Three Brands We're Rooting For

Polaroid camera - brands we love
Polaroid camera - brands we love

The retail landscape is littered with names that are no more. Stores we shopped at as children, or for our children; stores we loved; and even stores we hated and happily abandoned in lieu of better service or lower prices. All stores that we miss.

Financial markets don't succumb to nostalgia -- a failing business model is a failing business -- but people are different. We may not shop someplace just because we have warm fuzzy feelings for the store, but we're often sad to see it go.

Here are a few brands that still tug at the heart strings. Business is just bad enough to put each at risk of disappearing, but these brands also still have value. Given the right mix of leadership and capital investment, each could stick around for a lot longer.