Do you remember S.H. Kress? I do. It's a piece of my childhood. As a child of the 1950's and early 1960's, I shopped at Kress with my Mom on many occasions.
|The former Kress Building in Columbia, South Carolina, gives a flavor of Kress architecture|
I remember the Tampa Kress. It closed in 1981.
Woolco is gone, too.
|Kress building historic plaque, King Street, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Maybe the marker will be like this one on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina|
The former Kress building in downtown Tampa, Florida, has sat, abandoned, since 1981.
Of course, I never took pictures of these buildings when I lived in Tampa- whoever would have thought that those chains would be no more.
I remember the W. T. Grant in Tampa and when the chain went bankrupt.
They aren't just a piece of Old Florida. They are a piece of the retail history of the United States. Binghamton, New York, (population about 47,000) where I work, still has a downtown department store. I wonder how many other downtowns still do.
So many stores from when I lived in Tampa are gone. Besides Grants, Woolworths, and Kress Brothers:
RIP Maas Brothers (founded in 1886, it closed its downtown Tampa store years ago. The building was demolished in 2006.) Another Tampa store, in a major mall, still operates as a Macy's).
RIP Robinson's. (we got our first credit card at Robinson's as newlyweds).
A lot to reminisce about, this nosgalgia I feel for the Tampa we knew between 1974 and 1976. But now, it is time for music.
Since this is Monday, it is time for #MusicMovesMe.
The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly. Her co-4Mers are: Callie of JAmerican Spice, (who has been taking a break for health reasons) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.
I decided to look up retail music. Yes, there is such a thing. Music is used by retailers all the time to drive sales. The first two songs come from an H&M playlist from 2013 I found on You Tube.
Here's one I found: New Day by Alicia Keys
And this, by Ne-Yo: Forever Now.
Day 12 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost
"N" day on the #AtoZChallenge.