Friday, March 26, 2010

Here is a picture of a very Dear friend.  Her name is Linda, and she was a model for Denholms.   We called her the "face" of Denholms as she used to partake in many of the runway shows, and store activities.  Her and my grandmother were very close up untill my grandmothers passing. 

I was very lucky to have lunch with her over the holiday season, and she still looks as beautiful as ever.  This picture was taken on the third floor during a fashion show that Denholms routinely did.  In the background you can see the evening shop and bridal salon.


  1. Chris, Your blog is terrific! Thank you for keeping the name and the memory of Denholms alive.

    What a great tribute to your grandmother and to all of the people who worked there, the people who made the store what it was. I love the pictures that you've posted. Your grandmother looks so elegant and chic in the staff photo. You must have been very close to her; she must have been a wonderful grandmother and, I imagine, friend to you.

    I have so many good and happy memories of shopping there with my family. It was great because you could go in and charge purchases by simply giving your name. No card was needed. (This was true of other stores, as well.)

    My brother and I would sometimes buy a box of candy and deliver it to the Sisters of Mercy (the order of nuns who taught us in grammar school) whose "main" house was on High Street behind Denholms. Of course the candy was paid for by our parents, on their charge account!

    I remember the first floor, because it was so gracious and elegant. And the young men's department on the third floor (if I'm not mistaken), with its entrance on High Street. The salespeople were always so nice to my brother and me, even when we were shopping by ourselves.

    There's the experience of shopping at Denholms. Then there is that beautiful building - so modern and elegant in it's simplicity. I think that it's amazing that you're taking on the role of restoring it. I would love to hear more about what you're planning.

  2. I remember attending one of the fashion shows with my sister. She was 17 at the time and about to enter John Robert Powers. As her somewhat precocious 8 year brother, I was thrilled to be there with her. It was so glamorous, and I felt very sophisticated.

    Great site, Chris!

  3. Hello Chris!

    I came across your blog when searching for instructions for my grandmother's Denholms sewing machine. I had never heard of the department store before, although I have lived in central Mass my whole life!
    What a fascinating history you have provided on your site. I love learning about that era, how different from today's hustle and bustle. Shopping was such a different experience back then, one I would have enjoyed immensely! I will certainly look for the building next time I am in Worcester. Great job on the storefront- tasteful and elegant, just as Denholms itself was, I'm sure!

    Thank you for the opportunity to glance into the past, and I commend you for your hard work and dedication.