Share your favorite downtown St. Paul Dayton's/Marshall Fields/Macy's memory

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  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 4:45 PM

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alanam8Jan. 2, 13 6:23 PM

Yeah, that's what I figured: no comments. And that's why it's no great loss that this store is leaving. Even when it was Dayton's, St Paulites really didn't bother to go there. Now, with online retail, this is even more dead. I suspect we'll see condos on that site before the end of the decade.

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jload027Jan. 2, 13 6:26 PM

Well, I really loathe Macy's now, seeing what they decided to do, so I will just remember fondly the good times I had at DAYTON's, including shopping with my Grandma Ann whenever she came into town from CA, including eating at the River Room. Just took my 5 year old son there last month for the first time so I could continue the tradition - now I'm really glad I did!

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clayton60Jan. 2, 13 6:47 PM

When my mom was confined to a wheelchair and I was working 7-4 every day, Mom would always beg me to take her to Dayton's (macy's) to have dinner in the River room. I think she really wanted to enjoy their delicious, huge scrumptious popovers. All I wanted to do was go home, have dinner and relax. Back in the 80's I was much faster moving, pushing that wheelchair as fast as I could just so my Mom could have a great dinner with her favorite daugter at her favorite place to dine!! We (I) will miss it!

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lejohnsonJan. 2, 13 8:39 PM

Dayton's was a player (but not the current governor), but Macy's was great to walk through on the way to Park Square Theater because there was no one there. We will miss the parking.

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mcschaJan. 2, 13 8:45 PM

Will not miss Macy's. STILL miss Dayton's. Service and selection was always the top of the line. Truly miss the Oval Room, especially as now I am at a point in my life where I can afford it and could use it. Isn't there someone from this current generation that would like to revive the name brand and store???

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quizzyJan. 2, 13 8:53 PM

I loved Dayton's! My friends and I would take the bus downtown every Saturday during the school year, go to the library to do our homework, then go shopping at Dayton's. The River Room was the first place I ever went with my friends that was a real sit-down restaurant. We thought we were so grown up going there. I'll always miss Dayton's. I'll never miss Macy's.

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cassell40Jan. 2, 13 9:13 PM

Like many "old timers" I miss Dayton's in St. Paul and else where in the Twin Cities. Macy's was not part of our heritage.

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jessy03Jan. 2, 1310:16 PM

It was a pretty impressive store back in the days when it was 5 floors. I remember walking through the furniture floor during the workday as kind of a getaway from the grind. My favorite memory though was the River Room and a popover slathered with whipped butter! You can't get that on the Internet...

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amfo72Jan. 2, 1310:17 PM

@mcscha-Perhaps I'm too old to be considered part of the current generation, I just turned 40. However, I miss Dayton's, too, it was "our store". My mom was a long-time employee, and I worked there part-time during college. We didn't go to the downtown St. Paul store very often, but when we did, the River Room (as several have already mentioned) was the highlight.

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sunshine59Jan. 2, 1310:28 PM

Back in the 70's the downstairs was sale and clearance items. River room was a destination lunch in dresses with white gloves and Sunday shoes. Upstairs we tried on many a dress, teen section had choices for us little girls. Parking at the store rarely happened as we rode the bus "downtown". Great memories in a great place.

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