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Hutzler's:: Where Baltimore Shops (Landmarks) Paperback – October 30, 2009
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'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
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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.
Michael Lisicky expands this book from a book about Hutzler's alone into a book department store shopping in Baltimore generally by the inclusion of a chapter about other Baltimore department stores including Hochschild, Kohn & Co., Stewart & Co., The May Company and the Hecht Company.
This book is a fair portrayal of the history of Hutzler's--even discussing the disagreeable subject of the segregation in the dining rooms at Hutzler's and other department stores of Baltimore. Protests against the policy of segregation in the department stores, were carried out by students from Morgan State University starting in 1955. Discrimination was finally ended in all the Baltimore department stores in 1960.
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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Hutzler's (MD): Where Baltimore Shops (Landmarks)
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.)
Several family members worked there for many years. One was a decorator. He would bring me leftover ends of ribbons for hair bows. I was the envy of my friends.
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If you grew up in Maryland, doing big shopping trips in Baltimore as I did, this book brings back a lot of memories. Retailing certainly has changed.Published 13 months ago by scrap quilter
Great history of a store where I worked during my college years.Published 21 months ago by Bruce1352
Great book! Brought back a lot of memories of my childhood shopping with my Grandmother.Published on July 20, 2014 by Dorugi
This is my past, and it brings back great memories, but it also brings sadness because this era is gone.Published on September 1, 2013 by msmartha
I worked at the Hutzler's main store on Howard ST in Baltimore and the book brought back wonderful memories of a truly unique place to work and shop. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Doris J Ringer
My mother was a Hutzlerite, as was I. Mr. Albert, Mr. Charles and Jiggs were part of my youth. I miss the local department stores. They bought for their clientele... Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Sms1019
A fine memory of a much-missed retail institution, What other department store had an ancient coin counter in front of the main entrance? Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by Paul Robbins