Hess’s Workers Gather To Remember Allentown’s Heyday

English: Scan of slide circa 1950 of Hess Brot...

English: Scan of slide circa 1950 of Hess Brothers Department Store, Allentown, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  I too remember trips to the Allentown store, lunch at the Patio Room and the whole “Hess’s” experience.  Sadly missed!

As Steve Saganowich of Whitehall Township pulls a dog-eared photo from his wallet, his face displays a giddy grin that seems much too young for his 79 years.

And it only widens as he explains the photo that shows him hemming a 7-year-old Donny Osmond‘s pant-leg when the child star appeared at Hess’s in 1964.

“See, lots of big stars came to Allentown to appear at Hess’s,” said Saganowich, who worked as a Hess’s men’s department tailor for 47 years.  “Hess’s put Allentown on the map.”

Saganowich was one of more than 100 former Hess’s workers who gathered at Emmaus Community Park on Saturday for the first time since the famed downtown Allentown department store closed in 1996.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-hess-employees-reunion-20120818,0,6307652.story

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