Lifestyles Report…Meet me under Kaufmann’s clock

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DEBBIE NORRELL

 

If you know Pittsburgh, you know where Kaufmann’s clock is. If you are a baby boomer and a native to the Steel City there is a great chance that you had someone meet you under Kaufmann’s clock. It was a popular meeting place in downtown Pittsburgh.

That beautiful gold clock that loomed over the corner of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street was the spot where people met for lunch, for a ride home or to go on a Downtown shopping spree.

Kaufmann’s is no more but the clock remains. There are Christmas cards that feature the clock, paintings and photographs, and on May 17 and 18 there will be big celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the clock. Macy’s is honoring a century’s worth of memories under the Kaufmann’s Clock at Macy’s downtown Pittsburgh, a piece of Pittsburgh history, with the  two-day event.

Customers will enjoy American street fair activities, carnival games, cooking demonstrations and a special gift card giveaway. Customers will also be able visit the Clock Shop where they can purchase special limited-edition clock-inspired merchandise including mugs, magnets, ornaments, note cards and more with art designed by local artist Linda Barnicott. Wow! How cool is that.

One of my favorite memories of Kaufmann’s was lunch at the Tic Toc Restaurant and the famous Kaufmann’s bakery.  

On May 17, 9:45 a.m.—Meet Mr. McFeely of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” under the clock as he reads the city proclamation de­clar­ing May 17, 2013 as “Meet Me Under The Clock Day.”

10 a.m.—Be one of the first 100 customers in the doors on Fifth Avenue near Smithfield Street and receive a $10 Macy’s gift card.
Noon—Enjoy a demonstration of how to make the iconic Thumbprint Cookie as well as the delicious frosting.

On May 18, be one of the first 100 customers in the doors on Fifth Avenue near Smithfield Street and receive a $10 Macy’s gift card. One lucky customer will receive a $100 Macy’s gift card. Meet friends for a bite to eat as prices are rolled back to the olden days on some customer favorites: the Thumb­print Cookie at the Arcade Bakery and the Tea Plate at the Tic Toc Restaurant.

10 a.m.—Meet Mr. McFeely of “Mister Rogers’Neighborhood”

Noon to 4 p.m.—American Street Fair—Enjoy an American themed street fair on Smithfield Street including carnival games, face painting, balloon art, fun activities, prizes with Radio Disney and more.
Macy’s is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the clock with special limited edition clock merchandise, created by Linda Barnicott, who will be on hand beginning at noon to sign purchases.

12:30 p.m.—Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Tom Douglas will be presenting a special American style cooking demonstration.

2 p.m.—Dance Expressions by Erica

2:30 p.m.—Harlem Globetrotters Appearance and Autograph Signing—Last, but most certainly not least, get a front row seat as the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in town to showcase their basketball talents and tricks. Bring a camera, as they will be signing autographs on the main floor inside the store following their show. Meet me under Kaufman’s clock!

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