[image-2]After more than six decades in business on King Street, Bob Ellis Shoes closed up shop late last year. According to the P&C, The Kalinsky family, who owned the shoe store at 332 King, sold the building this August to a “partnership” led by Ben Nickoll, a Connecticut investor who has also purchased the former Dixie Furniture building. The partnership has plans to develop both spaces into boutique hotels.

[image-4]For now, though, the walls that once housed designer shoes are now home to a multitude of tacky Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters. If that’s not a sign of the times, well … Uncle Kyle’s Sweater Emporium, which was located at 414 King St. this time last year, is occupying the former shoe store in all it’s moth ball/srat star glory. 

When we popped in earlier this week, a number of bright-eyed bushy-tailed college kids were shopping for what we presume can only be the like, most fun tacky Xmas party on campus. We jest — it was not so long ago that we donned sweaters, vests, and light-up necklaces all drenched in Natty Lite and shame. If you’re looking for a fun and affordable outfit that will survive the fraternity dance floor, Uncle Kyle’s got you covered.