Growing up in a small town in Southern New Jersey

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Still another great shop on "main street"

This shop was the place where dreams were made. This place was on the corner of Fourth Avenue (NW corner) and The Pike. The name of the shop was Palumbo's.

Palumbo's was a wedding gown/prom gown shop. And the window dressing was something from which the dreams were made.

My sister and I both recall how we would wait for the window to change clothes (new gowns put on display).

When I married my bridesmaids' dresses came from that shop. We went in to choose them and took our time.

My gown didn't come from there, though. After all those years of dreaming about getting a gown at Palumbo's, I didn't. I found one that was less expensive and just as pretty at Penney's.

But I remember riding my bike down to just look at the window and when I was riding a bus home from work, I'd take a peek at the window to see if they had changed the contents. Always a treat when the dresses were changed.

Prom season was another time when the window would change, and then after prom season was bride season, then came homecoming season, then Christmas, then it went round again. Always changing, always dreaming.



Bill Tracy said...

Now there's an old memory. I haven't thought of that place in years! As a guy it didn't get much notice from me, but I do remember it.

Even more notable in that realm was the Seventh Heaven place down in Glendora. My uncle lived in Blackwood and we spent a lot of time going back and forth so I saw that place a lot. As you came back from Blackwood it sat way up high on the hill on your right on the corner of Front Street. The name seemed to fit because looking out from the back seat of a car it seemed you were looking up to heaven. And for a kid full of theological questions, I was always trying to figure out a connection to a "seventh" heaven!

Thanks, Judi

Judi Hahn said...

Yeah, I remember Seventh Heaven. That was the big place with the bigger prices. Palumbos was just right for the Runnemede purse. Seventh Heaven burnt down.