Immediately after 18 yrs in business enterprise, Cate and Sally has shut their Skaneateles women’s apparel boutique of the very same title. 

Located at 4 E. Genesee St., cate&sally turned a staple of the village’s retail landscape by carrying designers that could barely be identified somewhere else in central New York, these types of as Eileen Fisher, Lilly Pulitzer and Michael Stars. But as they neared two a long time in company, longtime good friends Cate Davis and Sally Mason just felt it was time to close, Davis explained to The Citizen on Wednesday, the store’s final day in enterprise.

“We figured we experienced a really great operate,” she stated, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic did not engage in a purpose in the determination. “We had a wonderful calendar year this yr, but it just was time.”

The boutique was originally meant to close Nov. 28. But given that saying the closure on Facebook this summer time, Davis and Mason have presently bought nearly all of their remaining stock of clothing, components, jewelry and extra. Quite a few shoppers have expressed their gratitude to the proprietors for opening cate&sally, Davis explained, and their unhappiness to see it go. The feeling is mutual, she extra.

“We will overlook the persons. I imagine we ended up popular for our customer assistance,” she stated. “We have been fortuitous to celebrate birthdays, graduations and weddings with a lot of of our clients.”

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Mates considering the fact that attending Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior Large Faculty jointly, Davis and Mason just about every used several years functioning in retail and style in advance of opening cate&sally in Might 2003. They traveled across the country, from New York Metropolis to Los Angeles, to stock the boutique with the most effective designers they could, Davis mentioned. The retail store intensely prioritized American-created outfits as effectively.






Cate&sally co-owners Sally Mason, remaining, and Cate Davis. 




Last year, Mason moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to her grandchildren, but ongoing encouraging operate the boutique remotely. Davis also ideas to commit extra time with loved ones, she said. The place will upcoming be leased by Lisa Dietz, operator of fellow Skaneateles boutique Emma + James, who will open up a new organization there, Hap + Main.

“We experienced a lot of terrific adventures more than the decades,” Davis stated. “We are blessed to be part of the Skaneateles local community.”

Lake Lifestyle Editor David Wilcox can be attained at (315) 282-2245 or [email protected] Abide by him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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