Friday, October 28, 2016

Neighborhood Fixture: The store that promised Eagle Rock “something out of the ordinary”

Customers to The Best Flowers in Eagle Rock enter the Colorado Boulevard storefront by walking across a colorful terrazzo floor with the word “Kilty’s” stamped in bold lettering. Who or what was Kilty’s?  The answer comes courtesy of Eagle Rock historian Eric Warren and the archives of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society. “Kilty’s was a fabric and notions store, which was in Eagle Rock for many Years at several locations,” said Warren via email.

A March 1935 newspaper clipping heralds the opening of J.D. Kilty’s new store at 2150 Colorado Boulevard near Eagle Rock Boulevard and a “final wind-up sale” at the old store:

Remodeling for the new store is virtually completed, only finishing touches and installing of fixture remain. The store will be particularly attractive in arrangement and appointments, with everything new throughout. Mr. Kilty, in the arrangement, has adopted the latest plans for shops, and says “We will give Eagle rock something out of the ordinary.”

A photo apparently from the same issue shows off an exterior photo of Kilty’s and that terrazzo floor sign.

Photo Courtesy Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society

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