Heimie’s Haberdashery

We went to St Paul downtown last Friday. As soon as we parked the car, my husband started teaching me a new word “Haberdashery”. I had no idea why suddenly this word became important for me to know until we stopped in the front of Heimie’s Haberdashery store.

Heimie’s Haberdashery

Heimie’s Haberdashery

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a lovely lady. We told her we were just looking around. She asked us if we would like a cup of coffee. “Coffee? This is a clothing store, isn’t it? It should be no drinks allowed!”

She smiled. “We have coffee,” she said.

It is a neat store. They have tailored clothing, handmade leather business, travel and hunt gear, cigars, and hats. It gives me an old time feeling, and reminds me of the British TV show “Are You Being Served?”



We chatted with that lady. She told us Anthony, her nephew, is the current owner. His grandfather emigrated from Russia to U.S. and his father started the store in 1921 (I think it was 1921. Their web site said over 90 years of experience.)

I asked her if I could take a photo of her. She said sure. After taking her picture, I told her about my “Everyone IS Beautiful” project, telling her that my goal was to take 1000 photos.

Her face brightened up. “And I am one of them!” she said.

Later, when I took a picture of Anthony, she said proudly, “Isn’t he handsome?”

Anthony's aunt

Anthony’s aunt



Yeah, that was the 29th and 30th beautiful person I have taken photo of. I was very happy, kept thinking to myself: life is so good when you meet a nice person. 😉


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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36 Responses to Heimie’s Haberdashery

  1. Cool project, and a very interesting store. Thanks for the post.

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  2. loisajay says:

    Oh, Helen–this is so wonderful! Isn’t it amazing how so many people want to be a part of your project? I am so excited! This is great. You know there is a book in this…..

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  3. I think you are bringing out the nice in people!

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  4. I love stores like this and is one reason why I support and shop local business almost always. Nice new additions for your project 🙂

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  5. Amy says:

    30 already! Congrats, Helen! Your project has brought smiles to many people and your WP readers. 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful, encouraging post. These must be bringing you a lot of joy. You go, girl!

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  7. Dalo 2013 says:

    What a great story and a great looking store as well, coffee while looking around ~ I like this place. The backstory with these two portraits is such a good read, it really adds to the photos. Cheers to a great week ahead.

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    You are spreading so much joy around. I love it. Your photos are wonderful as always too!! 🙂

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  9. Sue Slaght says:

    Loving this project of your Helen. What a great store to explore and I think serving coffee sounds fantastic.

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  10. Your project has merit, especially because you have a focus. This store was a good addition to it in order to discover other stars of your project.

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  11. treerabold says:

    What a cool looking store! I want to go there.
    It does appear like an old fashioned store and Anthony looks like a clothing tailor from the past…

    2 more things…
    I love “Are you Being Served” and yes, life is good when we meet nice people! 🙂

    Great photos!

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  12. Sue says:

    You’re never too old, Helen. I think your project would make a wonderful book too.

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  13. restlessjo says:

    It is, Helen 🙂 I don’t quite understand why your husband was teaching you the word ‘haberdashery’ but it’s a great looking store, and another ‘feel good’ post. I’m smiling 🙂

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  14. Adhika says:

    I remember driving past this store many times before. I wish I had stopped by. But, alas.

    Did you buy anything there?

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  15. carol1945 says:

    Helen, I plan to go through your blog one day at a time (it will take awhile) I just happened on this entry randomly, and I love your 1000 photo concept, how you relate to the people you photograph, your actual photos, your heart felt writing—all of it. Then to top it off: Reading other people’s comments on your blog deepens my experience of your blog. Your trip to the haberdashery was just one day, yet it lives on. I love words and had not thought about the word “haberdashery” in a long time. In fact, people do not use words like this anymore. What a breath of fresh air it has been for me this morning to hear it used!!! Carol


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