Woodward & Lothrop, Washington D.C.


Read the history of Woodward
& Lothrop exquisitely presented
in Michael Lisicky's latest book.

The Store Fit for the Nation's Capital

Where Quality and Service are Traditional
North Building,
acquired from Palais Royal in 1946.
The First Foor decorated for Christmas -
unfortunately, the photo does not show the beautiful bas-relief
plaster detailing on the square columns, which gave the store
tremendous character.

Woodward & Lothrop
1025 'F' Street NW
Washington, D.C.

DIstrict 7-5300

First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Better Jewelry • Small Leathers • Gloves • Handbags • Scarves • Belts • Hosiery • Cosmetics • Fragrances • Blouses • Cosmopolitan Sportswear •  The Shoe Center • Shoe Bag • Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Accessories • Men’s Personal Furnishings • Stationery • Calculators • Candy • Clocks • Coins & Stamps • Optical Shop • The Silver Room

Second Floor
Men’s Clothing • Formal Wear • Men’s Slacks • Men’s Outerwear • Men’s Rainwear • Washingtonian Shop • Men’s Tailored Sportswear • Men’s Action Sportwear • Men’s Related Separates • Quadrangle • Projections • Clubhouse • Shaver Shop • Body Shop • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Hats • Shoe Salon • Columbia Shoes • Millinery • Wig Salon • Beauty Salon

Third Floor
Point of View • Young Attitude Shop • Club House • Designer Sportswear • Sportique • Designer Coats • Fur Salon • Perspective • Potomac Dresses • Potomac Coats • Columbia Dresses • Columbia Sportswear • Columbia Coats • Cosmopolitan Dresses • Cosmopolitan Coats • Chandelier Room • Designer Room • The Walnut Room • Miss Woodward Shop • Lady Lothrop Shop • Active Sportswear • Lingerie • Foundations • Robes and Loungewear • Daywear • Sleepwear

Fourth Floor
Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Better Junior Sportswear  • Junior Lingerie • Infants Corner • Toddlers • Girls 4-6X • Girls 7-14 • Girls’ Accessories • Girl’s Sleepwear • Genesis • Little Boys • Boyswear • Boys’ Accessories • Teen Shop • Children’s Shoes • Children’s Furniture • Snak Shak

Fifth Floor
Crystal • China • Rosenthal • Table Linens • Bed Linens • Pillows • Towels • Bridal Gift Registry • Bridal Salon • Maternity Shop • Columbia Dresses • Columbia Coats • Columbia Career Shop • Columbia Casuals

Sixth Floor
Furniture • Mattresses • Connoisseurs Gallery • Interior Decorating Service

Seventh Floor
Luggage • Gifts • Williamsburg Shop • The Liberty Shop • Draperies • Pillows • Pictures • Lamps • Buffet Corner • The Dining Room • English Pub • Tea Room

Eighth Floor
Fashion Fabrics • Notions • Art & Needlework • Closet Accessories • Floor Coverings • Area Rugs • Credit Adjustments • Cashier

Ninth Floor
Personnel • Alterations • Executive Offices

Metro Level
Appliances • Easy Living Shop • Fireplace Accessories • Trim-a-Home • Christmas Wrapping

First Floor
Radio & TV • Paints • Hardware • Artist’s Supplies • Housewares • Cutlery Bar • Small Appliances • Bar Shop • Decorative Housewares • Bath Accessories • Gourmet Food Shop • Bakery Counter • The Book Corner

Second Floor
Toys • Hobbies

Third Floor
Ask Mr. Foster Travel Service • Dry Cleaning • Mending Shop • Repair Center • Photo Studio

The Concourse
December, 1943
8,000 s.f.
(acquired from Palais Royal)

Chevy Chase
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
November, 1950
140,000 s.f.
The Fountain Room
615 N. Washington
November, 1952
33,000 s.f.
The Potomac Room
Seven Corners
Falls Church, VA
October, 1956
100,000 s.f.
The Fort Buffalo Room
Wheaton Plaza
Silver Spring, MD
February, 1960
150,000 s.f.
The Montgomery Room
Parole Plaza
September, 1964
90,000 s.f.

Alexandria, VA
October, 1965
151,000 s.f.

Prince Georges Plaza
Hyattsville, MD
August, 1966
149,000 s.f.

Iverson Mall
2731 Branch Avenue
Hillcrest Heights, MD
July, 1967
144,000 s.f.
Tysons Corner
McLean, VA
153,000 s.f.

Columbia Mall
Columbia, MD
123,000 s.f.
The Patuxent Room

Landover Mall
Landover, MD
May, 1972
160,000 s.f.
The Chesapeake Room

Montgomery Mall
Bethesda, MD
March 25, 1976
152,000 sq. ft.

Lakeforest Mall
Gaithersburg MD
150,000 sq. ft.

White Marsh Mall
White Marsh, MD

Coming in due course.


  1. Wow! What a great store Woodies was. Whatever I needed, even if I tried finding it elsewhere, I could find it there. Truly one of the greatest department stores and one that I miss very much.

  2. Memories abound. I remember the underground parking, with an entrance into the basement bakery department. There, Wellesley Fudg cupcakes were in the display case - the icing so thick and rich that a child could not eat the entire cupcake.

    The animated Christmas store window displays were a major area attraction. On Thanksgiving, each year, we would pile into the family car and drive to Woodies to see the windows. There would be velevet ropes to facilitate the crowds and keep the wating lines orderly.

  3. As an ex-Buyer for Woodies all I will say is this...no retailer tried harder to go out of business than they did. All upper management were rejects (fired with cause) from other larger and more profitable stores. This may have been the single most poorly run company in America.

  4. What a great store this was, it had so much to offer. The Fudge Cupcakes w/nuts were delicious, it would cost about $10 each today and that would be cheap, compared to a dipped strawberry @Godiva's. The people who worked there had pride in their jobs, & it showed with their customer service. Remembering Christmas, how we got to see their window display was eye opening. My friend from NY thought all the stores here were small town, except for Woodies', that one is comparable. It was one of our more upscale everyday stores. A standout was when we got married, our friends came back & told us how nice they were @the registry, helpful & personable even relaying personal stories they've heard from others. But all good things come to an end and Woodies was one of those remarkable stores that did.

  5. I have in my possession a "Golden Anniversary Diary - 1880 - 1930, Woodward & Lothrop Wahington. Inside front cover is a 1930 calendar. Book is golden in color and is in what I would call perfect condition. It has never been written in. Inside back cover are two calendars, 1929 and 1931. Please advise if of any $$ value to your museum. My E-mail address is phjones67@cox.net Thank you. I contacted a Mrs. Garcia back 1990 at the store's 100th anniversary, when it was located at the Pentagon building (I think). She had indicated their archive department would definitely be interested in the book, but I never heard from her again. Any response you might provide will be appreciated.

  6. That sounds fascinating. Because the museum is totally unsupported by any type of funding, I can not make acquisitions. The reason that the store's archive department never answered, is that they are no longer in business. If you wish, you can find out if these archives have been saved at any location (such as a museum) and donate it there.


  7. I remember the bakery at Woodies and boy was that ever good. Perhaps the fudge cake was Wellesley Fudge cupcakes like the ones sold at Hutzlers Dept. Store? I remember the chocolate cupcakes with coconut frosting. Does anyone have the recipe for those? How about the yellow cake also? Was the bakery contracted out? Would love to know the details.

  8. What happen to the Security Staff from 1980 until 1990 ? We were the best there was in any retail store.

  9. In the early to mid 1980's, the family sold Woodies. While any residual presentation and marketing might have remained for a brief time, Woodies' light pretty clearly went dim at a rapid rate after that point.

  10. I think I hear an echo in here!

  11. I remember what my family called "Woodie Cookies" but were really called English Drop cookies, raisins held together with butter and brown sugar! Does anyone know of a recipe??

  12. I cried the day Woodies closed in WDC, but not as hard as I did when Garfinkel's Department Store in WDC closed. I may still have a Woodies shopping bag and if I find it I'll send you a photo of it to add to your collection. I came to WDC in 1972 from Charleston, WV were the Diamond was my favorite store. Thank you for your website. I will return often when I need to reminisce.

  13. I was the Warehouse Sale Coordinator at the Woodies Service building in Springfield, VA from 1981 to 1989. My office was located in the furniture Clearance Center (Store #73). The store occupied the northern quarter of the Service Building and sold scratched and dented furniture, discontinued pieces, lawn furniture and occasional furniture and in my early days there, TV's. The memory of those crazy sales and the tremendous public response was unforgettable. It took a week to set up the one-day extrvaganza sale and a second week to recover from it! My entire career at Woodies spanned from 1972 in the Tysons Corner Men's department to 1989 when my position at the Clearance Center was eliminated and me along with it.

  14. I joined Woodward & Lothrop in 1958 as a sales person in the camera department. After 30 days I was approached by the personal department to join their union,I refused to join. The next day I was summened to personal who wanted to know why I did not want to join the union. They liked my reason and asked me if I would consider becoming part of management and was with the store for 15 years. When I left I was qualified for retirement which was 500.00 a year. I held many positions, Manager to assistant buyer. I was a manager of the budget store, assistant buyer of the budget store, boys department. Manager of House wares, Chevy Chase store where I met my future wife. Back to the main store to be assistant buyer of mens clothing, linnens and bedding departments. My last position was the ware house on 1st and M streets as manager of checking & receiving. Was a shame it was ruined by the last CEO.

  15. Julie Black Carlson22 January, 2012 10:31

    There was an Eastover store as well but that was closed before the Landover store was opened (I think). A great organization that fell to the big bang theory of retail management. I think the Wannamaker acquisition contributed but the stores were both instrumental in setting the standard for retail operations in the early part of the 19th century. It should have been a match made in heaven...damn Taubman was in it for the money not the history.

  16. Julie Perry Stone31 January, 2012 14:03

    I remember going to Woodies when I was a child in the 50s. I loved walking in the G Street entrance and looking at the store from the balcony, especially at Christmas. Everything was so beautiful and smelled so good from the cosmetics counters. When my children were young, we would make a special trip at Christmas so they could look at the windows and do their Christmas shopping at The Secret Shop. There was a window where parents could peek in to see their children shopping, but I never did because I wanted to be surprised on Christmas morning.

  17. As a member of the corporate security staff, I can say that it is true the group was well known by other security and law enforcement throughout the metropolitan area as professionals. This due to Lew Shealy's oversight.

    What ever happened to Velatis Chocolate made in the NB? Also, remember the Rum Buns in the Tea Room?

  18. I remember the basement bakery as that was the only place interesting for a 7 year old. I can't find anything that resembles my memories :)

  19. iwas a employee for 25 years. i managed and sold shoes. i help close the seven corners store an dlandmark. i worked with a lot of managers of the stores and i was asst buyer in books fo a while

  20. W & L refused to issue charge accounts to Negro customers until they acquired Palais Royal. Even then they refused to serve "colored" people in their tea rooms until the District of Columbia began to enforce an old public accommodations law. At late as 1956 they still wouldn't serve blacks in the Chevy Chase store tea room.

  21. I have an original watercolor done for a W&L display (titled: Susan with Muff by Helene). Probably circa 40s - 50s. Can anyone tell me more? Thx!

  22. My grandfather worked for Woodward and Lothrop for 32 years before retiring in 1989. He started out at the drycleaning department at the warehouse in DC before becoming an engineer for the company. I remember as a child going to the Seven Corners location (now a DSW Shoes on the upper level and a Ross on the lower level) and the Landmark location (now empty, and the Service Warehouse in Springfield. My grandfather passed away in 2008 and I really miss him. This site has allowed me to reconnect with him in a way. Thanks!

  23. You omitted a location. Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va. It was the BEST department store. I still miss it.

  24. This is WONDERFUL! I remember every inch of the Washington store. I am a 7th generation Washingtonian. My mother shopped there regularly. Do you have any idea if anyone has the recipe for their English Drpo Cookies? They were so good. I think of them often and wish I could recreate them at home.

  25. I have the following and would like to give it to whoever is in charge and/or appreciate them: copies of the "Woodlothian" from 1988 - 1991; "Regardies" magazine dated November 1988 with Ed Hoffman on the cover and the cover story titled "What the Hell Happened to Woodies?"
    I was employed in several departments starting at Iverson Mall in 1972, retiring in 1988 from the Systems department in the Alexandria office.
    Shirley Mihursky

  26. Dear Shirley:

    Thank you for posting your comment. If you would e-mail me at bkopytek@comcast.net, I can help you find a good home for these items.


  27. At the risk of appearing to be self-serving, Let me mention that I have written a short history fo Woodies, which appears on my Washington DC blog at http://www.streetsofwashington.com/2010/11/woodward-lothrop-sentimental-favorite.html. One of the things Woodies did in the course of its history was to acquire the old Palais Royal department store, which I have also written up on my site. Finally regarding archival records for Woodies, they were donated to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., which has them nicely organized and available for researchers.

    John DeFerrari

  28. Thanks, John for the links to your beautiful and informative articles. I am sure many visitors to this site will enjoy reading about Woodies!

    Will you be so kind as to contact me at bakgraphics@comcast.net? It is regarding research about Woodies and an opportunity I may have for you.


  29. I never heard of this store until I was at the flea market and found a full three mink scarf. Im trying to find out how much it is worth. all of the fur and parts are still here but they are starting to fall apart.

  30. Yes interesting reading,i helped open the Eastover store in i believe the fall of 1963 and met my wife there before working down town in the engineering dept until 1 left in 1070.
    The bakery was in house and on the 8th floor as i remember,the german choclate cake was to die for and my favorite.
    I enjoyed working there and met a lot of good people,but glad i left when i did .

  31. Just before the downtown Woodies closed, I took my son to tour the store and to have lunch in the Tea Room. I have wonderful memories of shopping there with my Grandmother and my Mom, especially at Christmastime with the beautiful decorations and visiting Santa in the Toy Department.

  32. When my wife and I were freshmen in college we applied to work in a department store - she applied at Woodies and I applied at Hechts...as fate would have it - I got a job at Woodies and she at Hechts. My first job was at the PG store in the toy department..several promotions later I left in 1986 as the MErchandise Manager in the Mens Dept at Chevy Chase. I went to work for Macys - but came back to Woodies in 1989 to my favorite job to date as Training Manager at Metro Center. I left Woodies in 1994 after working as Customer Satisfaction Administrator at Fair Oaks. Some of my very best work memories came from my days at Woodies. Christmas still doesn't seem the same -- not working in retail any longer!

  33. I grew up steps from the Wheaton Plaza store. So many memories are forever blazoned in my mind. It was the ultimate suburban store with bargain basement and every imaginable department. I remember Notions and Books. Things you would never find in a contemporary Macy's. The restaurant was the Brass Pony in the 70s. I loved going there. My friends and I went to see Henry Winkler (the Fonz) and Don Most (Ralph Malph) in person there. I was the only one that wanted Don Most's autograph. One of my earliest retail memories was being in the cosmetics department with my mother and noticing the clerks all has clear plastic purses. My mother said that's so they don't steal anything. That was a shock. Steal? They might steal? To this day, my siblings and I call any transparent pouch a "Woodies Bag".

  34. I managed several Woodies restaurants during the 10 years I spent at Woodies, including Columbia's Patuxent Room where we served Sunday Brunch and had a huge salad bar where all the salads were made in house. Then I worked at Landover, Wheaton Plaza, White Marsh Mall, and the last 2 years managing the Tea Room in Washington. I remember meeting Tony Curtis and being asked to find him his favorite snack " Lady Fingers " and a bottle of Tang Gin. I stayed through the liquidation sales and was the last restaurant manager to be layed off. That was a sad day, I loved the old building and its history. Also the fun serving the kids during our annual Breakfast with Santa.

  35. Every year at Christmas time my parents would take me and my sister to the Mall in D.C. to see the National Christmas Tree, then we would head to Woodies to see the mechanically animated window decorations. They were always entrancing. Hecht's and Lansburgh's also had similar windows, but not as many, and never as extravagant. This activity was always one of the highlights of the Holiday season for me. I only wish I could take my grandkids. I truly miss Woodies. One of the finest retail establishments ever.

  36. Wheaton Plaza had a Woodies at one end and a Monkey Wards at the other. The more well-to-do you were the closer you parked to the Woodies end. :-) That was about as high-class as we ever managed when I was a kid. There was something about either the florescent light ballasts or the alarm systems on the jewelry cases, but there was this really painful right-on-the-upper-edge-of-human-hearing squeal that just drove me nuts whenever Mom dragged me in there. But it had to be endured if you wanted to get someone something really *nice* for Christmas: the pecking order of shopping elitism kinda went Sears and Wards, Penneys and Hecht's, and Woodies at the top of the totem pole. :-)

  37. Does anyone know when Woodward & Lothrop did custom picture framing? In doing some research on 2, what appear to be very old prints, and not finding much information, I decided to check into the framing. They both have a blue and silver oval shaped decal that says "Custom Picture Framing, Woodward & Lothrup, Washington" I find the all of the history behind Woodies fascinating!

  38. Does anyone remember having lunch in the Williamsburg Room? I have so many wonderful memories going there. Big step up to the "food courts" of today!

  39. I worked in the wheaton store along with my mother and brother I have the gold 100 years coin with the date of 1880-1980 on the one side other side reads 100 years encased in block of one inch acrylic anyone ever see this? jm

  40. Does anybody have ANY more information on English Drop Cookies? ANY recipe? ANY thoughts? More detailed description?

    Thank you!


  41. In 1959/60, I worked in the window display/interior decorating dept. as an "apprentice" in the main downtown store. What a fun job! Christmas decorations were the best! At various times, we displayed live animals in the big windows on F and G streets -- from alligators, to penquins, to deer, and one of my jobs was to feed them. Sadly, the live animal displays ended one Christmas when a deer attempted to jump through the big glass window on G Street.
    Allen Hounshell
    Fairfax, VA

  42. I worked at all of the Woodies during my employment there. I originally was a third party contractor doing their cash register repair. When Woodies dropped the contract and started their own in house service center I was the only one of 22 techs from the contract asked to join Woodies...which I did and stayed with them until the lights went out some 15 years later. Although originally hired to do cash registers it soon branched out and a department of maybe 8 to 10 managed to do all of the cash registers, printers, crt's, eventually PC's and telephones for all of Woodies and then Wanamakers as well. Great group of people to work with. They should never have been sold.....the buyers were not merchants and were only interested in the property Woodies sat on.

  43. What about the budget store on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda?

  44. Wow. The commercial jingle ring fresh in my mind as if it were only yesterday: "Make your world...beautiful at Woo-dies!" Anyone else remember? I loved the display windows at Christmas. Thanks for reminding us of better times.

  45. Nancy (muffwhite@comcast.net)03 July, 2013 01:17

    I have a lovely little luncheon/dessert-sized Wedgewood plate that is marked on the back " ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR WOODWARD & LOTHROM BY JAMES SCOTT THOMPSON LIMITED EDITION WEDGEWOOD BONE CHINA MADE IN ENGLAND. The pattern is a white background with lovely apple blossoms twining around the center section, with what I believe are 4 Japanese letters/characters around the rim. It is in the original box, wth the original price tag of $50.00, sale price tag of $39.99. It was a gift, but I don't remember the giver or the timeframe. Does anyone remember these plates or know where I can check out these special Wedgewood editions. So far, I can't find anything online.

  46. I am a historian writing a history of the effort by Woodward & Lothrop employees to form a union in the late 1970s. I am interested in speaking with former W&L employees from this general time period. I am interested in hearing all stories and opinions. If you are interested in sharing your experience of working at Woodie's, please contact me. I can be reached at awindham@umd.edu -- Lane Windham

  47. I was their first and only male telephone operator working out of Tyson Corner. Lets not forget the warehouse sale at their warehouse on I95 north of Springfield VA

  48. August 12,2013...I worked at Woodward & Lothrop for about 15/16 years in Charge Authorization and then Accounts Payable in the Washington,DC store and moved with them out to 2800 Eisenhower Ave.,VA(Accounts Payable) until they were sold. I loved the Christmas times of great displays. My son enjoyed them too. Our department worked the sales floor at Christmas times. Enjoyed working with the public. Does anybody know were any of the business offices are located? My job has been cut and Social Security gave me an address, but that office is no longer there-400 Town Center ste500 Southfield, MI., 480751406.Send message-twymanbj@verison.net


  49. I remember that fabulous jingle, Make your world beautiful at Woodies. On TV it was Starry night by Van Gough painting itself ending with a sparkle. I can play it on my keyboard. I remember all those jingles, even Hechts. Hecht, Hechts exciting Hechts, imaginations everywhere!

    1. Do you of any recording on YouTube or anything of this commercial jingle.I LOVED this commercial it was so beautiful. Please let me know

  50. I worked at the Woodies in Annapolis (Parole Plaza) in the early 80's. I met my wife who also worked there. I started part-time on the Platform. Remember the spiveys? Then went to the Men's Department. Worked there as an assistant to Patty B. Got out before it got bad. My wife stayed a few more years. I miss the store (replaced by a huge towne centre, it's now a Target for God's sake).

  51. I miss Woodies so much! Anybody that I know that grew up in the DC area feels the same way. I was in Indiana for grad school when they started having problems; by the time I moved it back, it was gone.

  52. We lived in Falls Church and my mom, sister, and I shopped at Woodies, 7 Corners. My prom dresses were purchased there in 1958-59 and I shopped there for many years and loved their fabrics and their children's clothes. We purchased our Magnavox 'stereo' there as well as a sofa, and had two large paintings framed at Woodies -- it was a wonderful store.

  53. I have a Woodward & Lothrop hat box that belonged to my mother-in-law that I love, and a Woodward & Lothrop red plastic letter opener from 1959

  54. I have a copper coin that says 'Woodward & Lothrop' 1880-1980 on one side, and on the other side it says '100 years'. It is about the size of an Eisenhower Dollar coin and is copper. Does anyone know what it might be worth? If anyone has any information on it's worth, please email me at oneredheadmom@yahoo.com Thank you!

  55. Thanks (NOT!) to Alfred Taubman for demise of Woodward & Lothrop ("Woodies") and John Wanamaker. Don't shop at the malls his company manages: Fair Oaks Mall and Lakeforest Mall.

  56. My husband was VP Marketing from 1975-1981. He turned the job down initially, not wanting to leave Atlanta, but was convinced to bring me up for the grand tour. I'm a native Atlantan and thought there was no store in the world that could compete with my beloved Rich's. Well, I was wrong! Things were beginning to change when we left in '81, but the time we were there was magic. Loved that store and everything about it, including management team and wives. Our daughter joined as an executive trainee right after college in '85 and became a buyer. She went through the Wannamakers transition and some rough waters, but she learned a lot. Both daughters worked there during high school. The downtown store when closed for parties was a magical place! Store openings meant long hours and great excitement. We may have come for the final chapter of Woodies, but it was still a special place to work, shop and play. Great memories. Somebody, please write a book!!!

  57. They did! Check back tonight and I will put a link up to it.


  58. No info on any value of your 100 years "copper" coin, but that was one of the things he was responsible for during his tenure at Woodies. I asked, but he doesn't remember how many were produced, but probably a few thousand at the most. We have several. There were also lapel pins for the 100th--less of those.

  59. I, too, shopped at Woodies in Annapolis, MD and purchased a Wedgwood Plate commemorating the Queen's visit to Washington in 1976, Limited Edition No. 9 of 12 in FIVE COLOURS. It has been packed since 1976 and I recently moved and just unpacked it. I have not been able to find anything about it - even from Wedgwood. Anyone know anything about why Woodies sold it, what happened to the other 11? I am curious. Carolyn (carolynamm@aol.com Happy New Year

  60. I can't find that commercial anywhere.

  61. Are there any "Teen Board" Models from Woodies in Landover Maryland?

  62. The wrong address is listed for Woodies in Chevy Chase. It was located at 5400 Wisconsin Ave. 7201 was the W&L Bethesda Budget Store.

  63. I so loved working at Woodrow downtown $ That was my first job since moving ro the DC area. I was hired in August 1978 but left to work for the DC govt in 1982. I had two beautiful girls while working there and we always called them Woodies Babies. We had great times back then, drama was unheard of and coworkers would cover your station for you if a bathroom break was needed. I work leather gloves, umbrellas, scarves or where ever I was needed. I remember when Donnie Simpson would come through to spin a few records during special events, but the most spectacular event of all was Christmas!! Simply Devine and stunning decorations. Sure wish I would reconnect with my best friends/former coworkers Annette and Doretha. Loved those two ladies. We were not only coworkers but good respectable friends too!! Miss Woodies!!!!

  64. I am a native Washingtonian, now retired and living in Florida. Woodies College Board, summer jobs, then assistant buyer in the early 70s. Left when I married and moved away. Haven't been home in years. As both a child and an adult I remember the magic. Christmas windows, glamorous ladies in cosmetics, regal ladies who set the tone working in the tea room, the bakery, and that last deer who broke out of a Christmas window. Did those lovely people who retired ever get their pensions after it all folded?

  65. I recommend the book "Woodward & Lothrop": A Store worthy of the Nation's Capital by Michael Lisicky. It's outstanding. I think Woodies would still be around if it wasn't some guy
    who shall remain nameless (he's not worth naming) and Alfred Taubman.

  66. I loved Woodies, I still talk about it to this day, the sales, the bakery in the basement and the Dinning Room, just loved their homemade breads. During lunchtime when I had nothing to do, I would just walk to Woodies and just browse the floors, sometimes seeing other people I knew doing the same thing. When we meet up, we still talk about Woodies, no other comparison. Loved their Harvest sale, no other department store sale could beat them, Hecht's tried, but no comparison to Woodies.

    As with Woodies, we also lost Hecht's, to this day I still call Macy's Hecht's, I can not stop talking about the wonderful service we received from both Woodies and Hecht's.

    I treasure my old Woodie's chargeplate and the few bags with their name on them.

  67. Velatis caramels and chocolates are available at the store located at 8408 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD 20910 301 578-8612 or 1-888-483-5284. Also available online at www.velatis.com

  68. Some Woodies Washington Post ads from the mid-1990s can be seen here: http://www.joebroderick.com/woodies.htm

  69. I loved downtown DC Woodies was the headliner, at Christmas everyone came downtown to see the shop windows and hear the singing, we wanted to see who was the best between Woodies and Hecht Downtown had a flavor Chandlers I Miller, Rich's shoes L Franks the Blue Mirror Woolworths Hahn shoes Jelleffs Murphy's I could go on and on does anyone remember the health food store across from Woodies? you could go in and sit at the counter and have home made fresh soup and beautiful salads with the home made salad dressing with wheat crackers I wonder where did they go? well tears are in my eyes I will never forget I am leaving DC going to AZ I will carry my memories

  70. In 1983-84, I worked at Woodies at the Columbia Mall in the candy/stationary departments. It was terrible. The hot lights in the store melted much of the chocolate out on the shelves. The management did nothing but make up unless busy work for us. Many employees were lazy knucklesheads who had been their for years. I remember one employee who spent her entire shift every day prank calling other departments. Another had worked their for nearly a decade and couldn't weigh candy or work the registar. She would sit back and let me do all the work, queitly chuckling under her breath. I eventually was fired for "throwing" a bag at a customer. I never threw anything, the bag merely slipped from my counter (because I was rushing) and she caught it. She interpreted that as a "throwing." I explained this but they fired me anyway. Retail of any kind treats employees badly. What they really should of fired me for was going in the back where the stock was kept in a large refrigerator and eating the very expensive chocolate, which I did nearly every shift (but I was still only 103lbs).

  71. Does anyone remember the Woodies Christmas Reindeer? I have a few.

  72. I have a portrait of a Welsh Corgi painted by an artist named Frank Mullin. The only information that I can find about him is that he painted the mural at the Tea Room at the Friendship Heights Woodies done in the Impressionist style. I was a devout customer at the downtown Woodies spanning several decades before they closed, but I don't recall ever seeing the mural at Friendship. Does anyone have any information about the artist Mullin? Any intel would be very much appreciated.

  73. My great aunt worked in the Woodward and Lothrup department store in Washington D.C. in the 1940s. While working there she purchased a beautiful mahogany bedroom set that I have since acquired. The manufacturer's stamp on the back says 3-16-49. I have one dresser, one chest, one singe bed, and a night stand. There is a metal plate inside the dresser that says Georgetown Galleries. The furniture is in excellent shape. I would like the furniture to go to a home that would appreciate it's value and origin. Please email be at hbenson@isd599.org.

  74. My great aunt worked at the Woodward and Lothrop Department Store in Washington D.C. in the 1940s. While she was there she purchased a beautiful mahogany bedroom set. The plate on the inside of the dresser says Georgetown Galleries. The stamp on the back of the dresser says 3-16-49. I have since acquired the furniture which includes: a dresser, chest, single bed, and a nightstand. I want the furniture to go to a home that appreciates its value and origin. Please email me at hbenson@isd599.org.

  75. I was an artist that designed many of the newspaper ads. I was there from 1975-79. I still have many of the layouts

  76. My grandfather, William Joseph McMahon, was employed by Woodies in Washington, D.C. for 56 years as a floor manager. I have a copy of an Evening Star article dated 1947 honoring him. He was "Poppy" to me and a real hero to his family!

  77. My grandmother was a very talented artist and created three-dimensional pictures with felt flowers. On the backof the frame was a small metal tag "Fantaisie Florale Hand Embroidered. They were placed in a gold frame and sold through Woody's.

  78. This site is a fascinating. I miss shopping in Chevy Chase at high end stores. NThis was before Baltimore City, Towson, Maryland and Columbia, Maryland retained high end stores.

  79. I enjoyed working there. Does anyone know were any of their officers are-applying for Social Security? twymanbj@verizon.net

  80. Does anyone have the recipe for the raw vegetable sandwich which was served in the basement?

  81. Hello my name is Jackie Robinson I worked in Public Relations, Men's Buying Office, Security and the Construction Department from 1977- to 1988. I am having problems tracking my pension after Woodies Bankruptcy does anyone have information now that I am 60 years old I need my pension benefits. rosesarered0328@yahoo.com. Love everyone at Woodies, great memories but the PBGC is acting like they can't remember the Bankruptcy. I have the lawyers name Mr. Marc Abrams but he says all the money is gone and was given to the retirees in 1996, I told him their are plenty of former employees that are now retiring and the pension was suppose to be kept in a Pension Trust. Does anyone out there know anything, God Bless

  82. Maybe this will help. From the New York Times, 1995: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/10/business/company-news-woodward-lothrop-workers-get-pension-guarantee.html

  83. Maybe this will help. From the New York Times, 1995:


  84. My family moved to the DC area in the early 1950s. Woodies was THE store for my mother who was used to upscale department stores in Philadelphia. I can still recall when the receipts came back to you in the brass pneumatic tubes. Others have mentioned lunch in the tea room where there would be models parading the latest fashions while we ate. We looked but I think many of the outfits were beyond our price range. I almost always had a cream cheese & olive sandwich. Olives seemed so very exotic! After lunch, we 'parked' my grandmother in a chair in the balcony over the F street entrance or so my memory locates it while we did our serious shopping often buying fabric so that my mother and grandmother could make my dresses. Christmas windows were another wonderful reason to make the drive in from Prince Georges county. While we often went to Hechts for household items, most of our shopping was done in Woodies. Lansburghs was only when my mother was getting used to DC and Kahns didn't merit a visit in her mind.