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'If this doesn't become the hottest local holiday gift this year, I'll be very surprised. It's beautifully written, obviously by someone who has an affinity for department stores, and lavishly illustrated...' ---Fred Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun

'Mecca of the Market. The book details the history of the legendary Hutzler's chain. The book chronicles the rise and fall of the Hutzler Bros. chain and recalls when Hutzler's was retail royalty.' ---Loni Ingraham, Towson Times

'To hear Mr. Lisicky talk, writing this book was simply his destiny.' ---Alan Feiler, Baltimore Jewish Times

About the Author

Michael J. Lisicky is the author of several critically acclaimed department store history books. He helps to produce an Ask the Expert"? column at www.departmentstorehistory.net and resides in Baltimore, where he is an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra."
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Product Details

  • Series: Landmarks
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (October 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596298286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596298286
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Lisicky has been credited as a nationally recognized department store "historian", "lecturer", "expert", "guru", "aficionado", "junkie", "maven", and "noted chronicler of departed East Coast department stores" by a number of major newspapers and periodicals. He is the author of several bestselling books including 'Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops', 'Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle', 'Gimbels Has It!', 'Filene's: Boston's Great Specialty Store', and 'Baltimore's Bygone Department Stores: Many Happy Returns'. Mr. Lisicky has given lecturers at such locations as the New York Public Library, the Boston Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the DC Public Library, the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, the Milwaukee County Historical Society, and at the Baltimore Book Festival. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, Investor's Business Daily, and on the 'CBS Sunday Morning' television program. Mr. Lisicky resides in Baltimore, where he is a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is a Master's degree candidate in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


"If you're interested in department store history, buy his books." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Hutzler's] is beautifully written obviously by someone who has an affinity for department stores." - Baltimore Sun
"Retail fans can now take a walk down memory lane." - Boston Globe
"A Near and Dear Gift, Lisicky's book honors DC's once-glam, now defunct department store." - Washington Post
"A Pocket Pick." - Washington Times
"An evocative book." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A passionate history of an iconic store." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To hear Mr. Lisicky talk, writing [Hutzler's] was simply his destiny." - Baltimore Jewish Times

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This is a great easy read filled with wonderful pictures and great tales of Baltimore's old and beloved department store. This book really explains why Hutzler's is Baltimore. Beautifully written. If you are interested in Baltimore, history, or department stores, you will love this.
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A fun read about an old Baltimore institution; especially loved the additions of photos and recipes(!!!). I miss Hutzler's and bought the book for a bunch of my family members for Christmas because I loved it so much.
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HUTZLER'S - Where Baltimore shops, brought back so many happy memories, not only of Hutzler's, but of all the downtown stores that used to be.
One thing that I thought was conspicuous by its absence was not mentioning anything about Hutzler's downtown garage that you entered and exited onto Mulberry St. and where packages were delivered from the store and picked up by customers when they got their cars. It was a great service as were many of the other services Hutzlers offered.
The references were well documented and made for much nostalgia of pre-war and post war times in the major retail area of Baltimore.
I've recommended the book to several friends who knew the area as well as I did. I'm eager for my older chldren to read it but they will only have sketchy memories except for the Towson store.
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Michael J. Lisicky has an interesting style of writing and completed his research carefully before putting his manuscript in print. It was a tough subject to tackle. He covers many of the background facts of the founding and operation of the 132-year family dynasty without becoming too serious and text-bookish. There are many family stories that he omitted, perhaps because he was not aware of them or perhaps because they were excessive.
The downfall of the store would make an interesting sequel to this story. I found this book most entertaining.
Joel Hutzler, Jr. (A great grandson of Moses Hutzler who's three sons were THE Hutzler Brothers.)
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I grew up in the shadow of the Towson store and my father worked at Hutzler's, so I really wanted to enjoy this book. Sadly, I was disappointed. I had hoped for a more in-depth look at the family and their store, from its origins and through the years to its eventual decline. While the book does have these elements, they are very lightly treated. Within the span of 15 pages (on my Kindle), we speed from the Hutzler Brothers setting up shop to its 75th anniversary.

While the scope of the book was clearly intended to be local, I wanted more context to show Hutzler's in its times. The store lived through several transformative eras that created and defined society, cities, culture, commerce and retailing. I would have enjoyed reading about how and why the store grew and flourished in these times.

In the end, while I'm sure many will enjoy this book for its numerous personal recollections and fond memories, it should not be confused with a serious work that examines and explains how Hutzler's was truly built, and ultimately lost.
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This is a slim little book that has plenty of meat in it. Anyone who ever shopped at Hutzler's knows how special it was, and this book captures best fact and spirit.
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For anyone who grew up in Baltimore over the age of 50...this is a must...it is so enjoyable and nostalgic...brings back so many pleasant memories.
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By M. Sisselman on February 14, 2010
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I bought this book after going to see the author give a speech about Hutzler's. Very informative, and very easy to read! Love it!
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