Sears and Woolworth. In my neck of the woods, Woolworth transitioned from retail clothing on the first floor and grocery merchandise on the basement to tourist bric-a-brac items in it's last years before closing for good. The store offered real baby chicks & rabbits in assorted colors around Easter. Also baby turtles, goldfish, canaries and parakeets. The sound of brass cash registers, birds chirping and aroma of fresh popcorn and cotton candy, I still can recall. My grandmother had several bamboo cages with the pretty glass containers which she would fill with Hartz bird seed. The smell of birds and newspaper on the bottom of the cages. Whoowee! Sears provided the Levis "shrink-to-fit" blue jeans made in the U.S. My jeans were super long at the bottom and big at the waist. Levi recommended 2 or 3 inches, my folks would add a couple of more inches because I was growing "faster than a speeding bullet"! I remember cars having running boards. My uncle was the only one that allowed me to climb on them when he was pulling into the driveway. The reason I recall cars with running boards from an earlier era was because nobody in the neighborhood could afford new ones except for the rich folks that lived across the railroad tracks.