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Wanamakers

(The former Lit Brothers department store building at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Electronic Displays Atop Historic Philadelphia Building Get Tentative OK

Eleanor Gesensway, who had led the original effort to save the building in the ’80s, called the proposal “a travesty” that “desecrates the honesty of the building.”

09/14/2012

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

New Book Looks Back On ‘Philadelphia’s Golden Age Of Retail’

Although the internet attracts a lot of shopping dollars today, there was a time when a few blocks of Philadelphia’s Market Street were like the Mt. Everest of merchandizing.

03/17/2012

Crowds wait in line for Black Friday deals at Toys R Us.

The Little-Known Philadelphia Origins Of Black Friday

Black Friday has become a major marketing tool used by retailers nationwide, but the term originated right here in Philadelphia. And it wasn’t because businesses finally showed a profit.

11/25/2011

(Photos by Steve Tawa)

The Wanamaker Organ, A Philadelphia Icon, Marks 100 Swell Years

The Wanamaker pipe organ, nestled in the Grand Court of what is now Macy’s center city Philadelphia department store, is celebrating 100 years of high notes.

06/22/2011

(David Bardeen, Shawn Fagan, Catharine K. Slusar, and Geneviève Perrier in Arden Theatre Company’s production of "Wanamaker’s Pursuit."  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: ‘Wanamaker’s Pursuit,’ At The Arden

The Arden Theatre is wrapping up its mainstage season with a new work set in the early years of the John Wanamaker department store.

04/08/2011

(Opera Company of Philadelphia video, posted on YouTube.)

Philly Opera Company’s Online Video Goes Viral

“An opera company needs to have a bigger footprint than what we have in the opera house, so we started thinking about ways that we could infiltrate the city.”

12/02/2010

Meet Me At The Eagle

A look back at the Wanamaker’s we all know and remember.

11/01/2010