A NIGHT AT GEORGES
Reader's Feast Bookstore
Business, Collins Street History
For over one hundred years, the Georges department store on Collins Street was THE place to shop and be seen in Melbourne. It was a beacon of style and service shining on the retail landscape of the city. The original George brothers and their descendants had a very simple, but profound motto that underscored everything they did: “what we do, we do well”.
When Reader’s Feast Bookstore took up residence in the Georges building in December 2011 it was clear that style and service and the spirit of the Georges motto had returned. But this has turned out to be much more than an historical reference to a time gone by. It lives on to this very day through the reminiscences and memories of people who worked, shopped, and browsed in Georges.
Mary Dalmau, owner and manager of Reader’s Feast Bookstore, has been overwhelmed by the constant stream of people visiting her business in the Georges building and talking of their ‘connection’ with the former department store. So much so that she has earmarked Wednesday 8th May for “A Night at Georges”. Champagne and finger food will be served, a quartet will play, and people will have the opportunity to share stories and memorabilia.
Of “A Night at Georges”, Mary Dalmau said: “I have my own memories of my mother and grandmother ‘window-shopping’ in the glove department of Georges, never imagining we would locate our bookstore in this lovely building. I am fascinated by the warm feeling Melburnians have towards the old Georges store, not least because it comes from people of all ages and all socio-economic backgrounds. To have the chance to hear their stories of Georges is our nod to living history”.
, Collins Street History