OK, now what? What next? What have we learned since the economy crapped out and shook our world? Over the past two years and for the first time in eight decades, Americans have been forced to look at the way they conduct their lives.
Donald Fisher died last week. Donald and his wife, Doris, founded a mom and pop store called The Gap in 1969. The only product The Gap sold was blue jeans. Owning a store that carried only one category of clothing was a new concept; it changed the business model of retailing. Niche retailing and niche marketing were born with The Gap. The Gap now has more than 3,700 stores worldwide.
My grandparents Andrea Ferraguto and Marie Scala arrived in America on March 20, 1911, on a ship called the Canopic. They left their homeland in Sicily for a magical land called America, a place where anything was possible. They married in 1917 and settled in Boston’s West End, the Italian conclave.
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