Monday, April 29, 2013
Owner Greg Salvatore says he doesn't plan to get rid of the sign or throw it away, he wants to work with the town to preserve it.
The owner of the former Lord's Department Store says he plans to work cooperatively with the town to save the neon sign that sat above the front door for the majority of time the store was in business (1940-2013). "We understand the sign has some significance to some people in town...We're not adverse to anything at this point," said Greg Salvatore, principal of Salvatore Capital Partners and Medfield Main Street LLC which bought Lord's Department Store in December. The fate of the iconic sign will remain unclear until Salvatore selects a tenant. Editor's Note: Be sure to take our unscientific poll telling organizers if you want to save the sign. "We're certainly not going to get rid of it or throw it away or anything, we would never…
Friday, April 26, 2013
That is the question town meeting voters will be asked on Monday.
Two months have passed since Medfield’s iconic Lord’s Department Store closed its doors and the community action group “Medfield Remembers Lord’s” is gearing up again, this time to save the Lord’s sign. There is an article on this year’s annual town meeting warrant to “Appropriate a sum of money for the preservation of the Lord's sign.” Group organizer Nancy Norris says the amount being discussed is $5,000, and that since the new property owner has not committed to allow the preservation of the sign, the thinking is to set aside enough money in the budget to allow the town to proceed with plans for the sign as soon as the owner gives its approval. Norris says the town has indicated an interest in declaring the sign a historic landmark …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This local boy clearly enjoyed his last breakfast (and the music) before Lord's Department Store closed in February.
It's been more than a month since Lord's has been closed, can you believe it? Does it seem like a month? More? Less? What do you miss most about the store? Check out this little guy who enjoyed breakfast at Ruthie's Diner (Lord's lunch counter) before Lord's Department Store closed in February after 73 years in business. In his video, Thomas (filmed by so-very-amused-Dad Colm Whelan of Westwood) takes a dance break from his chocolate chip pancake and sausage at Lord's where they were celebrating his latest haircut.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Here's a glance at last week's headlines.
This week was filled with good news, bad news, and everything in between (including a little music, too). Here's a synopsis of all those headlines. Enjoy! Lord's: Down to the Wire Blake Students Take on Teachers for Volleyball Title Beth Eby Named Volunteer of the Year Daughter with Knife, Deer on South Street, Dead Animal Starbucks Public Hearing Opens Medfield Girls Softball Wins Over Oliver Ames Selectmen Live: Special Election to be Held for Town Garage Debt Exclusion Arrest for Breaking and Entering, Facebook Post Raises Concern, Barking Dog Schilling's Bloody Sock Auctioned for $92k Katrina Simon Named Youth Volunteer of the Year New Town Garage Could Cost $11 Million Seven Medfield Students Chosen for District Concert Lord's: …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Here's a look at some of the headlines from February 2013.
Wow, Medfield! For a short month, we sure filled it with lots of headlines. Of the many notable events, we had the Blizzard of 2013, a man missing in Noon Hill Reservation (later found safe), a Celebration of Lord's, and finally -- on the final day of the month -- the closing of Lord's Department Store after 73 years in business. Here's a peek at February's headlines:
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 …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Be sure to stop by for last-minute souvenir or just "one more trip around the block." The mugs are gone but there were a few t-shirts left at last check.
The merchandise is marked down to 90 percent off, the fixtures and bar stools are gone, and the floor is nearly bare. Now it's time to say goodbye to Lord's Department Store (1940-2013) and the Kelly Family who ran it for decades. Sing along if you know it (or click the YouTube link, if you need a little help). [Sung to the tune of the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse "Alma Mater" theme song -- we've added an extra "L" in "Kelly" for good measure.] Come along and sing our song / for Lord's Department Store K E L ... / ... L L Y / Kelly Family Through the years / We'll all be friends / Wherever we may be K E L ... / ... L L Y / Kelly Family Lord's Five & Dime / Lord's Five & Dime / Forever let us hold our [Midnight Madness] …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Souvenir mugs can be picked up today after 2 p.m.
After some transportation issues, the final order of Lord's souvenir mugs is expected to arrive in the store today. Nancy Kelly-Lavin, who owns Lord's Department Store with her brother Tom Kelly, said the mugs should be available for pick-up after 2 p.m. this afternoon. The final order of 100 mugs arrives just hours before the store will close its doors after 73 years in business. The mugs will sell for $14.95 each. Souvenir t-shirts are also still available. Receive updates to this story and other breaking news in your inbox or smartphone by signing up for our newsletter here.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The business is closing on Thursday.
There are just a few days left to purchase Lord's t-shirts and mugs (due to arrive shortly) before Lord's Department Store closes for good later this week. Though the store will close its doors one last time on Feb. 28, store owners Nancy Kelly-Lavin and Tom Kelly expect merchandise to be gone before that time. The doors will likely close to the public on Wednesday, if not before. Be sure to stop by soon, if you need a souvenir t-shirt or mug (or one final walk around the store). For more photos, check out Colleen Sullivan's blog, "Final Days at Lord's." Related Stories Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.
Friday, February 22, 2013
An official proclamation from the Board of Selectmen set aside Feb. 15, the day of the "Celebrate Lord's" party, as a special day in Medfield's history.
It's hard to believe it's been a week since the "Celebrate Lord's" party on Feb. 15 where hundreds of folks turned out to honor the Kelly family and the role Lord's Department Store has played in the community for the last 73 years. It's hard to believe it's been nearly two months since the Kelly family announced it has sold the historic Five and Dime to a local developer. And it's even harder to believe that, in a matter of hours, the store, with its iconic neon sign, will close its doors forever. Here is a proclamation signed by the Board of Selectmen, and delivered by Town Administrator Michael Sullivan at last week's celebration (after offering a toasted-bread "toast" to members of the Kelly family). It is an informative and touching…