Okay, Medfield, there's not much time left so here's my favorite memory of Lord's Department Store. After you read mine, I'd love to read yours!
Make sure you record your memory either in person at Friday's party, on Facebook at Medfield Remembers Lord's, or in the comment section of this story -- whichever way you choose, be sure to do it soon as the store will be closing two weeks from today.
This past Christmas, my 13-year-old son headed to Lord's to buy that one last gift on his shopping list -- mine. I sent him fully-prepared with a detailed list of various options as well as their exact location in the store. He had $20 to spend.
After the holidays, he would relay the details of that day...
Minutes after school let out for Christmas vacation, he walked uptown to Lord's, took out his list, carefully weighed his options, selected a "Medfield" spoon rest, and was standing in front of the display perplexed that the item did not have a price tag on it -- we hadn not covered that scenario.
An employee walked by, noticed he was having trouble, and asked him if he needed help. He asked the lady the price of the spoon rest, and she asked him how much money he had to spend. He said $20 and she told him it was $19.95 including tax.
When I opened the spoon rest Christmas morning, I could tell he was proud of his purchase and I was proud of him.
But, there's more...
I recently shared my Christmas spoon rest story with Nancy Kelly-Lavin, who co-owns the store with her brother Tom Kelly. I wanted to let her know that one of her employees made his shopping very easy.
Nancy said, "Oh, was that your son? I remember him. Can I tell you something, it was really $24.95 but he said he only had $20. I asked him if it was for his Mom for Christmas and he said yes, so we sold it to him for $19.95."
At first, I was so moved, I didn't know what to say.
Then, I was impressed that she would consider a child's budget and feelings before quoting a price -- what other store does that in this day and age?
But finally, in the end, I was not surprised because that story, my story, has "Lord's" written all over it: Convenient location, safe for children, wide selection, reasonable prices, and a friendly, caring staff.
Once I pulled myself together, I thanked Nancy again and told her how much that meant to me and my family.
She said, "That's why we've been here for 73 years!"
Lord's has been the heartbeat of Medfield Center for many years and will be greatly missed for many reasons.
So Medfield, that is my favorite Lord's memory. You read mine now I want to read yours in the comment section below.