Tag Archives: department store history

Montana’s Grandest Mercantile Establishment

July 31, 2012


Stylized illustration of Missoula Mercantile Company. #001 VIII 78-12 170 Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

The History Press is delighted to announce another western addition to the press’ Landmark Department Store series: The Missoula Mercantile: The Store That Ran An Empire by Minie Smith. From its log cabin beginnings at a dusty crossroads in Montana Territory, the Missoula Mercantile grew to become the largest department store between Minneapolis and Seattle. […]

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“Weinstock’s was distinctly Sacramento; it was ours.”

July 22, 2012


David Lubin’s One Price Store became the Mechanics’ Store sometime around Harris Weinstock’s arrival in Sacramento, c. 1878. Courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History, Weinstock-Lubin Collection

Weinstock, Lubin, and Co. was a Sacramento shopping institution for over a century. With theatrical window displays, a unique children’s department, and a touch of big city fashion, the store beckoned to customers from throughout Northern California. In this interview with History Press West, Annette Kassis shares some of the history behind Sacramento’s signature department […]

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Department Stores: Icons of Twentieth Century Extravagance

November 21, 2011


Etching of Missoula Mercantile. The Macy's Collection 2010.003

Step into elegance and remember a time when department stores were the cornerstones of downtown. Tearooms, gift wrap, escalators, perfume counters, and window displays. There was something captivating about that old-time shopping experience and the landmark businesses that defined a way of life. Stores like Marshall Field’s, Burdine’s, and Weinstock’s provided an exceptional shopping experience […]

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