So many changes

... I can't believe it's closing

by Betty Rossi

I have just gone down to Malden Square to pay my last respects to Spark's Department Store. So sad, so sad. It is finally closing up shop. Closing it's doors. Going the way of all of our other neighborhood department stores. W.T.Grant's, Kresgies, the 5 and 10, Woolworth's. All gone, but not forgotten.

Almys, Zayres, J.M. Fields. All gone. Just like the neighborhood drug stores, slowly but surely they closed their doors. They have been replaced by the Walmarts and KMarts. I know that Sparks was the only store that sold Peter Pan Collared Blouses for little girls and button-down shirts for boys when they attended St. Mary's school. They always carried uniforms, too. You could get white gloves there, nightgowns and socks and even underwear. They used to have great pajamas for kids. In later years, I really haven't shopped there, but just knowing that I could, was kind of comforting.

Now, just like the Hilltop Steak House, it will be gone, but not forgotten. I don't like changes. I don't like them at all.

January 3, 2014

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