When I heard that Crabtree & Evelyn — the go-to place for specialty soaps, body butters, that kinda stuff — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, my first thought was for Westport.
Some of the 126 Crabtree & Evelyn (pronounced “EVIL-in”) stores in 34 states will close. Would ours survive, or will we soon see a gaping hole in that prime Brooks Corner corner?
I called the local number. A perky voice asked how she could help.
“I’m Dan Woog. I write a blog about Westport. I heard about the bankruptcy, and was wondering if….”
“I can’t comment,” she said sharply. “Thank you.” And then — very thanklessly — she hung up.
I’ll start stockpiling body lotions, foot creams and mousses today.