The Hutzler’s Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution

 

Hutzler’s department store was a Maryland icon for more than a century. Starting as a small dry goods store on Baltimore’s Howard Street in 1858, Hutzler’s grew into a Maryland dynasty that dazzled and delighted for generations. In total, Hutzler’s operated 10 stores in Maryland, including its downtown flagship store known as the “Palace,” and its first expansion store in Towson that opened in 1952. The company closed in 1990.

The family-run business was thoughtful and innovative, instilling pride and affection from patrons and employees alike. Hutzler’s was more than a store. It was an experience.

On December 11, 2019, the Maryland Historical Society is bringing Hutzler’s back to life in a new exhibition, The Hutzler’s Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution. The exhibition recalls what was an all-day experience for customers when they visited Hutzler's, displaying products, ephemera, employee uniforms and handbooks, drawings, video from behind-the-scenes at Hutzler’s, and items from the iconic Towson “Tea Room.” A highlight of the exhibition is a reimagined window display, like the Hutzler’s on Howard Street, which will change with the seasons. 

The Hutzler’s Experience is on view through December 2020.