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Chanel a landmark?

I didn’t realize that Chanel, Gucci, Fendi, Prada and all the other blase chain stores are what define Aspen (Roy and Iris Martayans’ letter to the editor, Nov. 11). When did Chanel become “the Landmark of Aspen?”

Call me silly, but I thought it was unique, local businesses like Andre’s, Unicorn Bookstore, Aspen Luggage, Aspen Drug, Hildegard’s, Double Diamond, Club Soda, NXT, Grottos, Smuggler Land Office restaurant, the Tippler, and other gone-but-not-forgotten favorites that made Aspen special.

I suppose the Martayans are correct in one aspect ” everyone should be concerned about the livelihood of our city. However, Aspen’s defining character can’t be overlooked. What a cliche resort town Aspen has become, overrun by pricey retail chains. What about the loss of homegrown businesses? Where did all the “Mom and Pops” go?

What a shame. The Martayans’ concern is about the “real estate bubble” bursting rather than nourishing the town’s character. Isn’t it the high-rent real estate bubble that got us into this mess, killing our Mom and Pop shops? Oh yeah, and landmarks like Chanel.

Michelle Bonfils

Aspen


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