‘They were friendly and helpful and knew their customers'
Shirley MacLeod, middle, was one of many Temptations customers who stopped in to say goodbye to those working at the store during its final week in business. She is pictured with long-time employees Janice Barnhill, left, and Brigit LaPointe. Shoppers can still drop in today for a visit and a chance to pick up bargains.
TRURO - The closure of Temptations, a high-end ladies fashion shop, will not only mean one less place to shop, but also the loss of a place where people could relax and share a laugh.
"This was a happy place where we took care of our customers," said store manager Brigit LaPointe, who has worked at Temptations for more than 10 years. "We listened to them and knew about their lives. They would talk to us about their families, their trips and their health. This place wasn't just about clothes and cosmetics; it was somewhere people could come and find a friend."
Today is the final day of business for the downtown Truro store that has been serving customers for 26 years.
LaPointe said the past few weeks have been emotional with many customers dropping in to say goodbye.
"We want our customers to know that we're going to miss them so much and wish them all the best," said LaPointe. "It meant a lot to us to be part of their lives. We hope we were a good part of theirs. We had a lot of laughs and good times."
She said some people would come in to shop or have their make-up done as a way of relaxing.
Shirley MacLeod, of Truro, said she often shopped at Temptations and it was one of her favourite stores.
"It will definitely be missed," she said.
Another customer, Diane Daniels, said when she first came to Truro the name of the store caught her eye and she soon became a loyal customer.
"When I went inside two things that really impressed me were the personalized service and that they had Clinique products," she said. "I really appreciated that fact that I could call and tell them what I needed and they would have things ready for me. If I said I needed black slacks in a certain size they would have a few pair ready for me to try. If I called and told them I needed my make-up they would have it ready in a bag for me. They were friendly and helpful and knew their customers. It was a perfect spot for me."
Janice Barnhill, who worked at Temptations for about 15 years, said a day at work was also a social event.
"I think we provided a pleasant experience when they came through the door," she added. "I made some lifelong friends from working here. The staff became like my extended family."
Betsy Eisner, who has owned Temptations for the past 15 years, said times are tough and a downturn in business had prompted the closure.
Wanda MacInnes, of Annabel Design Apparel, will be opening a fashion store in the space being vacated by Temptations. The new business is expected to open early in September.