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Since: Dec 10

Cicero, IL

#1 Dec 23, 2010
Does anybody remember Dotty Shoppes and the name of the owner? There are some fine people in Cairo I have been reminiscing with. And they said there was Dotty Shoppes in Fulton and Cairo at one time. I don't remember Dotty Shoppes. Can anybody assist us?
exFulton

United States

#2 Dec 23, 2010
The last Dotty Shop to be open was in Union City.

Since: Dec 10

Cicero, IL

#3 Dec 23, 2010
exFulton wrote:
The last Dotty Shop to be open was in Union City.
UMMMM, ExFulton, hopefully in the next 2 years I too will be an ec. I don't like a town that takes no responsibility for what it owns and then lets the city decay into a ruin. Anyway thanks for the info and I will pass it on to the people in Cairo. Merry Christmas.
I shall overcome

Murray, KY

#4 Dec 24, 2010
Oh yea Cairo is a bustling community. The same thing that happend to Fulton happend to Cairo. Look around D-REV TY-REL or what ever your name is you will figure it out.

Since: Dec 10

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 25, 2010
I shall overcome wrote:
Oh yea Cairo is a bustling community. The same thing that happend to Fulton happend to Cairo. Look around D-REV TY-REL or what ever your name is you will figure it out.
You are right and I wrote the same thing on the Cairo Topix the day before you wrote yours. City of Fulton and City of Cairo have had no government worth having in over 60 years. This is why both towns condemn and demolish everything in their path with no plans what so ever to replace any of it. Now, Cairo has a arsonist and Fulton is condemning everything they see. Soon both Fulton and Cairo will have no tax payers to pay their salaries --they can all clock out and go home at that point. The very idea of tearing down a whole town with no plans at all to rebuild it. Only a bunch of idiots work like that. You act like you like City of Fulton so good --just keep on staying there until the bring your house down too. You will see then that City of Fulton cares about nobody including you.
lived in Fulton

United States

#6 Dec 26, 2010
maybe the business owners and the homeowners should keep their buildings up and they would not have to be condemned. why should the taxpayers pay for rebuilding these buildings so they can rot down or renters go in and tear them up again? why should the city build new buildings when no new businesses are coming into the town? what else can the city do but tear them down? they are a hazard and need to be torn down.

instead of sitting behind your computers, why don't you buy some of these buildings and remodel them?

Since: Dec 10

Chicago, IL

#7 Dec 26, 2010
lived in Fulton wrote:
maybe the business owners and the homeowners should keep their buildings up and they would not have to be condemned. why should the taxpayers pay for rebuilding these buildings so they can rot down or renters go in and tear them up again? why should the city build new buildings when no new businesses are coming into the town? what else can the city do but tear them down? they are a hazard and need to be torn down.
instead of sitting behind your computers, why don't you buy some of these buildings and remodel them?
First off all I can't remember you ever helping me pay my taxes. So where do you get off pretended like you and other selfish others pay our taxes? And I did buy some of the old homes to repair and then resell at a price that the have nots could afford to be home owners. However, if you are told in onbe office you can do something then another office will tell you no. If City of Fulton agrees for you to do something they the City of Fulton won't even come out to mark the utilities then your work project is a no go. City of Fulton is smaller today than the it weas founded and it is the City of Fulton's fault. The City sits around on it's brains paying the bills and concentrating of some kind of stupid law like not parkind in your yard or if men chewing tobacco can spit on City property. Why don't yhey do something, anything? As for no jobs City of Fulton don't want any jobs that is whey they don't look for any possible employeers and they run off any employers that are stupid enough to offer. Evidently you are part of the city counsel all rared back on your thumb doind nothing.
Reality of it

Warren, MI

#8 Dec 27, 2010
I always find it interesting how people shoot from the hip without having or speaking the real facts about why Fulton & other cities have fallen.

(1)They built by-passes around all the small cities to stop all the traffic from coming thru the town.

(2) Jobs left because the people "we" continue to elect do not represent the american public!

(3)NAFTA

(4)allowing outsourcing to foriegn countries that work for change per day all because the lobbist for the corp exec's pay off the politicians.

(5)If we built product in this country and kept everything within our borders there would be jobs.

(6)Remember its all about the stock market and how much the stockholders can make, not about american jobs,. Stockholders, Politicians and Corp exec's ran this country into the ground, not just Fulton the whole country!!

The younger generation the me me generation think it is great to buy all this cheap product and make a load of money to fill their needs. That is why fulton and every other town in this country have the same problem/
thankyou

Cookeville, TN

#9 Dec 27, 2010
I find the saddest of city around is Hickman, KY! Believe me if I had the money and any way to do business down there I would get our from behind this computer and go there! The trouble is it takes so much and so long to get people to drive down there (off the beaten path).
Melungeons a multi-breed

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 27, 2010
Reality of it wrote:
I always find it interesting how people shoot from the hip without having or speaking the real facts about why Fulton & other cities have fallen.
(1)They built by-passes around all the small cities to stop all the traffic from coming thru the town.
(2) Jobs left because the people "we" continue to elect do not represent the american public!
(3)NAFTA
(4)allowing outsourcing to foriegn countries that work for change per day all because the lobbist for the corp exec's pay off the politicians.
(5)If we built product in this country and kept everything within our borders there would be jobs.

(6)Remember its all about the stock market and how much the stockholders can make, not about american jobs,. Stockholders, Politicians and Corp exec's ran this country into the ground, not just Fulton the whole country!!
The younger generation the me me generation think it is great to buy all this cheap product and make a load of money to fill their needs. That is why fulton and every other town in this country have the same problem/
If you/re so smart run for predident. Then fix everything!
Did it ever accour to you ther city council is supposed to get factories interested in their cities? But instead they sit around at Fulton rared back on their thumbs like jobs are going to find them. A housewife can pay the bills, find stuff to fuss about and sit around on her ass growling like City of Fulton does. She would charge less money too.
Just Wondering

Sterling Heights, MI

#11 Dec 28, 2010
Didn't this start with a simple question about Dotty's. I used to shop there about 45 years ago. I do miss the Fulton of those days. But, things have changed everywhere. We live in a different world, a different time. I do feel sorry for this generation with "Things" being everyone's priority. We can never turn back the clock.
Reality of it

Warren, MI

#12 Dec 28, 2010
So, if there are no factories willing to lcoate since everything is going to China, where will they recruit these places from??
Come up to Michigan and take a look around!
I don't see companies willing to locate anywhere is the United States Currently...
Everyone seeems to blame the local politicians... I do believe they have brought some business in, like Walmart, ask the downtown businesses how that worked out for them...
Melungeons a multi-breed wrote:
<quoted text>
If you/re so smart run for predident. Then fix everything!
Did it ever accour to you ther city council is supposed to get factories interested in their cities? But instead they sit around at Fulton rared back on their thumbs like jobs are going to find them. A housewife can pay the bills, find stuff to fuss about and sit around on her ass growling like City of Fulton does. She would charge less money too.
Val

San Mateo, CA

#13 Jan 14, 2013
DRev wrote:
Does anybody remember Dotty Shoppes and the name of the owner? There are some fine people in Cairo I have been reminiscing with. And they said there was Dotty Shoppes in Fulton and Cairo at one time. I don't remember Dotty Shoppes. Can anybody assist us?
I was just searching for the Dotty Shop in Fulton since my Grandmother worked there for years. The owner's name was Mr. Filler. Sorry, I don't remember his first name. My Grandmother was also in charge of the Banana Festival for many years.

Hope I have been able to answer your question.
just sayin

Jackson, TN

#14 Jan 16, 2013
I havent seen any town along the mississippi that was worth a darn, cairo, hickman, tiptonville, any river town...and that is a shame....and each and every river town has a majority of low income blacks....my grandparents told me 40 years ago that, the whites will move to the suburbs and the blacks will take over the city, and sure enough...they were right..no industry will take interest in a town when it is overrun with project houses, it only shows you have you have a population of welfare people who not only wont work but want something for nothing, therefore, being overrun with crime....just sayin!!!!
A Step Back in Time

AOL

#15 Jan 17, 2013
I recall the Dotty Shoppe in Fulton quite well. It sat on the corner of the first block of Lake Street. I can't remember the name of the side street but it was the street where Reelfoot Bank (formerly Fulton Bank) is located today. Dotty's sold upscale ladies' dresses, undergarments, shoes and furs. They stayed open until 8:30 on Saturday nights. Thanks to the person who supplied Mr. Filler's name. I couldn't recall that to save my life.
A Step Back in Time

AOL

#16 Jan 17, 2013
Didn't Mr. Filler also own the Budget Shop, a store also located in that block of Lake Street? Budget carried a more inexpensive line of women's clothing.
Duty

Murray, KY

#17 Jan 19, 2013
I worked at the Dotty Shop when I was in high school. The late Leon Filler of Union City was the owner and manager. He ran a tight business. We sold shoes, lots of hose, those polyester shells and tops with pants to match, and even prom dresses I believe. I know most of my wardrobe came from there because they had fashionable clothing for teenage girls too. Once at the end of the year he took me with him to Cairo to inventory his store there. I was always a little scared of him because he was so strict and all business--he was an astute Jewish businessman and he frequently greeted his customers by name. He had many devoted customers. It was not expensive clothing that he sold--he catered more to the working, middle class America. Shop was located not on a corner of Lake Street but to the east of where City Super Drug was.
A Step Back in Time

AOL

#18 Jan 23, 2013
Duty wrote:
I worked at the Dotty Shop when I was in high school. The late Leon Filler of Union City was the owner and manager. He ran a tight business. We sold shoes, lots of hose, those polyester shells and tops with pants to match, and even prom dresses I believe. I know most of my wardrobe came from there because they had fashionable clothing for teenage girls too. Once at the end of the year he took me with him to Cairo to inventory his store there. I was always a little scared of him because he was so strict and all business--he was an astute Jewish businessman and he frequently greeted his customers by name. He had many devoted customers. It was not expensive clothing that he sold--he catered more to the working, middle class America. Shop was located not on a corner of Lake Street but to the east of where City Super Drug was.
I'm not sure what period of time you worked at the Dotty Shop but I think it must have been later than the time period I'm speaking of because at that time women didn't wear pants and they were not even an item of clothing that could be purchased for ladies.......perhaps in a large city but, certainly, not in a small town like Fulton. I don't think polyester had come on the scene either. The prices at Dotty's were a little cheaper than Irby's Ladies' Fashions, located across the street from the present City Hall but quite a bit higher than the cheaper line of clothing the budget-minded lady could purchase at The Budget Shop, The National Store, Kasnows and and a few other stores. I well recall being in the store in the early 1950's and seeing a delivery of furs (mink) come in. As I recall there was only one full length coat but there were a couple of short coats and a couple of stoles. It is possible they may have come back from cleaning or cold storage or they may have been specially ordered for customers but I do know they were there and there were also some furs hanging on a rack toward the back left of the store. I remember that Mr. Filler also arranged cold storage for ladies furs. They went to NY, I believe. I recall that because I was with my dad when he talked to Mr. Filler about what he should do with a fox stole of my mother's, purchased during a more affluent time when they lived in a large city. By that time my mother had died and Daddy wasn't sure what to do with the stole. I remember the cost of storage was more than Daddy could afford; consequently, it stayed in the dresser drawer until one time I opened the drawer to look at it and it was no longer a fur stole...it was just a dried piece of skin with no hair on it :) I guess moths must have eaten it. I do recall that in the 1960's the line of clothing Dotty's carried was not as expensive as it had previously been and yes, they did have some cute, chic things for juniors. An interesting note.....someone correct me if I'm wrong, but, if I recall correctly, at one time Dr. Brady, a dentist, was located upstairs over the Dotty Shop. His office was accessed via an outside stairway that ran up the side of the building. I'm still thinking Mr. Filler also owned The Budget Shop. Anyone know the answer?
A Step Back in Time

AOL

#19 Jan 23, 2013
Duty wrote:
I worked at the Dotty Shop when I was in high school. The late Leon Filler of Union City was the owner and manager. He ran a tight business. We sold shoes, lots of hose, those polyester shells and tops with pants to match, and even prom dresses I believe. I know most of my wardrobe came from there because they had fashionable clothing for teenage girls too. Once at the end of the year he took me with him to Cairo to inventory his store there. I was always a little scared of him because he was so strict and all business--he was an astute Jewish businessman and he frequently greeted his customers by name. He had many devoted customers. It was not expensive clothing that he sold--he catered more to the working, middle class America. Shop was located not on a corner of Lake Street but to the east of where City Super Drug was.
I just noted that you said I had the wrong location for the Dotty Shop. Perhaps my memory has failed me. I was surely thinking it was on the other side of City Drug. If not the Dotty Shop, what was in that building on the corner....the one that housed Dr. Brady's office upstairs? Anyone?
A Step Back in Time

AOL

#20 Jan 23, 2013
Duty wrote:
I worked at the Dotty Shop when I was in high school. The late Leon Filler of Union City was the owner and manager. He ran a tight business. We sold shoes, lots of hose, those polyester shells and tops with pants to match, and even prom dresses I believe. I know most of my wardrobe came from there because they had fashionable clothing for teenage girls too. Once at the end of the year he took me with him to Cairo to inventory his store there. I was always a little scared of him because he was so strict and all business--he was an astute Jewish businessman and he frequently greeted his customers by name. He had many devoted customers. It was not expensive clothing that he sold--he catered more to the working, middle class America. Shop was located not on a corner of Lake Street but to the east of where City Super Drug was.
You and I are talking about a different era. When I was a child the Dotty Shop didn't sell pants of any kind...women didn't wear pants then and I don't think polyester had yet come on the scene. In those days Dotty's sold a more expensive line of ladies' wear, not quite as expensive as Irby's Ladies Fashions, but certainly more expensive than Kasnows, The National Store and The Budget Shop. I recall being in the store with my dad when a shipment of furs came in. I recall one long coat that was very dark and a couple of lighter short coats that were called "mink strollers", as well as a stole or two. My mother had died and Daddy had gone in there to talk to Mr. Filler about a fox stole he had purchased for her during more affluent times when they lived in a large city. Daddy wasn't sure what to do with it and Mr. Filler told him he could send it to cold storage (I believe that was in NY). Times were hard and the price was out of Daddy's reach. The stole stayed in the dresser drawer at home and every so often I would open the drawer and look at it and touch it. It was so wonderful and shiny and soft. I recall opening the drawer one time and there was no fox stole.....there was just a creepy piece of skin with no hair.:/ I guess the moths got it.

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