Memories of 'the Village,' as it used...

Memories of 'the Village,' as it used to be

There are 14 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 13, 2008, titled Memories of 'the Village,' as it used to be. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The center has weathered enormous change. I often think back to when taxicabs had speakers and a dispatcher's voice barked over this squawk box, "Need 'em on the Hill." This meant there were impatient patrons ...

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Sep 13, 2008
Nice story....Would have been alot nicer though had you posted "photos" as well....
Tired Voter

Arlington, VA

#2 Sep 13, 2008
In the middle of Edmondson Avenue were the open tracks of the old 9 and 14 streetcars. There was also a # 49 bus line which started at the Village and went out Cooks Lane to West Edmondale and also had a branch which served the Wildwood Parkway area. It used little Ford gasoline buses which had manual transmissions. By September, 1954 the #14 streetcars were replaced by the #23 diesel buses and the Ford buses were retired at the same time.

The Hecht store was quite popular. I recall dining at the Hot Shoppe cafeteria there on a number of occasions. The meals were good and inexpensive.

I won't comment on some of the antics of the spider monkeys in the Hess store window.

While the Village was state of the art in 1947, it soon became functionally obsolete as larger shopping centers and malls were built with better parking, more retail space, and larger anchor stores.
jon cave


#3 Sep 13, 2008
No no dear Jacque, we know what beat down the village, dont we? You just have no balls
That Baptist Boy

Baltimore, MD

#4 Sep 13, 2008
Growing up in Westgate, I have many memories of this Grand Old Lady. Checking out my first books at the Pratt (Danny and the Dinosaur & Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel); buzz-cuts from a shaky barber while watching those infernal monkeys; mom buying me a pair of dress shoes from Hess - even after the saleslady warned, ".. they'll hurt his growing feet" (they did).
My Dad remembers seeing Oral Roberts at a tent meeting in the late 1940's on the lot where The Hecht Co. store would later stand. Grand-pops assessment of the famous faith healer? "FAKE!"
Does anyone remember the name of the toy store next to Tommy Tucker? That place was like Santa's workshop - a children's wonderland.

Holt, MI

#5 Sep 13, 2008
Thanks for the memories of the Village. There was also the Firestone auto store, Gamerman’s Hobby Shop, and the Atlantic gas station. Before the ‘white Christmas lights’ the shopping center had Christmas caricatures on the roof peaks of the buildings. Local grade school children participated in a contest where they submitted a decorated printed paper depiction of the Christmas roof tops.
Paul of Catonsville

Baltimore, MD

#6 Sep 13, 2008
As a child,to me Edmondson Village was a wonder. No other shopping center could compare. The theatre at Christmas showing the big Disney movies and the huge tree in the lobby, the Corgi die-casts 3rd flr at HK, Tommy Tucker's 5&10, the front window at the Crib & Cradle with toys to dream for and Christmas lights on all of the trees.
Paul of Catonsville

Baltimore, MD

#7 Sep 13, 2008
In response to jon cave, I was in the seventh grade at nearby St. William's when the riots hit Edmondson Village. The windows were broken, the stores looted and Hess's monkeys killed or freed. Less than two years later my HS football team received a 14 car police escort from Edmondson HS. Four years later Security Sq Mall took HK & then Hecht's
Former Ten Hillsian

Milford, MI

#8 Sep 13, 2008
The Village was a great place for young people to grow up. I'm glad you mentioned our barber, Ray Mullenix, whose shop was under the EV Theater, next to the bowling alley. At the other end of the center, we dropped a small fortune in Edmondson Sporting Goods on locomotives and cars for our HO gauge railroad layouts. That business escaped your notice, along with the Firestone Store which anchored the west end of the strip. Most of us attended Miss Alma Loth's weekly dance classes at the EV Hall in our wool suits and chiffon dresses. Most of the girls were taller than most of the boys, who suffered through the experience as though it were the Bataan Death March.
Horrified In Harford

Baltimore, MD

#9 Sep 14, 2008
Well done recollections of this fine shopping center, considered most remarkable at its opening...

There had been a large, open field across Edmondson Ave. A recollection missed: General Motors came to town with its own road show, and set the tents in the field. It proudly rolled out the initial 1953 Corvette, and packed in the crowds.

I recall traveling to see the touted attractions, likely sometime later 1953, or early 1954. For the GM Show, it was served by the #14 rail cars. The latter were gone in Sept. 1954.
Bruce Spence

Harpers Ferry, WV

#10 Sep 15, 2008
What a trip back through time. I remember most of what you mention, but through the eyes of a child. My memory puts those monkeys in front of a barber shop not Hess Shoes.

United States

#11 Sep 19, 2008
Jon Cave I have lived in the Village for 40 years I lot of things have changed. So true as to what your saying. I can read between the lines but make no mistake about it you have look at the city Park Heights, Northwood. Times are different now. The entire city needs an overhaul. I am proud to be a Black Afro- American man.

Ellicott City, MD

#12 Sep 21, 2008
I remember racing sports cars on the parkng lots on Sunday & then a trip to the Varsity & Hobbs
steve annapolis

Essex, MD

#13 Oct 18, 2008
i remember getting my haircut in the barbershop. you had to enter thru hess shoes, and walk to the far right to the barbershop. the monkeys were in the display window. i also remember riding these two horses that kind of glided near the barbershop. then my mother would take us kids to get ice cream at arundel ice cream

Dallas, TX

#14 Jan 31, 2013
What about Whelan's drug store? They had a lunch counter and soda fountain. I can remember what we kids called a cherry snowball. It was actually cherry syrup over chunks of soft ice. I have never had a "snowball" that good since. Every day during the summer we kids would go to "The Village" on our bikes. Spent a lot of time in Gammerman's hobby shop, our favorite store. As kids we loved riding our bicycles through the two tunnels that connected the front of the shopping center to the back. These were shortcuts that customers could take to reach the back parking lot without having to walk around the end of the strip. Does anyone remember the fluoroscope in the Hess Shoe Store? It was used to x-ray children's feet in new shoes to check the fit, as I remember.Nothing today compares to those wonderful christmas lights.

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