“Lost Department Stores of San Francisco: Six Bygone Stores that Defined an Era”, with author Anne Evers Hitz
On Tuesday, March 2, at 11 am, don your gloves and hat, and prepare for a visit to the past, as we welcome author Anne Evers Hitz to talk about some of our favorite, but now closed, department stores in San Francisco. In the late nineteenth century, San Francisco’s merchant princes built grand stores for a booming city, each with its own niche. For the eager clientele, a trip downtown meant dressing up—hats, gloves, and stockings required—and going to Blum’s for Coffee Crunch Cake or Townsend’s for creamed spinach. The I. Magnin empire catered to a selective upper-class clientele, while middle-class shoppers loved the Emporium department store, with its Bargain Basement and Santa for the kids. Gump’s defined good taste, the City of Paris satisfied desires for anything French, and edgy, youth-oriented Joseph Magnin ensnared the younger shoppers with the latest trends. Lost Department Stores of San Francisco looks back at the strong, colorful personalities who created six major stores that defined shopping in San Francisco before the days of the Internet.
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