Thursday, February 21, 2013
One of the many highlights from the "Celebrate Lord's" party on Feb. 15 was an Ode to Lord's by long-time employee Barbara Bolzani.
Barbara Bolzani has worked at Lord's Department Store for more than 20 years. Lord's will close its doors one final time on Feb. 28 after 73 years in business. Bolzani was also a surprise speaker at Friday night's "Celebrate Lord's" party held at the store. Here is her Ode to Lord's (and a list of the many fun things she has done at the store over the years). Thanks for the memories, Barbara! By Barbara Bolzani I have been here for 21 years Sharing in both sorrow and good cheer, Meeting lots of people for whom I care Opening at 5:00, weather fowl or fair There’ve been a lot of changes since then Some improvements to the store have been Exciting to have happened, like when I no longer had to rise at five to open We may not be well-…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The lunch counter at Lord's, recently operating as Ruthie's Diner, closed on Saturday in preparation for the department store's closure on Feb. 28.
Nine-year-old Justin Marcel has been going to Lord's lunch counter since he was two weeks old. His grandmother, Frances Marcel, has been going there for the last 40 years. That tradition came to an end on Saturday when the lunch counter, recently operating as Ruthie's Diner inside Lord's Department Store, served its last cup of coffee in preparation for the store's closing next week. "I've been coming here for 40 years and sitting on this same stool," said Frances who was sitting on that stool at the "Celebrate Lord's" community party on Friday night. "We're devastated." Frances, a registered nurse before her retirement, also used to work part-time at Lord's, she said. "It was a fun thing to do on the side; Nancy [Kelly-Lavin, store co…
Celebrate Lord's Committee chairman Nancy Norris sends a note of thanks for all who helped make Friday's party a success.
To the Editor: On February 15th our community honored the Medfield institution, Lord’s Department Store, in a wonderful celebration that took place at the store and will be remembered for years to come. Lord’s will close its doors for the last time on February 28th. I want to thank the following people and groups for their contributions and for giving so many people the gift of closure as we bid our beloved Lord’s farewell: Finally, I need to thank Nancy Kelly Lavin and Tom Kelly for graciously allowing us to invade the store for the party and for sharing photos and memorabilia with us. Nancy Norris, Chairperson of the Celebrate Lord’s Committee
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A tribute to Lord's written by Richard DeSorgher and delivered at the "Celebrate Lord's" community party on Feb. 15.
One of the highlights of the Celebration of Lord's Department Store Friday night, was Town Historian Richard DeSorgher's "Tribute to Lord's." Here it is in its entirety as found on DeSorgher's website. Enjoy! A "Tribute to Lords" as written by Richard DeSorgher and delivered during “Celebrate Lords” on Feb. 15, 2013. [to the tune of Cheers] Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your name. You wanna go where people know, people are …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Did you have your photo taken at the Lord's Lunch Counter? If so, find it here!
Friday, February 15, 2013
The very last "Midnight Madness" at Lord's Department Store will be held tonight, Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Drop in for the social event of the season that will include food (half donuts, Lord's cake), ginger ale toast, and many more su
It's hard to believe it but it's here, the "Celebrate Lord's" party, the last "Midnight Madness" at Lord's, ever, will be held TONIGHT at Lord's Department Store. _______________________________________ What: "Celebrate Lord's," one last Midnight Madness before the store closes for good later this month When: Tonight, Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lord's Department Store, 446 Main Street, Medfield Why: Why not! Everyone will be there! _______________________________________ The event will include food, cake, entertainment, tributes and speakers, photos at the Lunch Counter, "Lord's Through the Years" memorabilia and record audiovisual memories (with Medfield TV) for the Medfield Historical Society, a ginger ale …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Patch reader suggests shopping at local hometown stores instead of big box stores.
Dear Editor: I have a suggestion for all those who are lamenting the closing of Lord’s Department Store in Medfield and are looking for ways to honor the store and its owners, its tradition and its memory: Stop shopping at the big box stores. Make no mistake about it: of the many factors that I'm sure went into Tom's and Nancy's decision to close, there can be little doubt that competition from chain stores at the malls and especially the huge-volume players like Walmart may have been the biggest. But if you ever find yourself complaining about the way those stores make you feel as a customer - about being forgotten and left on hold when calling for information, about store personnel who know nothing about the items they're selling, and …
Be sure to record your favorite stories in the memory book or in an audiovisual recording at Friday's party. They will be kept by the Kelly family and the Medfield Historical Society.
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. Here goes... 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 …
Will you be going to the Lord's party on Friday night?
Will you be attending the Lord's celebration party on Friday night? The event, which is shaping up to be the social event of the year, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Details include:* * Times subject to change Store owners Nancy Kelly-Lavin and Tom Kelly say the registers will be open during this one last "Midnight Madness" event where merchandise is now marked at half price and Lord's souveniers, including t-shirts, will be available for purchase. People who pre-ordered shirts will be able to pick them up at the party. So Medfield, tell us: Will you be attending the party?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Store owners have created a memory book where customers have started to write down their favorite Lord's memory including one little girl whose dream it is that the owners will change their minds and keep the store open.
The memory binder at the front of Lord's Department Store is chuck full of memories from people who have loved the store over the years -- people who are grieving the loss of their beloved Lord's while doing what they can to preserve its good name. Customers, both young and old, near and far (many by email), are included in the book. Here are a few examples: I remember coming here on bike at age nine to get the Boston Globe for my aunt and parents. I remember buying my mother a necklace for Mother's Day when there was a jewelry counter. I remember riding my bike here to get my mother a spool of thread or a zipper when she was in the middle of a sewing project. If you need something, most likely you could find it at Lord's. We will miss…