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Woodies Catered to Our Tastes, From Tiny Sandwiches to Twinkling Window Displays

06/21/95 - CAPTION: - Woodward & Lothrop store. This is the downtown at 11th & G Sts. NW. - PHOTOGRAPHER: James M. Thresher TWP.
06/21/95 - CAPTION: - Woodward & Lothrop store. This is the downtown at 11th & G Sts. NW. - PHOTOGRAPHER: James M. Thresher TWP. (By James M. Thresher -- The Washington Post)
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By The Metropolist
Friday, September 18, 2009

The third in a series of fond memories of Washington's most popular department store, Woodward & Lothrop.

My earliest recollection was playing with small silver spoons that had the Wheaton Plaza store engraved on the handle. It was something my parents got when it opened back in the early 1960s.

I would go there often with my mom to buy my shoes. It was fun to climb up on the riser that had little chairs and look at the fish tanks behind them while I was waiting to try on shoes. I would go with my dad when he wanted to add to his stamp collection, since the store had a philatelic section.

-- Trish McCallum Wysong, Gaithersburg

The memory I'll carry forever is getting dressed up in my patent leather Mary Janes, white lacy socks and little white gloves to go to lunch at Woodies on the corner of Ninth and F streets NW. My mom would take me inside for lunch in the Tea Room. I always ate little sandwiches, such as cream cheese and jelly on date bread, and other tiny sandwiches cut in various shapes. Yummy!

-- Esther Badt Balsamo, Potomac

The highlight of the Christmas season was going downtown to see the window display. Crowds would gather at each window to admire the Christmas decorations. The visual spectacle changed every year. My father, Paul Marsico, was the head window dresser during those years. He covered the windows in curtains before the official unveiling, always the day after Thanksgiving. My mom would take me there by streetcar well before opening day and tap on the glass. Dad would beckon us in so that we could peek at the showcases before anyone else. What a thrill!


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