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.
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.