NYC: Herald Square – R.H. Macy & Company Store
A few nice acquiring customers images I found:
NYC: Herald Square – R.H. Macy & Company Store
Macy’s was founded in 1858 by Rowland Hussey Macy, who established a dry goods store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1851. He moved to New York City and established a new store named "R. H. Macy & Company" on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue, later moving to 18th Street and Broadway, on the "Ladies’ Mile", the 19th century elite shopping district, where it remained for nearly forty years.
In 1896, R. H. Macy’s was acquired by Isidor Straus and his brother Nathan, who had previously sold merchandise in the store. In 1902 the flagship store moved further uptown to Herald Square at 34th Street and Broadway, the former site of Koster & Bial’s Music Hall once stood and where Thomas Edison first projected his Vitascope motion picture. The new Macy’s store, built to the design of architects De Lemos & Cordes, was sheated in a Palladian facade and proclaimed "the largest store on earth" with 9 stories and 33 elevators and 4 escalators and pneumatic tube system. Although the store initially consisted of just one building, it expanded through new Art Deco additions by architect Robert D. Kohn, eventually occupying almost the entire block by 1924. The only exception is, to this date, one small brownstone on the corner of 34th and Broadway, which remains a separate property. Macy’s rents it annually for a legendary sum and camouflages it with giant signs.
Macy’s went public in 1922 and began to open up branch stores around New York and Long Island. Macy’s New York began opening stores outside of its New York City–Long Island trade area in 1983 with a location at Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida. Today company also operates two other national flagship stores, at San Francisco’s Union Square and the former Marshall Field’s flagship in the Chicago Loop. Additionally, four divisional flagship store locations are part of the legacy of various acquisitions by Macy’s over the years — Atlanta, representing the former Rich’s chain; Miami, where Burdines formerly operated; St. Louis, former headquarters of May Department Stores and its Famous-Barr division; Seattle, which was the location of The Bon Marché
Macy’s was the first retailer to promote a woman, Margaret Getchell, to an executive position, and pioneered such revolutionary business practices as the one-price system, in which the same item was sold to every customer at one price, and quoting specific prices for goods in newspaper advertising. Known for its creative merchandising, Macy’s was the first to introduce such products as the tea bag, the Idaho baked potato and colored bath towels. Macy’s was also the first retailer to hold a New York City liquor license.
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Finally cracked out the package of Haitian Bleu beans my dear cousin Christiana brought me this Christmas, in somewhat belated response to an appeal put out by Delphine way back in February 2005. My partner in caffeinated crime, Mark Franco, christened the Bleu by himself yesterday evening (as I can’t do coffee after 5pm), but I just had my own inaugural swig. As an American friend of a friend (who, incidentally, staggered past me at the Alternative Concept concert on Saturday night with a T&T-flag bandana tied around his head) likes to say when he hears certain Allison Hinds songs: Holy Cow! I take my coffee black with no sugar, so flavour means a great deal to me, and this stuff is smooth and mellow, with just a hint of sweetness.
I was reading the other day that René Préval, the newly elected president of Haiti, who is also an agronomist, played a signficant role in the Haitian Bleu project during his first term as president (1996-2001). According to the Coffee Masters web site:
From 1990 to 1996, the [USAID-sponsored] project spent .8 million to help 20,000 farmers belonging to 24 local cooperatives. The project united them into a single federation, which acquired an export license in order to sell the coffee directly to customers abroad. That cut out brokers in Haiti, which increased the farmers’ potential share of profits from their coffee, project managers say.The project helped farmers plant 4,350 acres of coffee. This effort, along with planting new trees on existing plantations, required 5.7 million coffee seedlings, along with nearly a quarter-million plantain plants and 30,500 citrus trees. Because coffee needs moist soil, coffee farmers plant other trees around the coffee to provide shade.
What’s not to like? If you love good coffee and believe that Haitian coffee farmers deserve a break, forgive Coffee Masters the glaring spelling error on their label and get yourself some Haitian Bleu.
From the Caribbean Free Radio blog.