Wurzburg’s from “Retail Icons: Shopping Downtown in 1950s Grand Rapids”

Wurzburg’s from “Retail Icons: Shopping Downtown in 1950s Grand Rapids”

At its peak in the mid-1950s, downtown Grand Rapids boasted over one-million square feet of retail space, making it Michigan’s second largest shopping destination. This presentation will take a closer look at some of the home-grown icons including Herpolsheimer’s, Steketee’s and Wurzburg’s, as well as other beloved downtown businesses. Generations made the trek downtown for back-to-school events, Easter shows, holiday windows and family luncheons. A number of Michigan-based companies such as S.S. Kresge even set trends in consumer culture. Guests will be treated to images of vintage ads, catalogs and signage from some of downtown’s best known emporiums.

 

Presentation by Michael Hauser
Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission

This presentation is part of the 2016 History Detectives program on Saturday, January 23, at the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library. Download the Full PDF Brochure Here