MAKEUPALLEY PARTS FROM DRUGSTORE.COM
NEW YORK — Like the heroine of Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive,” Hara Glick started out on her own and — after dalliances with (dot-com) suitors who boasted impressive resumes, but never delivered — has landed once again on her own two feet. Glick, the chief executive officer of community and content beauty Web site Makeupalley.com, has parted company with Seattle-based Drugstore.com, online purveyor of beauty and pharmacy products. Both parties have reached an agreement, reconstituting Makeupalley.com as an independently owned and operated site, although Glick would not comment on the terms of the deal.
Makeupalley.com’s fortunes have been the subject of speculation ever since the announcement in October that Drugstore.com, as part of the overall e-commerce retrenchment, was closing the New York offices of Beauty.com, which itself had purchased Makeupalley.com in November 1999. The ensuing drama played out with Drugstore.com letting go of 10 percent of its workforce.
“This was an opportune time for a split,” Glick, former vice president at Beauty.com, who became ceo of newly independent Makeupalley.com in March, told WWD.
“The move back to Seattle makes sense for them, but not for me.” Glick is currently working on redesigning the up-and-running site for an anticipated unveiling in May.