B's Knees closing for final time on Friday

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO - Karen Porter will miss the "ladies" the most when she closes the door to B's Knees for the final time on Friday.

Porter, who has operated the women's clothing store since 2009, said not enough local support was shown over the years for her to continue.

“There's not enough business to sustain a space this size,” she said from the store, which is located along the Esplanade in downtown Truro, on Tuesday morning. “But now that I've put (closing sale) signs up, people seem to be aware of it.

“A lot of the locals didn’t shop here, and somewhere along the line, people thought I was a consignment shop.

“The out-of-towners loved it,” she said, noting she had customers coming from Moncton specifically to shop at her store. “I was always happy if my customers found something and they were happy. If they tried something on and they were feeling really good, I loved it. I had a knack for finding that perfect dress for the ladies.”

Porter has operated the business in three locations since opening four years ago - the first was behind Mario's pizza shop in Bible Hill, followed by Inglis Place and the Esplanade.

“I've been doing it all myself all these years. I'm tired and I need a break.”

Never one to be interested in clothing, Porter needed new clothes when she went looking for a job after her son, Brandon King, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 24.

“We expected him to go through some treatment and all would be well, and in an effort to help him, I decided to look for a new job,” Porter said, adding she had worked at a bank but had to leave when she became ill.

She knew of a maternity position with the Village of Bible Hill and applied for it, however she wasn’t hired. That’s when she opened B’s Knees, using her son’s initials, in 2009 behind Mario’s Pizza in Bible Hill.

“The intent was to help Brandon with things, but he didn’t make it. He passed away in 2010,” she said.

After King died, Porter moved her store, which carries high-end ladies fashions from stores such as Macy’s, Nordstroms and Bloomingdales, to Inglis Place in May of 2010, followed by the current location in June of 2012.

Porter said she was often told she could be charging more for the clothing, but she wanted people of all walks of life to feel comfortable in her store and have a chance to afford good quality clothing.

“I tried to have it so that everyone could buy the clothing and not spend a fortune on it.

“It is what it is. It’s sad. But doing this all by myself while my son was sick has taken its toll.”

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Inglis Place

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  • Debbie Bailey
    August 27, 2013 - 14:36

    Certainly going to miss this business downtown. Karen always welcomed you into her shop and went above and beyond to ensure you received the best possible service and products.

  • Joanne
    August 27, 2013 - 14:05

    Hi Karen, So sorry to read that your store is closing. Always loved when you posted pictures of your fashions, I know after a short rest, God will open another door for you. Hugs and Kisses are sent to you, and all the best in your adventures!