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L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America Hardcover – December 26, 2012
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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.
The book is a wonderful history of this company, beautifully illustrated with many historical photographs of the department store's interior and its changes over time. The author's interviews of dozens of former L.S.Ayres employees and Ayres family members, plus his first hand knowledge of working for L.S.Ayres in Lafayette, Indiana, contribute greatly to this intimate look at an Indiana retailing institution that was so much part of life in Central Indiana in the 20th century.
The strategic take-aways at the end of many chapters in the book are excellent summaries for anybody who is interested in business/retailing. This book should be on the reading list for students of merchandising/retailing.
The only regret I have is that the book does not have an appendix with summary tables detailing the financials of L.S.Ayres over time (although it does contain some revenues/profits information).
All in all : a superb book about an iconic Indiana retail institution that I was truly sorry to see end
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you grew up in Indianapolis you will love this book. I can still remember Ayres Christmas windows and the thrill of peeking in them when I was a kid. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, lots of b&w pix across time of the history of the store. I remember accompanying my folks on shopping trips to LS Ayres downtown before the suburban mall stores... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maitre
My parents met as young people right after W W 2 at the downtown L S Ayres store. Dad was a stock boy, then a buyer in linoleum, then a top salesman in the carpet department until... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nancy Desch
The story of this store was amazing and the sadness that these great stores are no longer around. But, good that someone took the time to document for us.Published on February 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great for reminiscing about many years of enjoying all that Ayres had to offer. The Christmas windows, Christmas train, Tea Room with the treasure chest, etc.Published on January 28, 2014 by Robert H. Grosskreutz
brought back so many wonderful childhood memories., I enjoyed the great old photographs also., it was a truly lovely store.Published on January 11, 2014 by s. schulz