Rutland retailer is downtown success story

When Tattersall's Clothing first opened its doors in August 1995, the owners promised Rutland-area shoppers well -made products at reasonable prices and personal service-old fashioned values that are the hallmark of downtown Rutland retailing.

Over the years, Tattersall's didn't deviate from the promise. However, since 1995, the product mix has changed significantly. Today Tattersall's features-in the store's own words-"fun, occasionally funky, and always funktional" natural fiber clothing and accessories.

This month, Tattersall's celebrates a milestone 15 years in business. For 15 days, Sept. 16-30, the store is offering a discount off the first item.

As Rutland has changed, so has Tattersall's changed the focus of its products.

Tattersall's focuses on mainly natural fiber clothing-itesm such as cotton, alpaca wool, linen, hemp and cotton blends. And in the accessory lines such things as hemp and cotton socks, hemp purses and wallets, scarves in cotton, Pashmina and silk-cotton, as well as "funky", and fun earrings and barrettes.

But as much as the store has changed, many things have not.

Christine Tattersall, owner of Tattersall's for these 15 years, is honored that her store manager and buyer Jenn Pattillo has been an integral part of the management of Tattersall's for most of those 15 years.

Both Christine and Jenn are involved in local efforts to improve the life and economy of Rutland.

Christine serves on a number of boards and committees in the Rutland area, and participates in local road races, both for the thrill of competing and to keep slim and fit.

Jenn is a creative knitter, a volunteer at the Rutland Natural Food Market-the Coop, and a member of the Downtown Rutland Partnership Special Events Committee. She also enjoys biking, hiking, and running.

In a gloomy economy, Tattersall's is a local bright spot and a role model for other retailers.

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