Lackawanna County Seeks Globe Store Memorabilia For Government Center Display
SCRANTON — A pair of ladies hats purchased decades ago from the Globe store on Wyoming Avenue were returned in original boxes to the store Friday.
A refund wasn’t requested. Instead, the items are potentially the first pieces of a permanent display to be housed on the first floor of the Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe — an homage to both the landmark building’s prior use and the former Scranton retail hub’s lasting significance in the minds of city shoppers who patronized it.
Officials are asking the public to help stock the display by donating Globe store memorabilia and merchandise to the county. Those items must be accompanied by a Globe store box, bag or other form of identifying packaging or feature bearing the Globe name. A label listing the name of the person or family who donated each item will be included in the display.
“We want (the 214,000 county residents) to think of this as their building, just like it was when it was the Globe store,” Commissioner Patrick O’Malley said Friday upon announcing the project. “There’s a love affair between the community and this building, and this is one way to keep it alive.”
Residents nostalgic for the days of the Globe store have a lot to look forward to, as commissioners on Wednesday announced the return of the Charl-Mont restaurant to the building and began the process of finding an operator to run it. As it did in the past, the restaurant will occupy the building’s first floor, giving diners the chance to check out the Globe memorabilia display when they finish their meals.
Officials plan to install several cases in a first-floor community space that entities like the Lackawanna Historical Society and Everhart Museum can use for displays, county Chief of Staff Donald Frederickson said. The space will be equipped to host community receptions and other functions, he said.
Residents wishing to donate Globe store materials should call the county at 570-963-6800 and arrange a time to drop off items.
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