The owner, (or ex-owner, rather), Britt-Inger Karlsson, held up this collage of pictures from the beginning of Jala´s history:
|Interestingly, it used to be Jala Färg- och Droghandel, which is literally drugstore, not a word used in Swedish nowadays. Young´n´s would think they could go there for pot! But I remember the days you´d buy makeup and wallpaint in the same place.|
"I hate being photographed," she said and held it up as a shield, for me to take a picture. Then she told me that she and her husband were going to have their first vacation in ten years (which is how long they have owned the store), and at 63, they felt it was a bit too soon to quit, but "we got an offer we couldn´t refuse".
"Babysit," said her daugher, who also helps out in the store, from time to time. So someone had that sorted!
My plan was to stock up on my favourite pens, as my writing pens are really drawing pens, filled with liquid ink that run out really fast. But all those pens were gone. I should have come last week, after the newspapers wrote about the store´s closing-down. As I´m sure every sensible regular customer did.
I suppose you could say it´s the end of an era, but I also know that an excellent shopping experience, with a personal touch and good service can, these days, be had even when shopping from a small business in Hong Kong. From the comfort of one´s sofa. We loose some, and we gain some.