B. Lodge is old school. Really old school. Albany's oldest store (established in 1867, according to the sign out front) has been on my "to visit" list for years, and last week I finally made it.
What's it like?
In a word -- eclectic.
B. Lodge is a mix of clothing, including underwear and hosiery, for men, women, and kids. It's also assorted bathroom and kitchen linens like shower curtains, sink skirts, and hand towels.
The clothes are pretty inexpensive. A men's shirt and tie set is $14.99, men's pants are $14.99 to $16.99. Oh, and the pants here -- they're still called slacks. Yeah. Women's cable-knit cardigans are $14.99 and swimsuits are $16.99-$29.99. Men's boxers are two for $5 and women's Sabra brand pantyhose are two for $3.
The strength of this place is economy more than style, but there are great deals on some cool stuff if you're willing to browse. It's a mix of brands I've never heard of, some Target and Walmart brands (I even found a $7 women's skirt with New York & Company tags), and some that I haven't seen in ages (Underoos or United Colors of Bennetton, anyone?).
The men's clothes range from business to business casual, like shirt and tie sets and pants. There are also women's business casual clothes, plus jeans and t-shirts for both.
But I think the kids and infants' section is the best. You can get everything from crib sheets to Incredible Hulk Underoos (not as cool as you remember, now it's just a t-shirt with a picture and plain boxers) to Communion dresses to Bennetton tank tops ($2.99) to swimsuits and school uniforms. If you're looking for kids clothes it's well worth the trip. They'll outgrow the stuff soon anyway, so why not get it at a discount?
There's a certain, um, shall we say, "classic" side to Lodge's. If you've ever wanted a housecoat (your pick of housecoats, actually) or those blue slides just like grandma used to wear, this is definitely the place. Need suspenders? Cotton handkerchiefs? A straw handbag? English Leather cologne? This is also the place.
Also kind of bizare -- the hours. B. Lodge is open M-Sat. 8:50 a.m to 5: 25 p.m. No, that's not a misprint. Apparently it's so people can run in before starting work at 9 and employees can catch the 5:30 bus home.
If you're heading there on a weekday and your driving, bring quarters. All the nearby parking is metered.
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