Updated: Black Cat Hats and Bags in Los Gatos is Closing

Store's liquidation sale begins at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 2 and continues through Jan. 31.

Large neon green signs outside Black Cat Hats and Bags in downtown Los Gatos announce its closing and liquidation sale. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
Large neon green signs outside Black Cat Hats and Bags in downtown Los Gatos announce its closing and liquidation sale. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
Update: Noon Jan. 2, 2014: A sales associate at Black Cat Hats in Los Gatos says owner Janet Dashiell is closing her store at 59 No. Santa Cruz Ave. effective Feb. 16.

Black Cat Hats sales associate Elle Rogers said Dashiell has sent her customers a letter saying she's closing her boutique because she wants to spend more time with her family and parents.

A liquidation sale that began this morning Thursday, Jan. 2 continues through Feb. 15, Rogers said.

Rogers said she didn't know what other retailer would occupy the commercial space once Black Cat Hats leaves.

Rogers added boutique merchandise is marked down from between 10 and 60 percent. As the sale progresses, the price reductions will be greater, she said.


Black Cat Hats and Bags, 59 No. Santa Cruz Ave., is closing its doors forever, owner Janet Dashiell has announced on the business' website and Facebook page.

Large neon green signs posted outside the small store's windows this week are also announcing the sad news to the public.

Dashiel said in her Facebook post that the boutique, which specializes in hats for men and women, would begin a liquidation sale today, Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. 
The shop, which also carries other accessories such as jewelry, handbags, perfume, scarves, gloves and gifts, will continue the sale until Jan. 31, according to its website.

Its hat selection comes from lines such as Stetson, Scala, San Diego Hat, San Francisco Hat, Betmar, Wallaroo, Scala, Toucan, Something Special, Hat Stack and more. 

Details: 408-354-1910, or jldash@hotmail.com


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Larry Arzie January 02, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I wonder why? She ran a creative, well priced shop. Was she not able to compete with all the nationals and restaurants for parking? Another small mom and pop tossing in the towel. There are two more on the same block that I hear are ready to do the same. I guess we have Greg Larson, our town manager to thank for doing everything possible to accomplish this. When sworn in he promised to follow town regulations that do not allow restaurants, bars and nationals without providing real parking spaces.
Lynne Bryant, CS January 02, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Sad to hear… another small business in Los Gatos is closing.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 03:01 PM
@Larry Arzie, just talked to a store associate named Elle Rogers and she said Janet has sent her customers a letter citing the reasons for closing as needing time to spend with family and parents. I'll find out about the total vacancies in the downtown shopping district and post a follow-up story. About Greg Larson, it's my understanding he answers to the Los Gatos Town Council. I don't think this has anything to do with him. I happen to like Greg a lot. He's a nice man who's worked hard since I've known him to help the Council accomplish its goals. I respect your opinion, though. Thanks for the comment and your support.
Eric January 02, 2014 at 03:34 PM
The town council needs to rethink it's plan. Larry has it right - why can't we let more restaurants in? Oh, I'd much rather go to a teak furniture store or mattress store. Better yet, another nail salon. Look how campbell has revitalized itself by letting more restaurants. Bigger chain stores are the only ones that can afford to stay in business - why not let them in? Oh - small town charm - can someone tell me what that is with the current stores downtown? Los Gatos is slowly dying on the vine - so sad to watch.
Marilyn Leonard January 02, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Too bad. It's always a shame to lose unique, innovative small businesses.
Larry Arzie January 02, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Sheila, they teach you in Political Science at the university level that it is the Town Manager that has the power not the town council. I too like Greg as a person but as a bureaucrat he is the worst thing that has happened to Los Gatos in 10 years. When he lies to council saying that the parking district regulations allow for more intensification he becomes the problem. He was censured recently for this. He has the ability to manipulate the council by deceiving them. It is his responsibility to strongly inform the council when regulations are not being followed. Eric has it right, because recent Town managers promoted the entre of restaurants and chain stores rents went up across the board. The town council members are not sophisticated politicians and generally do what the town manager says to do so when managers create problems they are let go.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 09:11 PM
@Larry Arzie, the way this form of government works is that our town manager answers to the Town Council. My point was that Greg Larson's bosses are the five members of the Council. Those members work with him to get things done in town at the government level. If the public is not pleased with town gov staff performance, then they need to address it with the Council. I also DON'T think attacking someone is the best way to fix a problem. I offer this comment with the utmost respect for you, mi hermano Justo Hernandez. ;)
Larry Arzie January 02, 2014 at 09:50 PM
Sheila, we have been through this before, you and I. When a career manager politician does not listen to the community or follow regulations he is fair game for attack. Yes your right the town council may seem to be the cause of inappropriate decisions and should be called out for this but it is generally the town manager who directed them in making the decision. You really should take the 3 unit course in Small Town Politics at San Jose University. In actuality they teach the opposite of what you believe the way our form of government works. Besos carro mio.
LG parent January 03, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I just hope we get some more decent stores in town. Personally I don't like the tatty little stores in town with posters in the windows, neon signs, clothes racks on the sidewalk, etc. Los Gatos didn't fall apart when it let J.Crew and Anthropologie move in. We need a mix of unique boutique style shops and carefully selected higher-end 'chain' stores. More interesting restaurants (we don't need another Mexican or pizza place) and more exclusive shopping will ensure people want to spend their money here rather than elsewhere. We live in a very expensive area and over the past few years parts of N. Santa Cruz have started to look decidedly down-market. Also, no more hair salons please!
Larry Arzie January 03, 2014 at 12:33 PM
LG parent. Thank you for the observation. This is the primary reason my partner and I walked away from the Los Gatos Porch.
Esmée St James January 03, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Pity, it's such a fun shop. All the best to you, Janet!
MichaelJ January 04, 2014 at 02:28 AM
Proof again that small business is a tough arena and local government needs to do more help these enterprises


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