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L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America Hardcover – December 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871953005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871953001
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KENNETH L. TURCHI developed an interest in retailing while working for a clothing store in his hometown of Crawfordsville, Indiana. He worked for L. S. Ayres and Company while in college and later earned a law degree. He has spent most of his career in marketing and strategic planning in the financial services industry. Currently Turchi is assistant dean at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. This is his first book.

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A very entertaining book.
Pete
L.S. Ayres was our favorite store then and remained so for me as I grew up.
B. Rieper
I was excited to purchase this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Even though I wasn't around at the time when LS Ayres and Company was in its prime - I still found this book just amazing to read and browse through (spending hours), enjoying the forgotten triumphs and great photographs that was a major part of the "Greatest Generation"... Highly recommend!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Andrews on March 16, 2013
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I miss the Ayres store so much! That store was so much a part of my life and I remember it fondly. I thought Mr. Turchi did a nice job presenting the story of Ayres and the management of the store. I would like to have seen more pictures of the balcony, the music department (with the individual listening booths), and the basement store. This is a book that I will put out for others to enjoy when they come to my house. I recommend it highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pete on March 9, 2013
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A very entertaining book. Easy to pick up and be transported back into the golden age of retail. A thoughtful look at the history of the L.S. Ayres Company. How enjoyable it is to see how merchandising has changed through the decades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Rieper on March 9, 2013
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I grew up in Indianapolis in the early 1950's. I have so many memories of my grandma taking me downtown on Saturdays.
L.S. Ayres was our favorite store then and remained so for me as I grew up.

As I grew older and worked in downtown Indy, I'd visit the Ayres store several times a week on my lunch hours. The Ayres Tea Room was a favorite of myself and co-workers, or we'd eat at the small cafe on the first floor mezzanine. The photos in this book bring back all those special times with family and friends.

I was so disappointed when Ayres closed their doors downtown. Then eventually the Ayres stores located around the city at the
malls were also closed. This book is so wonderful and contains so much history of L.S. Ayres and surrounding downtown Indianapolis. I highly recommend it to anyone familiar with L.S. Ayres and it's history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 25, 2013
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Brought back a lot of memories. Great pictures of when this was the premier store in Indy. Recommend it for any who grew up here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol on February 15, 2013
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I spent 2 1/2 hrs. perusing it with my 88 year old mother. We used to take the bus to the circle and walk to Ayres by cutting through Wassons. Loved the treasure chest at the Tea Room!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Kazmer on April 21, 2013
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This is a saga of my childhood. L.S. Ayres was part of it before I was even born. The book beautifully relates how this company was founded, the people who helped it every step of the way and what a great part of the Indianapolis and Indiana community it was. My Mother worked for LS Ayres, first as a buyer before I was born, then she was a store manager in Lafayette. I and my sister and brother have so many wonderful memories of going to that store downtown in Indianapolis, the Tea Room, the Christmas displays, the Clock. My Mothers sister, my Aunt Betty, was a fitter in the "foundations" department, my sister was an assistant buyer and I was a sales manager at one time. It was part of us and our family. Ken has done such a beautiful job of writing about it and illustrating it. I will cherish this book and pass it down to my children. Thank You Ken, for such a lovely remembrance of such a fine institution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Bewsey on February 28, 2013
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Brought back many memories for me as a shopper at Ayres. Especially enjoyed photos taken inside the store.when decorated for Christmas holidays. Sad to see it empty when vacated.
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