When Glendora business owner Carol Gill watched hometown Olympic hero Bryan Clay at last month’s U.S. Olympic Trials, her heart broke for the 2008 Olympic gold medalist.
Although ended even before the summer Olympics would begin in London this week, Gill said she still wanted to do something in honor of Clay, Glendora’s past Olympic athletes, and the athletes representing the U.S. in London this summer.
But Gill, owner of Intimate Apparel, a full-service intimate apparel store in Glendora’s downtown, decided to show her U.S. Olympic team pride in a more intimate way.
Using bras in red, white and blue, Gill created a patriotic display of the American flag. Not only did her display of Coobie bras win a national contest sponsored by Coobie, her display was deemed a worthy stop for a group of Chinese student tourists from Shanghai.
“The tour bus was in the area, and the tourists saw the American flag in my window. They were all excited and wanted to take photos in front of it,” said Gill, who has owned Undercovers for 19 years. “The funniest thing is, most people around here walk on past the display and not even notice it. We have to go all the way to Shanghai to find people who would recognize it.”
Gill’s winning entry in the Coobie display contest earned her store $250 in merchandise.