t need Armageddon to get a sense of the scorched earth awaiting us. We merely need to examine the landscape of lost icons. I don’t know Pearl Paint but did read about the impending closing of F.A.O. Schwartz. What’s happening in NYC has long plagued small towns across our amber waves of grain for decades. Unfortunately, the turning to big box stores and online retailers won’t subside just because another iconic business has closed. We seem to have a disconnect between our thirst for a bargain and our longing for meaningful places.

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