Thursday, February 28, 2013
The end of an era as captured in the words of one Beanie Baby set aside by Bill Kelly years ago.
When the Kelly Family sold the family business and was clearing out the basement of Lord's Department Store (which has anchored the Medfield business community for the last 73 years), they found a basket of Beanie Babies that patriarch Bill Kelly (1923-2012) must have set aside years ago. After Nancy Kelly-Lavin (who, until today, owned the store with brother Tom Kelly) put those Beanie Babies out for sale, a young man brought one particular bear to her attention. "I have to take this one home with me," she said of the bear that sat on her desk until she packed it up earlier this week. The tag says... The End. All good things come to an end. It's been fun for everyone. Peace and hope are never gone. Love you all and say "So long!" So …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Kellys will hand over the keys to the new owner on Feb. 28 but may be out of merchandise much sooner.
It's true. It's not a bad dream. There's no doubt about it. Lord's Department Store is closing. While there are still a few fixtures left for sale -- as well as the office furniture, file cabinets, and restaurant equipment left from the lunch counter -- what little merchandise is left on the shelves has been marked down by 75 percent in an effort to clear out the store as soon as possible. And there are still good deals to be had, but time is running out. "We're trying to have all the merchandise gone by this weekend so we can clear out the rest of the fixtures; we have to be broom-clean on Feb. 28," said Nancy Kelly-Lavin, who owns the store with brother Tom Kelly. New store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more Lord's stories, click …
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
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?
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Lord's momentos are flying off the shelf.
Medfield (and beyond) is all a-buzz because the town's famed Lord's Department Store is closing for good on Feb. 28. Historically, the store has not been a fan of self-promotion and has not had "Lord's" branded merchandise for sale. But times are changing... "It seemed the moment the word got out about the store closing, I’ve had a flood of requests from people coming into the store looking for souvenirs,” Nancy Kelly-Lavin (who runs the store with her brother Tom Kelly) told Patch earlier this month. That prompted the creation of the first-ever Lord's t-shirt (the last day to order is Feb. 1) and now there are a few more ways to remember the store and its iconic neon sign: The mug, which just arrived this week, has a photo of the store…
Everything in the store must be sold.
Lord's Department Store dropped its prices again this week. Most things in the store are now 30 percent to 50 percent off original price. This is the effort of store owners, Nancy Kelly-Lavin and Tom Kelly, to clear out the store before the new owners take over the building on March 1. Lord's will close on Feb. 28 after 73 years in business in Medfield. Related Stories
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The celebration party will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. The public is encouraged to drop into the open house for any and all of the event, and to participate in a ginger ale toast at 8 p.m.
Details continue to be finalized for the Lord's Celebration set for Feb. 15. The open house event will have a final "Midnight Madness" feel to it (but no merchandise will be for sale) and the hours will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Scheduled events (so far) for the party include: There will be a History of Lord's memorabilia display that depicts Lord's throughout the years. There will also be a place for people to make an audio recording of their favorite Lord's memory. Currently, there is a memory book at the front of Lord's Department Store where patrons can write down their memories of the store. People are invited to add to the book during the celebration or they can bring their memory with them (on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper) to …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The markdowns continue at Lord's Department Store.
General merchandise is now 20 percent off at Lord's Department Store with Halloween and Christmas merchandise on sale for 50 percent off. All sales are final as Lord's is closing on Feb. 28 after 73 years in business. Everything must go from merchandise to fixtures.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Save the date for a "Midnight Madness" style event to say farewell to Lord's Department Store.
SAVE THE DATE: What: Celebrating 73 Years at Lord's Department Store When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Where: Lord's Department Store Why: Store closing after 73 years in business --------------------------------------------------------- A small group of community members gathered at the Medfield Historical Society building on Saturday to discuss history in the making: Lord's Department Store, a downtown landmark for 73 years, will be closing on Feb. 28. Nancy Norris organized that meeting. "It's just so sudden so my biggest concern was just to hop on it fast and make sure something got organized," she said. "What I really wanted to do was to get the ball rolling because it's going to close soon; Lord's will be gone before we know it," …