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Jacobson's was Birmingham's very own department store in many people's minds, even though it was a large retail chain at its peak. They were partly right, since the Birmingham store was its flagship operation, and in locations like Birmingham, Jake's made every effort to style itself uniquely to its community. During the decades of its dominance before its demise in 2003, Birmingham was lucky enough to see some of the best designers, best quality merchandise, and custom approaches to shoppers' needs and personal attention at Jacobson's. The Jacobson's Before and After display was so popular during 2019 that it has been held over at the museum. We also drew happy crowds of former Birmingham customers to our special presentation given by museum staff Donna Casaceli, "Experience Jacobson's," at the Baldwin Public Library, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Another iconic downtown entity was Peabody's Restaurant. Through two generations, Peabody's invited everyone in Birmingham to be 'part' of their family by stopping in to the friendly restaurant for conversation, to meet with friends or colleagues, or just to look at the historic photos of Birmingham embedded in the tables. The Birmingham Museum was delighted to receive a table and chairs from the restaurant when it closed in 2013, which was placed on display during the Birmingham Before & After Exhibit, and continues to be featured in our lobby to this day. Reminiscing with the owners and customers at Baldwin Public Library during another one of our popular public presentations here.