Park Street's In Bloom to Close

Owner Monisa Croxton says she expects Aug. 26 to be her store's last day.

with owner Monisa Croxton was of the stories that Alameda Patch launched with back in Sept. of 2010. 

Croxton, a second generation Alamedan, opened the Park Street boutique catering to 'tween girls last July. 

, she opened the store to fill a need: "I have three girls. It was frustrating always having to leave the Island to shop for them."

But, she says, it's time to leave. Everything is 40 percent off. 

"Let people know that if they still have gift certificates and Trubates offers to come use them quickly," Croxton wrote in an email. 

"Closing is a hard decision," Croxton wrote, "but it's something that is best for my family right now."

char teare August 15, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Too bad about In Bloom but with Old Navy, Ross, TJ Maxx and Laurens Closet there are alot of choices for tweens albeit not as high end as In Bloom but are Alameda parents really spending that on their girls? Probably not. This store would've done better in Orinda or Lafayette. Let hope Park Street Business Assoc.stops encouraging multiples of the same businesses share the "small" downtown and start targeting some needs of the community that we dont have such as a womens shoe store, Cupcake store/bakery, girls accessories (Claires), those are what the people of Alameda could use.
Frances Montell August 15, 2011 at 08:52 PM
My 8 year old looooooooves this store and is so sad to hear that it is closing. We didn't get all her everyday clothes here, but it is great for a special item or gift. We are going to miss this store!
Li_ August 15, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Bummer! A really great store for this grandmother to take grand girls to shop. Lovely smalls for them to use their present certificates. Nice togs, always appropriate, always a pleasure. I have no idea where to go to find this combination of practical, tasteful, special. Thanks for a year of fun shopping. Good wishes.
joel August 16, 2011 at 05:05 PM
As long as the City will give south shore shopping center {traffic nightmare is a better qualificatif } no business will generate enough profit on park or any other part of the island for that matter to survive , park street is a constant rotation of peoples opening a business with hope and can't compete with large discount chain , yet they are the one that have kept our local economy afloat not the south shore as tenants simply file for bankruptcy and leave . Rents are too expensives in Alameda , simply look at the space that was used for jazzercice of the High street bridge , the landlord raised the price sky high , the facility has been empty ever since , the City should approach these skiming landlord and assess them with the taxes on the last tenants , overnight you will see countless of empty stores front occupied . We do not need South Shore it is economically destructive and has been since it was built. Our Mayor cCity councils , planning dept went as far as distorting the fact to give them a break . Hey where did border go ? Stroll on Park street and the book store is still open . generating revennue and paying taxers which are used to pay our appentice swimers with the fancy shinny red truck .
Cottoncandy August 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Ok even if there's other clothing stores on Park Street, In Bloom was extremely cute. They had really cute clothes and accessories.


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