Wanamaker’s Transformed

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have fond memories of making the trek to downtown Philly for the annual Christmas lights show at Wanamaker’s Department Store. We also used to go see the Christmas display at Lit Brothers, Strawbridge and Clothiers, and Gimbels Department Store. Those were during the heyday of shopping in downtown Philly.

Now, the old, grand stores are gone and in their places are a Burlington Coat Factory and a K-Mart. The Wanamaker’s building is now home to Macy’s. It’s a much smaller store than Wanamaker’s was, but they have kept the grand court with the Wanamaker’s eagle and the giant pipe organ. After a little research, I see that Wanamaker’s was the first department store in Philadelphia and one of the first in the country.

During my visit a couple of weeks ago, the grand court was transformed into a Brazilian flower show.

The Wanamaker's Eagle

The Wanamaker’s Eagle was always a popular meeting spot. Everyone knew where it was. I’m glad they didn’t do away with it.

A toucan made of flowers
The grand court

That’s a giant pipe organ up there on the upper floors. They still hold concerts periodically. The Christmas light show is also displayed on the walls, although I hear it’s all been updated with LEDs.

This store is the one that was featured as Prince and Co. in the 1987 movie “Mannequin” and “Mannequin Two: On the Move.”

Flat Kendall Visits Philadelphia

I’m on the road for business, so Flat Kendall is along for the trip. First stop – Philadelphia. We took in some of the sights.

This is a great food market.

We made sure we visited Reading Terminal Market. It’s full of great food, many of which have been featured on the Food Network. I made sure I got to have all of my Philly favorites. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, so I sure miss my cheesesteaks and scrapple.

This was on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network

Dinic’s is famous for their roast pork sandwiches with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese. Yum. I didn’t try one this trip, but I’ve had them before.

Kendall loves Dinic's

After a bite to eat at the market, we headed out to find the famous LOVE statue at the start of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. That’s my friend from college holding up Flat Kendall.

Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love
Yes, that's a giant clothespin

We walked some more and found a statue outside the Wanamaker building.

Hanging out with the sign boy

More pictures from inside the old Wanamaker’s Department store later this week.