Just after 18 a long time in organization, Cate and Sally has closed their Skaneateles women’s clothing boutique of the similar identify.
Located at 4 E. Genesee St., cate&sally became a staple of the village’s retail landscape by carrying designers that could hardly be located in other places in central New York, such as Eileen Fisher, Lilly Pulitzer and Michael Stars. But as they neared two a long time in organization, longtime friends Cate Davis and Sally Mason just felt it was time to near, Davis explained to The Citizen on Wednesday, the store’s ultimate working day in company.
“We figured we experienced a rather superior run,” she explained, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic did not enjoy a position in the choice. “We experienced a wonderful 12 months this 12 months, but it just was time.”
The boutique was at first meant to shut Nov. 28. But because announcing the closure on Facebook this summertime, Davis and Mason have previously offered practically all of their remaining inventory of clothing, extras, jewelry and a lot more. Many shoppers have expressed their gratitude to the proprietors for opening cate&sally, Davis explained, and their disappointment to see it go. The sensation is mutual, she added.
“We’ll overlook the folks. I consider we had been well-known for our shopper assistance,” she said. “We were being fortunate to celebrate birthdays, graduations and weddings with many of our clients.”
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Buddies due to the fact attending Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior Significant University collectively, Davis and Mason every used many years performing in retail and manner before opening cate&sally in Could 2003. They traveled across the state, from New York Metropolis to Los Angeles, to stock the boutique with the finest designers they could, Davis stated. The keep intensely prioritized American-produced clothes as properly.
Very last yr, Mason moved to Pennsylvania to be nearer to her grandchildren, but continued aiding run the boutique remotely. Davis also strategies to invest more time with family members, she said. The space will following be leased by Lisa Dietz, proprietor of fellow Skaneateles boutique Emma + James, who will open a new small business there, Hap + Major.
“We had a large amount of good adventures around the a long time,” Davis reported. “We’re blessed to be element of the Skaneateles community.”