For decades the go-to destination for Baltimore shoppers, the corner of Lexington and Howard streets was home to four department stores: Hecht's, Hochschild's, Hutzler's and Stewart's (pictured). For decades, no Christmas was complete without at least one shopping trip to this commercial nerve center. They're all gone now -- Hutzler's remained the longest, closing in 1989.
Hutzler’s. Hecht’s. Hochschild’s. Stewart’s. These were the four grand department stores for loyal Charm City shoppers for over 100 years. Though these giants of the retail scene have been lost, the memories remain. Generations were enchanted by the Toytown Parade and the Christmas displays—and who can forget Hecht’s Festival of Flowers or Hutzler’s delectable Wellesley Fudge Cake? Local author and retail historian Michael J. Lisicky renders a stunning portrait of Baltimore in days gone by.
The May Company purchased the Hecht Company in 1959. The Hecht Company finally dissolved in 2006 when stores like Macy's and Bloomingdale's cornered the market and Federal Department Stores bought the May Company.