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  • #944479

    elma
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    I was in Northwest Art and Frame this morning to buy greeting cards. I was quite offended by the rude merchandise displayed in several places. Placed over some items were signs that said “for adult eyes only.” Is anyone else offended by this?

    I did let the cashier know what I thought. She said she woukd pass it on to management.

    elma

    It makes me sad—I really like/liked this store.

    #944484

    newnative
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    Hard to say when you don’t describe what was offensive. If the items are covered, why would you be offended?

    #944485

    montanapup
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    I find that merchandise humorous and one of the unique qualities of NW Art & Frame. NWAF is my go to for little gifts, which includes some of the more spicier items. I’ve lived here for over 25 years – and they have always had these cute gifts. If you find it offensive, then dont buy it or look at it! Dont be sad! It’s just not your thing, and that’s ok.

    #944489

    mark47n
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    Now I have to go and inspect! I’ll let you know how I’m offended by the lurid merchandise.

    #944496

    montanapup
    Participant

    My favorite are the socks!!!!

    #944499

    jissy
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    elma: If NW Art and Frame offends you, DO NOT go into Alair. I went in there once – appreciate the humor, was thankful my kids weren’t with me that day.

    #944540

    22blades
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    See the manager or owner & have a discussion. Telling a cashier isn’t a fair or effective remedy.

    #944544

    dmk
    Participant

    Personally I am not offended at all in fact I found them hilarious and bought a couple of dish towels.

    #944545

    PangolinPie
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    I love NW Art and Frame and I’ve purchased so-called “offensive” stuff there more than once. And after reading this post, I’ll be going back ASAP to buy some more. It’s not like they’re selling Penthouse there, for Pete’s sake; if you can’t handle slightly adult humor, I do encourage you not to visit them (and I’ll make up for their loss).

    #944546

    aa
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    I’m sad after reading the comments in response to Elma’s post. I don’t understand the criticism toward someone expressing their feelings. Have we really come to a place in our world that people can’t do that anymore? In my opinion, NW A&F is a family store and I’m sorry they feel the need to include items in their inventory that are so potentially offensive they have to be given a warning.
    For me personally, I had to stop going to that store years ago because of the large volume of scented products.

    #944547

    PangolinPie
    Participant

    Well, if Elma can express her feelings, then certainly the rest of us can as well, no? I’d say if someone is offended by grown-up stuff in a store, then coming here to complain about it is pretty pointless. They can simply avoid going to the store again; frankly, why should anyone else care, except that they are looking for some kind of justification to further their outrage? That’s my feeling, thanks for understanding that I am free to express it. :)

    #944548

    elma
    Participant

    It has been interesting to read these comments. I realize the demographics of The Junction have changed in the last few years. The concentration of younger adults means the businesses must consider that market when stocking merchandise, etc.

    I have seen the “edgy?” items in NW Art and Frame before. But, yesterday it appeared to be a larger stock of items and more of them what I consider rude for public display.

    What is offensive to one is not to another. For merchandise in a store that sells to all ages this was my limit.

    #944549

    PangolinPie
    Participant

    Ha; I’m in my mid-50s. I guess it’s more about attitude than age, eh?

    #944555

    newnative
    Participant

    I was asking an honest question and it wasn’t answered. So, what aa refers to as “criticism to elma’s expressing their feelings” is just a group of people defending a local business from slander.

    #944558

    Tony S
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    There was a story on NPR yesterday about the enormous number of complaints to the FCC regarding the Super Bowl halftime show this year. The lead singer of Maroon 5 took off his shirt and they could see his nipples.

    Outrage ensued.

    #944596

    gooseface
    Participant

    I agree Elma – my daughters love going there but it’s a little tough to explain all the “humorous” items. It doesn’t really fit in with what we’re trying to teach them about being respectful. But – it’s obviously just my version of respect! Definitely doesn’t reflect current society. I think I’m getting really old. Or super outdated!

    #944602

    Lincolnparklove
    Participant

    We should always try to lift up each other. Let people know what you love. How about a shirt with the Chief of the Duwamish Tribe ,a woman how great is that !

    #944607

    KBear
    Participant

    Is there something new and more risqué at NW Art & Frame, other than the same cheeky merchandise they’ve had forever? Or did they just put up new signage because some busybody complained? Guess I’ll have to go check it out.

    #944627

    pelicans
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    Dear Elma,
    In regard to my previous reply, I agree with you. IMHO, there has been a coarsening of society in the last several decades. Most WS citizens will probably pile on me about this, but it’s true. All the gloves are off as far as polite society and mannered discourse is concerned.

    #944675

    22blades
    Participant

    Let’s not unleash on frontline workers. They’re not the buyers. They’re not the manager. They’re not the owner’s vision of retail. They’re trying to make rent.

    Discuss before you cuss.

    #944723

    JoB
    Participant

    frankly .. i am tired of someone else’s outrage determining what i can purchase. They wouldn’t stock the items if they didn’t sell. it really is that simple. they must sell.

    so if what they sell offends you.. don’t go there. there are plenty of other choices.

    personally i will not shop Hobby Lobby because their corporate stance towards women’s healthcare offends me.. but hey.. they aren’t that far away and they have a huge parking lot.. and i am guessing nothing in there will offend your delicate sensibilities.

    #944724

    CarDriver
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    Stores can only stay in business if they have thing’s people want to buy. Nobody is forced to buy anything. If there’s something in a store you don’t agree with don’t buy it. If something isn’t selling it won’t stay stocked for long. If you want to express outrage go after the customer’s that are buying.

    #944777

    Lincolnparklove
    Participant

    I say again lift each other up !! I was just reading about Charles Drew the Dr. involved with plasma and the modern blood bank he should be a saint his picture enblazened every place. I could not fathom the number of people he saved. If Elma was allowed to pick for you a great thing to purchase, how do you know she would be making a bad choice for you? There are more choices out there than leaves on trees. Some people look around and notice for us all hey there is garbage on the ground. Some people pick it up so you never see it. Thank you Elma for SPEAKING UP .

    #944802

    newnative
    Participant

    I never got my question answered so I went to the store myself. There were maybe 3 or 4 items that were covered “for adult eyes”. I had to really search to find it too. I was glad I went because I found a hiking book for the Olympic Peninsula and a coin purse that says, “Bitches Get Things Done”.

    #944885

    pelicans
    Participant

    Elma and Jo B,
    How about a compromise?
    Let’s ask NWAAF for the the more “risque/rude” merchandise to be displayed in a certain corner of the store, with appropriate signs displayed? Whaddya say? Seems like a win-win for all? And no local business loses any customers.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by pelicans.
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