ME: I really love the clothes in your store.
SHOPGUY: Yeah, there's been a real explosion of great new labels recently, and they've been selling really well.
ME: I agree, especially in menswear.
SHOPGUY: Well, we can stock more interesting things for men here. Women in Cleveland don't know how to dress.
ME: What? Really?
SHOPGUY: Yeah. I can sell different, riskier, fashionable clothes to men here, but most of the women who come into the store just want things that are boring and cheap.
ME: That's... weird. You'd think it would be the other way around.
SHOPGUY: Trust me, I've been in retail for years. But just look around—Cleveland woman can't dress themselves.
ME: Why do you think that is?
SHOPGUY: I think women aren't doing well economically in this city, relatively speaking. I mean, when I do get a woman in the store who wants something good, nine times out of ten she says "I'll get my boyfriend or father to buy it for me."
ME: No kidding...