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|Friday, December 01, 2006|
An entrepreneur sets out to warm up winter nights — the old-fashioned way.
By Laura Fitzpatrick
More than 2½ years ago I was burrowed behind stacks of books as the finance director of the Multnomah County Library Foundation, when I first considered opening an intimate-apparel shop in Portland. At the time, I was drawn to the idea for purely selfish reasons. I wanted lingerie. I don’t mean predictable, droopy, department-store nighties. I mean drop-dead sexy lingerie like colorful push-up bra-and-panty sets, glamorous curvy corsets, and luxurious stockings. I couldn’t find what I wanted in Portland, so I dreamed of opening my own shop.
Between fundraising events and balancing the books, I started my undercover work on underwear. I asked women in Portland about what they were and weren’t wearing to bed. Their candid cotton-panty answers revealed that opening a lingerie shop was not a selfish endeavor after all. I saw it as a public service.
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