First L.L. Bean Opens in CT; People Freak Out

From the Hartford Courant (why yes, it is the headline story):

“Shoppers stand in line prior to the 9:00 a.m. Thursday opening of LL Bean’s new store in South Windsor.”

Cassie Williams went to L.L. Bean at 8 p.m. Thursday for a shot at one of the four $500 gift certificates that would be given at random Friday morning to the first 200 customers at the store’s grand opening.

The Vernon resident was first in line, but that and camping out overnight could not guarantee she would get the big prize. That was OK.

I came here for the excitement – and to get jackets and clothes for my daughter. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get the $500 certificate,” Williams said Friday morning. “It doesn’t matter. It’s the excitement.

Yeah, that sounds really exciting, Cassie Williams! Man, I’ve never seen so many people so excited about monogrammed backpacks and polo shirts before–but–then again, this is Connecticut–a state so boring that people standing in line for a L.L. Bean store opening makes fucking headlines.

15 thoughts on “First L.L. Bean Opens in CT; People Freak Out

  1. Anonymous

    CT is not boring. We don’t need any of that trendy artsy-fartsy flair coming out of NYC wanabe’s. It’s a state with replete with both cultural importance (see work place of Mark Twain, Harriet Beech Stowe, Thorton Wilder)and booming commercial importance (see headquarters of GE, Hartford Insurance, Travelers Group, Skiorsky). You just don’t get out enough to appreciate the landscape.

  2. Anonymous

    CT is not boring. We don’t need any of that trendy artsy-fartsy flair coming out of NYC wanabe’s. It’s a state with replete with both cultural importance (see work place of Mark Twain, Harriet Beech Stowe, Thorton Wilder)and booming commercial importance (see headquarters of GE, Hartford Insurance, Travelers Group, Skiorsky). You just don’t get out enough to appreciate the landscape.

  3. Anonymous

    In their defense, these people don’t really look like the iphone-toting elite. They look like everyday people who, yes, might find a little excitement in an LL Bean store opening. Sad? Yes. Worthy of mockery? Probably not.

  4. Anonymous

    In their defense, these people don’t really look like the iphone-toting elite. They look like everyday people who, yes, might find a little excitement in an LL Bean store opening. Sad? Yes.
    Worthy of mockery? Probably not.

  5. Anonymous

    In L.L. Bean’s defense, they are a pretty awesome store. Speaking of similar phenomena… who’s excited about the iPhone? Eh? Eh?

  6. Anonymous

    In L.L. Bean’s defense, they are a pretty awesome store.

    Speaking of similar phenomena… who’s excited about the iPhone? Eh? Eh?

  7. Anonymous

    It was the same way when IKEA and Krispy Kreme opened. We’ve become nightmare consumers in this country, considering retail openings the equivalent of the creation of great works of art or architectural triumphs. It’s a media event because their PR people got paid lots of money to make create the furor….

  8. Anonymous

    It was the same way when IKEA and Krispy Kreme opened. We’ve become nightmare consumers in this country, considering retail openings the equivalent of the creation of great works of art or architectural triumphs. It’s a media event because their PR people got paid lots of money to make create the furor….

  9. Anonymous

    It was the same way when IKEA and Krispy Kreme opened. We’ve become nightmare consumers in this country, considering retail openings the equivalent of the creation of great works of art or architectural triumphs.

    It’s a media event because their PR people got paid lots of money to make create the furor….

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