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When Shopping Was Fancy

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Los Angeles magazine's Chic Leak blog gives a shout-out to Richard Longstreth's new book, The American Department Store Transformed 1920-1960. Young LA, with its numerous and opulent shopping palaces (pictured: downtown's Robinsons store), features prominently in the book, which "traces the development and evolution of department stores from local, urban institutions to suburban entities," according to the publisher. Where once tea and crumpets ruled, department store discussion in modern LA now revolves a certain bulls-eye themed store. [Los Angeles]