It's a hard knock life out there for retailers. We've just heard the sad news - Allyson's Kitchen, one of our favorite kitchen stores (and the best place to buy wine for Les Schwab summer concerts) is closing its Bend location this Friday. The original Allyson's Kitchen, in Ashland, will remain open.
According to KTVZ, the financial burdens became too much for the owners. We'll miss the wine club, wine tastings, wine tastings with our dogs, great selection of kitchen products and friendly staff. It's a tough pill to swallow to see a specialty kitchen store unable to cut it in the Old Mill, and we hope a local shop will fill the space instead of another big box chain store. Join Allyson's kitchen for their last wine tasting on Dec. 31. If there's a better reason to start boozing early on NYE, we can't think of one.