In an earlier post I mentioned stopping by one of our former department stores, known for their wonderful windows back in "the day." Now it is a vacant shell on the main floor, where there once used to be dazzling displays, the elaborate perfume counter and all things glorious. The building, a classic deco structure, was left empty when the department store it housed close many years ago. Since then, some offices have taken over upper floors, but no retail.
However, area merchants have taken over some of the window space, with the large curved window at the corner being a glorious centerpiece. And the result is delightful.
A handsome Santa holds center stage with all sorts of beautiful things from Bradly's home store.
Charming bottlebrush trees sit in the front.
Delicate blue ornaments sparkle on an icy-branched tree.
Other trees fill the corners of the window area.
This interesting chair is filled with oversized ornaments.
I confess this right jolly old elf won my heart!
The window took me back to the days of my childhood, when my mom and I would stop by each window at Knapp's to check out the intricate scenes. Even though this one wasn't animated, it still had the same vintage feel.
As I left, I thought it was pretty sad that we have no downtown department store anymore (we used to have three) and that most of the storefronts on the main avenue are restaurants -- largely lunch spots. None of the few retail stores had the charming windows the stores of my youth had. When I see the grand windows of Paris, London and New York on blogs, I am agog and delighted.
And more than a little nostalgic.
(A collection of all Christmas 2020 posts is here, in case you missed something during this busy season!)