Detroit News Photo, Circa 1935
If ever there was a shopper's heaven it was downtown Detroit
during its retailing heyday. Each offering its own unique temptations, such fondly remembered destinations as Crowley's, Winkelmans, Kerrie's, Sanders Confectionery, Vernors, S. S. Kresge and Woolworths lined Woodward Avenue. The shopping district was dominated by J.L. Hudson's hulking emporium, a self-contained city that at any given time has up to 75,000 customers and clerks transacting a variety of wares and services. By the late 1920's shoppers had made the intersection of Woodward at State the busiest pedestrian crossing in America and the New York Times described Detroit as "the most prosperous slice of average humanity that now exists for ever has existed."
Card from the Detroit Historical Society.
Oh the wonderful memories of Detroit Michigan
live on forever
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Just take my hand, lead, dance with me...and I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free...where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole again...in long and priceless moments of shared solitude…”
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ~ Agnes M. Pharoas