I have to give babystyle credit, they were a trendsetter, even when it came to going out of business.
The blog StrollerInfo.com has posted a suspiciously detailed "anonymous tip" reporting that this morning the baby gear retailer Right Start--which bought babystyle out of bankruptcy last summer, along with the online retailer Tiny Ride--is closing for good.
Right Start reportedly "told its corporate employees that they are being laid off. All but the COO, Logistics Manager, Human Resources and IT.
"All of the area and regional managers are being laid off.
"The entire Babystyle corporate office, and Blue Lava [the holding company for Tiny Ride]."
I tried calling Right Start to see if the rumor is true, but could never get through. So I called the store near my mother-in-law to see if they were closing.
"In fact, my district manager's here right now. Do you want to ask her?"So there you have it. Blogger journalism 101. Not solid enough to trade stocks with, but probably useful for deciding which gift cards to use up first.
"Hi, this is ____. Can I help you?"
"Is Right Start closing? Because I read online that it is."
"It's interesting that you read it online."
"So are you closing? Or are you staying open?"
"Well, I can tell you we're open right now, so come on over!"