If there was a nuclear core of my childhood, it was probably the Woolworth’s store on Main Street in my hometown, which sat next to a W.T. Grant, which was across the street from an S.S. Kresge.
My home milltown had a vibrant downtown and if you were a kid with a couple of pennies, which you might have lifted from your mother’s purse and still won’t say out loud, you headed for Woolworth’s.
You bought a 45 record. Or a fish. Or maybe you had a frankfurter, as we called them then. They were 10 cents.
For the longest time, I’ve thought it would be great to walk into the long-closed Woolworth’s in downtown St. Paul and soak in the memories.
Why is this news today? Because the Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo did. And because it’s all about to be wiped away.
About the blogger
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.