Shelton ready for what’s next after Pangaea’s closing

By Tom Wood

Sandra Shelton is about to put the old axiom “when one door closes, another opens” to the test.

This past Sunday, Shelton closed the doors on Pangaea, her beloved Hillsboro Village store of 31 years.

Over three decades, the clothing, jewelry and home décor shop has been described as everything from bohemian to eclectic, funky to venerable.

And now it’s a memory, joining Bookman/Bookwoman, Bosco’s, Jackson’s and Provence Bread & Cafe as Village businesses that have shuttered in the past few years.

“I grew up in Nashville … so I’ve seen a lot of change (in Hillsboro Village) over the years,” Shelton, 72, says. “I hated to see Woolworth’s go. I hated to see McClure’s go. I hated to see Provence go. And now I hate to see Pangaea go. Change is hard for me.

“I’m kind of in a daze. I get emotional when people are really sweet and thank me for all the years. I was telling a friend, when I see all the pictures on Instagram and Facebook, I tear up seeing how it looked before. Everything is gone.”

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