I have great memories of the downtown stores
in their heyday. Bamberger's and Kresge's with their luxurious,
manned elevators that, as youngsters, we loved to ride up and down
on Saturdays to our hearts' content. Davega sporting goods which
sold top-quality all-leather baseball gloves for $4.99.
The second-hand booksellers on Broad Street across from Washington
Park, the mens' clothing stores on lower Market Street whose owners/salesman
stood outside and acted like carnival barkers to attract male passersby,
the clothing and furniture stores along Springfield Avenue that
were so busy on Friday night. The art supply dealers on upper Halsey
Street that resembled Greenwich Village, etc.