Goldsmith's, Memphis, Tennessee



Goldsmith's
Memphis' Greatest Store






J. Goldsmith & Bros. (1870)
125 Main (at Gayoso)
Memphis, Tennessee

525-8681






Downstairs
Goldsmith's Budget Store

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry  Costume Jewelry  Handbags  Gloves  Accessories  Hosiery  Cosmetics  Lamar Lingerie  Lamar Sleepwear  Lamar Foundations  Lamar Shoe Salon  Stationery  Notions  Camera Center  Drugs and Sundries  Record Shop  Candy, Nuts, Gourmet  
Store for Men Men's Furnishings • Men's Sportswear  Men's Shoes  Men's Hats  Men's Clothing  Young Men's 1-2-3 Shop

Second Floor
Casualaire Dresses  Uniforms  Linen Center  Fabric Center  Art Needlework  Luggage  Toys  Sporting Goods
Youth Center Boy's Shop  Girls' Clothing  Girls' Lingerie  Pre-Teen Girls' Wear  Youngland Shoes  Infants Wear  Children's Clothing  Children's Accessories

Fashion Third
Lamar Dresses  Lamar Coats  Maternity Shop  Gayoso Sportswear  Gayoso Dresses  Gayoso Coats  Gayoso Suits  Gayoso Shoe Salon  Gayoso Lingerie  Gayoso Foundations  Gayoso Sleepwear  Robes  Collegienne Dresses  Collegienne Sportswear  Collegienne Coats  The Place  The DeSoto Room  Fur Salon  Wig Boutique  Gayoso Millinery  Beauty Salon

Fourth Floor
Major Appliances  TV-Stereo Center  Sleep Shop  Furniture  Draperies  Rugs  Pictures, Mirrors  Accent Shop  Lamps  Photo Studio

Fifth Floor
Housewares  Housewares Bath Shop  Floor Care Center  Silver Center  China  Crystal  Gift Shop  Artware  Books  Fifth Floor Restaurant  Fountain Room  Personnel Office






Oak Court
1961
Southland Mall
August 23, 1966
(130,000 s.f.)

Raleigh Springs Mall
August, 1971
(168,000 s.f.)






Coming in due course.






25 comments:

  1. I would like to know if your museum or any of your followers (that may be interested in collecting old items that represent history) would like to purchase a very old 1870 wood ruler that represents Goldsmith's 71st Anniversary Sale? You can e-mail me at joynerno@aol.com if interested.

    Thanks

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  2. Our family was told that our grandmother was the first African American female sales woman for Cain Sloan, her name was Julia Allen. Can anyone verify this for, we would like to know if this is true.

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  3. I grew-up shopping at Goldsmith's. It was to Memphis what Marshall Field's was to Chicago -- an icon. My first job was in Gift Wrap, at the Oak Court location, during the holidays. My prom dress came from the Southland Mall location. Wow. Truly great memories. Goldsmith's was the best of the best! Now, ironically, my son works for Macy's -- a Fortune 500 Company. Obviously, good taste passes from one generation to the next!

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  4. Thank you for bringing the wonderful memories of Goldsmith's to life ! We miss the regional traditions that included experiences and restaurants,beauty salons,candy departments,technology departments and more ! We miss the latest & the greatest merchandise,experiences and the sheer fun of shopping. With great regards,we would appreciate if you could tell us about the wonderful full service restaurants in the Oak Court, Southland Mall,Raleigh Springs Mall stores ? We really miss the experiences that were present in these wonderful stores ! Thank you again.

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  5. I worked at Goldsmiths in the early 1980s as a drapery / bedspread asst buyer. Probably the coolest job I ever had. A great boss Paul Murley who taught me industry knowledge as well as habits and behaviors on how to be a good individual. Our office was tucked away on the fourth floor in the downtown store. Above my head in my little cubicle were the bolts and wiring to the Goldsmiths sign that hung on the NE corner of the building. The executive office was next door to us and Mr Goldsmith who was in his 80s would come to work most days and speak to everyone he saw. One of my responsibilties was to check on in coming merchandise. All stock was received downtown and then sent to the branches. This required walking around the receiving rooms connected by a maze of stairs hallways and freight elevators. A lot of memories of fun times and great people

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  6. Where was Temptation Tunnel? Goldsmith's or Lowenstein's!

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    1. I remember a tunnel that went to the parking garage at Goldsmith's downtown. I think it was a pharmacy. I remember the shelves running along the curved tunnel. I was very young at the time mid 1970's, it was really weird.

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  7. I purchased four very cute Christmas mugs from an estate sale today. The seller had lived in Memphis and was telling me about the "Enchanted Forest" they would have every Christmas and how the children would walk through the display and at the end would be given a mug of cocoa in these keepsake mugs. They are dated 1984 through 1987. I will probably be selling them on Ebay if anyone is interested. Maybe you can find some information and pictures of the Enchanted Forest to share with us.

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  8. Wasn’t it Goldsmiths that had Mr Bingle every Christmas on television? He wore an ice cream cone hat I believe.

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    1. That was Lowenstein's, the second biggest department store in Memphis. The Mr. Bingle character originated with Maison Blanche in New Orleans, and the company that owned that store acquired Lowenstein's.

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  9. just bought night gowns from yard sale that still has the price tag on it and they are like new in box but we just found out about goldsmiths and on the top of the price tag it says it came from goldsmiths store.

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  10. I just found a set of skates still new In the original box and receipt attached to the box that was bought in 1990 at goldsmiths

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  11. Once a month Goldsmith's would reduce products and have a great sale. They did it at each store but eventually it was only at the downtown store. What was the sale called?

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  12. We used to go to Goldsmith’s every Saturday when I was a little girl in the early 70s. Pretty sure it was the Oak Court location. We used to eat in the restaurant. I remember getting a grilled cheese and a cup of the BEST vegetable soup. And my parents always got a sandwich that was served on raisin bread. Such fond memories. We moved away in ‘79

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  13. What is the value of the red Goldsmiths Old Memphis plate?

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  14. I have a 1935 Memphis goldsmith's baby own story infant department book

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  15. If somebody knows the wonderful recipe of the Cheesecakes from the Bakery in the Goldsmiths back in the 70's and early 80's, please share. It was a cheesecake like no other ever in this world. It was heavy,..5 inches thick and fluffy. Never have I ever been able to come close to finding one. Please!

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  16. Best memories of my childhood is catching with bus on Saturdays and taking my siblings downtown to walk around and surprise my mom. Mom (Isabel Henson) worked at Goldsmith's downtown as a bookkeeper in the accounting dept for many many years until they closed that store. Mom forbid us inside the store, because if we touched something and broke it, we couldn't afford to pay for it. So, I would send a note to the elevator man and let him know we were outside and he would tell Mom. She would come down for a few minutes to see us and hurry back to her job, she was very dedicated to her job. The first Christmas gift I ever bought and gave Mom when I was a teenager came from Goldsmith's, it was a beautiful silk scarf and I got the clover day sale price. They gift wrapped it for me free when I told them Mom worked there and put a sample of Yves St Laurent perfume in the box so the scarf smelled great!

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  17. Taking my siblings to the Enchanted Forest each year!!!

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  18. Most sentimental memory is when my mom (Isabel Henson) worked at Goldsmith's downtown as a bookkeeper for many many years until the store closed. Mom told me once she worked at store where she couldn't even afford to buy a pair of pantyhose. I never forgot that and didn't understand the relevance until I was a young adult. However, the sentimental memory is of my mom bringing home a white box of donuts every Thursday when she got paid. She would stop by the bakery and get six perfectly glazed huge donuts for all six of us kids. Not until I was grown and old enough to move out, did I understand what that box of donuts meant. I was in the Air Force, thousands of miles away from Memphis, on a military bus going to boot camp, and I thought about my mom and that box of six, yes the number six, it was just six donuts in that box ,,,,, Mom never bought herself a donut. I have never looked at doughnuts the same in my life again. Coincidently, my mom doesn't like doughnuts ,,,,,,, I don't even have enough tears left in me ............. to ask why. For those who don't get this story, it's about a single mother from France, who ended up in Memphis with a Vietnam Veteran who left her alone in an unfamiliar world and city, pregnant with her sixth child, struggled to raise six kids by herself, working in an elegant department store, who caught the bus to work everyday of her life, wore the same shoes and clothes until they fell apart, couldn't afford to shop where she worked and no one ever knew of her circumstance, because she had pride and grace. We have done well and Mom will be 82 soon and we take very very very good care of her. Thank you Goldsmith's for the helping my mom provide a way and for the wonderful memories !!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Most sentimental memory is when my mom (Isabel Henson) worked at Goldsmith's downtown as a bookkeeper for many years until the store closed. My mom would bring home a white box of doughnuts every Thursday when she got paid. She would stop by the bakery and get six perfectly glazed huge doughnuts for all six of us kids. Not until I was grown did I understand what that box of donuts meant. I had just joined the Air Force, hundreds of miles away from Memphis, on a bus going to boot camp, and I thought about my mom and that box of six, yes ,,,,,,,,,,,, six, it was just six doughnuts in that box ,,,,, Mom never bought herself a donut. I have never looked at doughnuts the same in my life again. Coincidently, my mom doesn't like doughnuts ,,,,,,, I can't even make myself ask her why. Mom once told me that she worked at a store, where she couldn't even afford to buy a pair of pantyhose. Maybe that's why she also told me of her interview at Goldsmith's. She didn't even have a pair of pantyhose to wear to the interview, but she needed the job, so her future boss who interviewed her, told her to go downstairs and they gave her a pair of panty hose. I still remember walking to the drug store and buying pantyhose in the eggshell for my mom to wear to work for years. I never forgot my mom telling about the pantyhose and I didn't understand the relevance until I was a young adult. For those who got to the end of this story,,,,,,, it's about a woman from France, who ended up in Memphis with a Vietnam Veteran who left her all alone in a far away country and an unfamiliar culture with absolutely no family, pregnant with her sixth child, then struggled to raise six kids by herself, working in a very nice department store, who caught the bus to work everyday of her life, wore the same shoes and clothes until they fell apart, and couldn't afford to shop where she worked ............................. yet, no one ever knew of her circumstance, because she carried herself with pride, elegance and grace. All six children have done well in life, Mom will be 82 soon and we take very good care of her. We are forever grateful to Goldsmith's for giving Mom a job to provide for a family when fear was all she had. Thanks for all the wonderful memories! Always, Margaret Liz (Henson) Sanders, daughter of a true survivor, my mother, Isabel Henson!

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  20. I'd say, God bless your mom, but I think she has been well and truly blessed. Her story is inspirational. I am glad that you and your siblings respect everything she did for you, and repay that in the care you give her. So many people have sent wonderful stories to this site, but this is one of the greatest.
    -Bruce

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  21. Hello, Can anyone tell me if there was an Old Gayoso Room in downtown Goldsmith's? A friend has asked me to sell her grandmother's tufted rocker for her. She said it came from that room, Circa 1930's. It is beautiful. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

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