The notion of the five-day workweek was introduced in the early 20th century in New England, as a way for Jewish workers to observe the Sabbath. This idea slowly spread to factories across the nation—mainly due to union demands. Department stores were also gaining popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s and, once the 40-hour workweek became standard, more and more people began to spend their newly established weekends shopping in the city.
As weekend and holiday shopping became a popular pastime, big department stores began to construct window displays with the intent of luring shoppers inside. These creative and festive displays originally introduced the notion of “window shopping.”
Some of my favorite memories as a child were Saturdays with my grandparents and cousins on trips “to town,” window shopping, strolling the sidewalks, lunch at Trowbridge’s Ice Cream Bar, and catching up with friends and neighbors. When we began talking about a Saturday opening and lunch at The Factory, these childhood Saturday memories came to mind.
After a successful year of weekday commerce (our one year anniversary was November 18th), The Factory Store and Café are now open for business each Saturday. My daughter Maggie, who doesn’t yet know what it means to “work”, is excited to have the chance to help in the café. We are grateful to our staff who have rearranged their schedules to allow for Saturday opening, and to all of our guests who made a visit last Saturday. Please join us for brunch each and every Saturday for an ever-changing and evolving menu.
Thank you to everyone who made this first year a roaring success. We are grateful for each and every visit and hope to see you again soon.
The Factory Store
9:00am – 5:00pm Weekdays
10:00am – 4:00pm Saturdays
The Factory Café
11:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Saturday