I grew up in New York City, and moved to Houston, TX at the age of 26. It was an adjustment, I’ll tell you, and I guess I still don’t feel ‘All In’ after 35 years. On the other hand, I’ve visited home (Brooklyn, NY) several times over those 35 years and the buildings are mostly there, but the people have almost all changed. The familiar stores and eateries are mostly gone. The party room where I had my Bar Mitzvah in 1964 in the back of Grabstein’s Deli on Avenue M off of Rockaway Parkway is now a locked and sketchy-looking storage area for the sketchy-looking Chinese takeout place inhabiting this building which is still haunted by a different era. Continue reading
13-Jan-2012: This story, Lender Shies Away From Slumping Sears, is just one of many negative foreshadowing stories about Sears in the news recently. It reminded me of this piece, which I originally published December 28, 2010.
Sears & Roebuck was once this country’s Walmart.
When I was a kid, going to the Sears store on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn was a great adventure. The first thing you noticed when you walked into the store was the smell; it was popcorn, warm cookies and candy from the sweets counter in the middle of the aisle. It made the shopping experience there more like a party than a retail excursion. Continue reading