6.12.09

THE OUTLET COMPANY



THE OUTLET COMPANY 
was a corporation based in Providence, Rhode Island which 
owned holdings in both retail and broadcasting. 
The store remained strong with its sole flagship location and dominated 
the field of retail in not only Providence, but Rhode Island as a whole.




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  1. On school holidays my mom and I would go downtown on the #100 bus. We would go early to take confession at the St. Francis Chapel, then on Weybosset Street near the Crown Hotel. We would then have breakfast in the Crown Coffee Shop. We did not go to restaurants a lot the way people do now, just on Mother's Day and Thanksgiving, so this was a big treat for me. I loved spinning around on the red-topped stools. We would then wait for the Outlet to open at 8:45 (??), the earliest opening store, and walk around in there until the other stores opened. Later we would go to Read-All Bookstore across the street (also the paperback bookstore across the street) and then to Westminster Mall to all the great stores: Shepards, Grants, Gladdings, Newberrys, Kresges, Woolworths, Richleys Cards, Cherry & Webb, and the different shoe stores (including my godfather, who had the shoe shop on Washington Street near the Strand Theatre). (There was also Freeman's Stationery and the Arcade further down.) Sometimes we would go to the Majestic Theatre (now the Trinity Square Playhouse) to see the latest Disney movie. I saw OLD YELLER and MARY POPPINS there. For lunch we would go to the Ming Garden or the Waldorf Cafeteria. Providence Place can't hold a candle to the old Providence shopping district.

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    1. How beautifully you describe it all. Why are our memories of that special time so very precious. I also write about growing up in the 50's in my blog babara rattles.blogspot.com

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  2. Back in the 1930's, the Outlet was where you went to see the REAL Santa, and their window automated displays were wonderful!

    Evelyn

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  3. There was an Outlet store in Garden City too. My dad was head of security there.

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  4. I HAD FOUND MEMORIES OF THE OUTLET COMPANY WOULD TRY AND GET THERE EARLY TO SEE THE PARADES

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  5. My dad was the executive chef at the crown hotel

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  6. My dad was the executive chef at the crown hotel

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  7. My dad was the executive chef at the crown hotel

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  8. SOME OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES ARE OF "THE OUTLET". SITTING ON SANTA'S LAP AND GETTING A "REAL" WRAPPED GIFT! NO STRINGS ATTACHED! THE TALKING CHRISTMAS TREE WAS A FAVORITE WHEN I WAS SMALL!

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  9. I remember the "Grab Bag" during the early 60`s after i went to see Santa,there was a holiday decorated sort of hole that we`d stick our hands into to reach for a gift,i also remember that long hallway where all of the children waited in line. I loved that entire store,especially those stairs,they were so large & we could sit there at the top at times when it wasn`t too busy. The Outlet held almost everything one could shop for & a tiny cafeteria with a check cashing place as well,ahh,those memories we do miss & treasure within the Heart.

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  10. When I was cleaning out my mom's house I found a coloring book of American history that they gave away at "Santa Land" at the Outlet one year.

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