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

Boscov’s Names New Vice Chairman

Boscov’s Chairman and CEO Albert Boscov made an announcement today appointing Jim Boscov as Vice Chairman of Boscov’s Department Stores.  The promotion ensures that the 39-store chain will remain a family business.  Jim holds a master’s degree from Tufts University and started with Boscov’s in 1975 as an assistant store manager.

Albert Boscov said he has no plans to retire but wants to assure employees and business partners that “Boscov’s will remain Boscov’s for many years to come.”

Boscov’s is a Reading, PA-based department store chain founded in 1911.  Boscov’s is one of the last family-owned department store chains left in the United States.  Boscov’s successfully fought off bankruptcy in a little more than one year and has emerged strong. 

For a listing of Boscov’s store locations:

http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations.html