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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: #1,188,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Hutzler's department store was one of the Baltimore's "great old department stores" of which very few are still left in existence. My wife grew up in Baltimore and found that shopping was different in the glory days of these old department stores. Shoppers would spend a great deal of the day shopping in the store and would eat dinner at the Colonial Restaurant at the sixth floor of the store. Eating out at the store was a major event of the shopping day.

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.
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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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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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Really, what more can be said about the iconic Baltimore department store? Well, Michael Lisicky has lots to say and tell all of us who remember the glory days of Hutzler's. A wonderful walk down memory lane.
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The book brought back wonderful memories of my growing up years. As a child, my mother would take me there to shop. As I got older, on Saturday met my friends on the balcony and then we would go to lunch. All of the things that he described I could relate to. I have shared this week with my friends. To this day, I only like to shop at stores that give service to their customers.

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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