Terra Firma, the iconic Portland shoe store which has attracted cool kids seeking kicks for close to two decades, is closing. That's right, downtown store owner Samara Yandell recently decided to go into a different line of work. Reached late last week about her decision, Yandell was reluctant to say exactly what that line of work is, other than to specify that it has nothing to do with footwear. Yandell says she decided to close because it's just no longer lucrative to be in the funky shoe business. She says other rival stores, like J.L. Coombs on Exchange Street, contributed to the store's unstable financial ground but weren't the only reason she's decided to close up shop. Her recent sweet job offer also contributed.
Terra Firma will close on February 25.