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Threadbare Bryan Walker

Threadbare

Bryan Walker

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Anytime a business goes out or under, people are affected. When a small-town business thats been a pillar of the community for over fifty years goes out, the psyche and the spirit of an entire community is injured. Threadbare is about just such aMoreAnytime a business goes out or under, people are affected. When a small-town business thats been a pillar of the community for over fifty years goes out, the psyche and the spirit of an entire community is injured. Threadbare is about just such a circumstance.Bryan Walker, the stores last owner and the author of this book, had worked at Kimmel-Meehan Clothiers for more than 24 years, waiting for the chance to take the reins of a business he had fallen in love with. Bryan finally got his chance—but ten years later, the store was gone. Victims of changing trends in the American business landscape, both Bryan and the mens clothing industry were brought to their knees by a devastating economy. Threadbare tells the story of a business in its final hours, as its owner vacillates among feelings of disbelief, sadness, and disappointment over Kimmel-Meehans impending failure. Finally, it tells the story of how Bryan overcomes the powerful emotions of depression and shame and learns to stand up again.The story begins with Bryans early love affair with the store, moves to his plans of revitalizing the business, and climaxes in the heartache of saying goodbye to the labor of a lifetime. Finally, the book concludes with an wizened appraisal of where Bryan and the industry he loves will go in the future. Threadbare is a story that travels from Main Street USA to the malls that surround it, from loyal customers to vanishing profits, from inspired merchandising to unrelenting misery, and from euphoria to bankruptcy.But most importantly, Threadbare is about a small store in a small town. It tells a tale of the people who define a business, including the employees, customers, friends, sales reps, bill collectors, and even the specialists hired to close it all down. With an appealing balance of poignancy and self-deprecating humor, Bryans point of view is both immediate and intimate. It is a heartwarming and heartfelt tale about the end of an American dream.ABOUT THE AUTHORBryan Walker has spent more than thirty-four years as a retailer in the mens apparel business. During his career as a salesman, manager, and sole owner of a clothing store, he has handled all phases of the operation, including buying, selling, merchandising, and staffing. As an owner, Walker served as a board member of the Montrose Shopping Park Association for five years, handling promotions and advertising for a 135-business strong Merchants Association. He was also an executive board member for the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts, where he worked alongside representatives from influential companies such as Lockheed Aircraft, Parsons Engineering, Pacific Bell, and Bank of America. In 2006, he was given the Montrose Business Achievement Award by the Montrose Shopping Park Association, In recognition of the outstanding qualities of imagination, customer service, and unique merchandising, which have uplifted the character of the Montrose Shopping Park. From 1997 through 2009, Kimmel Meehan was voted the number one menswear retailer in the city of Glendale, California by the readers of the Glendale News Press.Read more at www.ThreadbareBook.comAvailable for a limited time for $0.99