Farewell to The Gap

This year gave me quite a bit to look forward to.
I was lucky enough to be hired to work with one of the most well-received stores in the Downtown Brooklyn area, gain an unexpected promotion within my arrival and learn some overwhelming news along the way.
The store I most recently said farewell to will now share farewells themselves.
The Flatbush Avenue Gap at Kings Plaza will be closing down.
It’s quite a surprise to hear.
The store that once housed a beautiful variety of Men’s, Women’s, Kids, and Baby clothing will no longer be. Loyal customers will now have to travel as far as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, or 17th and 5th, considering the unfortunate closing of South Street Seaport from Hurricane Sandy.
Originally, Kings Plaza was the shoppers destination for local Brooklynites and Gap was the place to find your must have basics. As the economy changed and gentrification reared its head, the need for the mall changed. Security tightened up as rambunctious after school shoppers participated in unfortunate mayhem and assisted in the downgrade.
I was given the opportunity to work with wonderful people and learned more humbling and lifelong  lessons there than at any other Flagship location in my 5 year Gap history. I applaud and salute the ten year team and those who desired to make a difference.
The store may be closing its doors as early as the 26th of January.

Word on the street is, alongside Gap’s inability to make quota, the property owners were not interested in downsizing and rebuilding the space and may be utilizing it as a Food Court.

How strange is that?

Here are a few pics of Gap Kings Plaza- hard work and merchandising.

My VERY first window set on my 2nd day of work at Gap Kings Plaza Sept 2011

What I like to call “React to Sell Through” Floor Change after a big sale with limited merch
Window change for Gap Kids and Baby Gap

Quick moves made during power hours in Women’s Dressy Dept

Playing dress up in KP fitting room

A beautiful window set by Annalee, Jessica, and Myself

Fun Updating window presentation for GapKids

What is your reaction to Gap at Kings Plaza’s closing? Is it well needed or could it just use re-vamping?
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A Bit About Me

        Most people know me for my sense of humor, outspokenness, high-energy, and most importantly, my son Zachary (otherwise known as Zac). From the day he was born, my life changed. It became a little more exciting. A little more interesting. Instead of using make-up or having cute shoes or a wearing a great hair cut, I have the cutest, most liveliest accessory in this guy (but I’ll address his coolness in the following issue)

       I’m a Visual Merchandiser at The Gap so, I have a lot of fun meeting new people, styling them and their families and just making things look beautiful. You’ll be able to see some of the work my Brand team and I have done. I’ve been lucky enough to work at many different stores within the East Coast, met tons of great people in the midst of it.

   There are a lot of interesting characters in my life. My VERY West Indian-American mother, my perfectly HILARIOUS older sister, a few eccentric and unusual friends you may get to know and love as well. Throughout my journal, I hope you’re able to use us as a reference for fashion from real life people. With real incomes. And real responsibilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

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