Kay Baum - Birmingham MI

Address: Various
City: Birmingham
State: MI
County: Oakland
Number of visits to this page: 2580

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General Information:

This small Detroit-area chain was started by the Kershenbaum family. Its origins go back to 1937 in which they set up a small shop in the Hanna Building in Birmingham. They eventually moved to 166 (or 162 depending on the source) W Maple in 1950. They eventually opened in Grosse Pointe and the store did very well. In 1965, they set up a new store in Detroit at 1550 Woodward Ave in the heart of the old shopping district which by then was already diminishing due to Northland Mall in Southfield among other factors.

The company also opened up under the name "Peck and Peck", notably in East Lansing near yet another Kay Baum outlet. In 1967, they expanded to Ann Arbor on Liberty Street. They also announced a Dearborn outlet at that time. In 1968, they acquired the 3 store H. A. Marks chain of Grand Rapids with the plan of operating them under the Kay Baum name.

The Detroit store expansion didn't pan out and the store was closed in 1977, lasting only 10 years or so. Sadly by 1988 the last 3 stores were closed for good at Birmingham, Grosse Pointe and Oakland Mall in Troy. Through the years 5 Kershenbaum brothers worked at the chain. Meyer, Jack, Belmont, Leonard and Aaron. The concept was offering high fashion items at affordable prices and it worked well for many decades until stiff competition made it impossible to continue.

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Kay Baum - Dec 1977 Closing Of Detroit Store
Dec 1977 Closing Of Detroit Store
Kay Baum - Feb 12 1956 Article
Feb 12 1956 Article
Kay Baum - Feb 1988 Article On Closing
Feb 1988 Article On Closing
Kay Baum - March 1965 Article
March 1965 Article
Kay Baum - March 1967 Article
March 1967 Article
Kay Baum - March 1977 Mention Of Peck And Peck
March 1977 Mention Of Peck And Peck
Kay Baum - November 1968 Acquisition
November 1968 Acquisition
Kay Baum - Old Ad
Old Ad
Kay Baum - Sept 1970 Ad
Sept 1970 Ad
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