The quote is from Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and in this case it refers to the latest victim of the "The Curse of Union Square": Ghurka, purveyor of "travel bags and leather goods" closed its' San Francisco "flagship store". The Post Street retailer hosted an elegant Style Forum Meetup in January 2014 , which, if I recall, included a bartender doling out good Scotch. I am no retailing maven, but there seems to be an unusually high number of vacant stores in the exclusive Union Square shopping district of San Francisco. This has persisted even though the Bay Area has arguably the best local economy in the US and a vibrant tourist trade. Manhattan, where I spent two weeks in June 2015 and is comparably rich, exhibits a much lower vacancy rate. Comments? .