Baltimore November 16, 2017
by Jamie Alvarenga 7 Stores That Anyone Who Grew Up In Baltimore Will Undoubtedly Remember
Baltimore’s history goes way back and depending on your age, you may remember one or many of these old stores. Today we’re remembering these iconic spots that left a lasting impression on Charm City residents.
This store was founded all the way back in 1858 and eventually grew into 10 chain stores all throughout Maryland. Hutzler's remained a family owned business for a whopping 132 years! In the 1980s, business started to decline and one by one, each store was closed until the last one saw its end in 1990.
This impressive store was around for several decades and closed in 1978. This intricately detailed building still stands in Baltimore, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of the last family-owned department stores in the city was Epstein's. It became a Baltimore staple, selling a little bit of everything. It closed its doors in the early 1990s.
4. Read's Drugstore
Read's downtown store was built in the 1930s. In 1955, it was famously the site of an anti-segregation sit-in and two days later, the store was officially desegregated. A lot of history is rolled into this one unassuming spot.
Not many people know that Hecht's originated in Baltimore. It later became a household name all throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. (The above photo shows the Wheaton location).
6. Old Town Mall
This massive abandoned complex was once a bustling spot full of shops. Decades later as folks started to move away from the city and headed towards suburbs, business suffered greatly. There's been much talk about revitalizing the area since.
7. Lexington Market
Lexington Market is very much still around but it's worth mentioning because its been a part of Baltimore for centuries. Established all the way back in 1782, this iconic marketplace is full of memories and most of all, delicious local cuisine. Everyone has a story about Lexington Market!
What was your favorite Baltimore store while growing up? Share your memories and stories below.
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