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Lord's Department Store in Medfield, MA, Brings Back the Feeling of Shopping from Another Era (CLOSED)
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Lords Department Store, Medfield, MA

Article and photos by Eric H.

Sad news: Lord's will be closing on Feb 28, 2013. We have written an article on Lord's Department Store closing, including some personal reflections. Thank-you, Lord's for all those years of running a wonderful business. We appreciate you so much!

If you liked shopping at Woolworth's and other old-fashioned downtown department or "Mom and Pop" stores as a younger person, then you'll love visiting Lord's Department Store in Medfield, MA.


In business for more than 60 years, Lord's is truly a classic, locally-owned place to shop -- a rarity in these days! Lord's actually has a cleaner look than Woolworth's, but much of the same  inventory including  gifts, greeting cards, kitchen goods, toys, clothing, stationary, electronics and... get this -- a real, honest-to-goodness luncheonette called Ruthie's Diner!

The luncheonette features black and white tile flooring, a long counter, rotating stools, nostalgic memorabilia and an old Coca Cola machine. New owner Michelle James runs a spotless, well-run, charming retro dining spot here, paying attention to every detail of what makes a luncheonette innately special. For starters pride of ownership is the best it has been in years as Michelle has everything freshly painted, won't tolerate a spec of dust anywhere, goes the extra mile to make customers feel at home, and is dedicated to making much of her food from scratch.  What a treasured discovery Ruthie's is for breakfast or lunch, whether it be for pancakes, waffles, a burger, a fresh fish sandwich, or ice cream sundae!

Lord's won't offer you the variety that the big-time department stores do, but that's fine with us. We enjoy the friendly, small-town atmosphere, the welcoming staff, the inventory that services us well, and the chance to feel good about shopping in a store that brings us back to a gentler time.

Ruthie's Diner, Medfield, MA

Lord's Department Store
446 Main St
Medfield, MA
Tel. (508) 359-2361


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