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The Polar Vortex Claims Another Retail Victim

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Chicago's incredibly harsh winter has claimed another retail victim, though this closure has a more existential reason than burst pipes. DNA Info reports that Laurel Stradford, owner of What the Traveler Saw, has decided to close up shop after the arduous winter forced her to consider new ventures (namely: moving to Bali.)

Stradfordt plans to shutter her international gifts and decorations shop at the end of June, and will be holding sales and parties leading up to the end. And after that? Look out for a memoir that shares details of the store owner's intriguing family history (her relatives include the first black woman to ever be admitted to the University of Chicago Law School.) "I've got a '50 Shades of …' something to write, too," Stradfordt jokingly said.
· What the Traveler Saw [Official Site]
· What the Traveler Saw Owner Will Close Store Write Her Memoir [DNA Info]