Remembering Christmastime at the Old Eastpoint Shopping Center

An oldie but goodie from the Baltimore Or Less Christmas archives. Happy Holidays!

When penguins, monkeys, x-ray shoe measurements and Santa Claus in the basement made for a memorable Christmastime adventure

By Mark Birkelien (Dundalk Patch, 12/18/2010)

HESS MONKEY TOWN print by Charlene Clark

There was a time when the local, tired, poor huddled masses gathered together outside in frigid weather and took simple pleasure in watching penguins swim and play.

I’m talking about the Eastpoint Shopping Center before it succumbed to early 1970s modernism and was converted to the enclosed Eastpoint Mall we know today.

This was the old, outdoor Eastpoint Shopping Center that was anchored on one end by Hutzler’s and on the other by Hochschild-Kohn, each founded in Baltimore, in 1858 and 1897, respectively.

Eastpoint Shopping Center, Baltimore County Legacy Web, Photo by Blakeslee-Lane Studio, 1960

When I was a kid a trip to Eastpoint was a real event, not only at Christmas, but any time.

Penguins were on year-round display in a corner window at Hochschild’s, and real-life monkeys could be found gallivanting around at the Hess Shoe Store.

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A little further down Eastern Boulevard, in Essex, Eastern Pet shop owner Herman Panowitz shows off Magilla the chimpanzee at a young age in the mid to late 60’s.

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