Memories of the Tea Room and Fanciful Window Displays at Woodies
The department store is long gone from the Washington landscape, but memories of it are very much with us.
My mother gave me some vintage Christmas shopping bags from Woodies. One year, my husband took two of them and had them framed for me. When he went to pick up this order, the young man assisting him asked, "Why in the world would your wife want to frame shopping bags?" For a minute, my husband was at a loss to explain. A woman who was waiting to pick up her order spoke up. "Woodies is to Washington what Macy's is to New York, and Washington will never be the same without Woodies."
I worked near Woodies in downtown. I loved to roam around the old building.
The old elevators (which for many years had attendants operating them), the electric stairway, the wood details, the eighth-floor furniture department that often had antique pieces, the Tea Room, and especially the entrance where you were high above the first floor looking at the beautiful row of lights that ran down the main aisle. All had me enthralled.
-- Christine Dearie, Bowie
My grandmother took me to eat in Woodies's Tea Room in the 1940s, and we continued to eat there often. I got to celebrate my 16th and 18th birthdays with friends there. My work bridal and baby showers were held in the private party room in the Tea Room. While working, we ate lunch in the Tea Room, trying to be there when they had the fashion show.
I took my son to the Tea Room for breakfast with Santa for a couple of years. Then we went to the Secret Shop for his Christmas shopping. My friends and I had lunch in Tea Room after we retired. We haven't found a replacement for the Tea Room.
-- Diane Hooper, Hagerstown