And one more sign: Dante’s closes its Admiral shoe store

Just got that photo from John Smersh at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) in the Admiral District, who noticed on his way home that Dante’s shoe store (near Zatz A Better Bagel on California just north of Admiral) has shut down. The signs direct deliveries and customers to the other Dante’s store in Olympia; the West Seattle phone number is already disconnected and forwarding to the Olympia number (which is on the store’s webpage).

14 Replies to "And one more sign: Dante's closes its Admiral shoe store"

  • JanS April 1, 2009 (10:13 pm)

    I’m not surprised. I live a block away from there, and never see anyone go in there, window shop – hehehe

  • lazy April 1, 2009 (11:58 pm)

    Why would you laugh at? I find that comment very disturbing.

  • lazy April 2, 2009 (12:01 am)

    I meant to say why would you laugh at that? I hope for his sake he doesn’t read this post. I wish the owner all the best in his next endeavor whatever it may be. Tough times indeed.

  • JanS April 2, 2009 (12:25 am)

    lazy..abasolutely…I have no idea why I did that. I, too, wish him well, and if I could erase that last part, I would….but the edit portion is no longer functional. I DON’T find it amusing, for the record…apologies to all concerned.

    Maybe TR has an instant edit button and can erase the “hehehe” portion? I truly didn’t mean to offend anyone…

  • jeannie April 2, 2009 (1:16 am)

    They had really nice, stylish, and comfy shoes, and the employees were friendly and helpful. I am sorry to see this independent business closing its West Seattle store.

  • Huindekmi April 2, 2009 (5:35 am)

    He had nice, stylish, comfy shoes that cost twice as much as I was willing to spend. I’m sorry to see him go, but I’m not really surprised.
    But I still miss Hullaballoo

  • ckm April 2, 2009 (6:26 am)

    Bring back Hullaballoo.

  • sa April 2, 2009 (6:57 am)

    I was shopping for shoes about 3 months ago and this store came up in a search as an authorized dealer for the particular shoe I wanted to buy. I went to their “website” and called the number. Even then the phone number went straight down to Olympia, no one would answer and no store hours could be found. Not to sound cold but if you want to survive as a small business these days you really have to throw yourself completely into it.

    I would have loved to buy my shoes there a few months ago.

  • KSJ April 2, 2009 (8:53 am)

    I buy exactly the kind of shoes he sold (like Dansko and Earth), because they last for years so I can justify the price. But I was really turned off the time I went in and asked for a pair of shoes in a womens size 10, and he said I don’t carry shoes that large because they don’t sell well. Great, thanks – you are standing in front of a customer with feet “that large” and I was willing to walk out in the shoes that day. So I would say, he was a really nice guy and I wish him well, but he wasn’t in tune enough with his customer requests.

  • mvs April 2, 2009 (9:15 am)

    Hullaballoo was a great store, so was Dante’s shoes… I wonder what kind of business will survive the high rental fees in this area… Good luck!

  • Gina April 2, 2009 (10:13 am)

    I am thankful to Dante’s. I went in to see if they carried any of the good, comfy looking shoes in a woman’s 7D at the store. They didn’t have any in what I was looking at, but he did tell me to look at their website.

    By going online, with the name of the shoe I found a great website with a huge variety of shoes!

    Thank goodness I was referred to the internet! Good people, not afraid to refer to the competition to get you a great fitting pair of shoes!

    I wish them well!

  • homesweethome April 2, 2009 (12:55 pm)

    sad to see them go – I have purchased several pairs there and was about to go up for my spring purchase, very sad to see another independent business leave the hood

  • RS April 2, 2009 (1:25 pm)

    Sorry his business failed. Maybe, like me, his potential customers couldn’t get past the name of the store and could only imagine tiny flaming shoes dancing around the various rings of hell. Or maybe that’s just me…

  • Donna April 3, 2009 (3:11 pm)

    This is very sad. I liked Dante’s and my husband and I each have several pairs from this store. The owner is knowledgable, hard working and very nice. I’ll try to go to his Olympia store when I’m there.

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