The last few times I was in Mark's Hallmark store in Kirkland Park Place, I could not find the type of card I was looking for. I even wondered to myself...."I am in a CARD STORE. And I can't find the card I need? How do they stay in business?"
Well, they don't. I must not have been the only one with unfulfilled card dreams and disinterest in the useless trinkets collecting on the shelves. At one time there were 30 Mark's Hallmarks spanning multiple states and now they have all shriveled up. They might be giving the evil eye to the internet, but I don't think that's it. We still buy cards and gifts, you just need to update your inventory. But for the record, they were GREAT at blowing up helium balloons. Every time I called in a balloon order they were ready and waiting for me, so I will give them that.
There's a silver lining-- if you can block out the faint bed-pan odor, most everything in the store is 40% off right now. And some of the holiday things are 75% off. So I stocked up on cards and am currently ready for any and all occasions you might have to throw at me. Graduation? Humorous Bday? Thank you for the busdriver? I love you 'just because'? Uh-huh. You are getting a card from me this year (but not a coach's thank you, which is what I was searching for in the first place). You've got about 2-3 weeks left before those sweet little ole ladies lock the doors for the last time.
R.I.P. Mark's Hallmark. Thanks for the good years. With greatest sympathies, The Kirkland Weblog