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Tailgating season and the Mary Sachs ladies shop

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Sep 5, 2018 4:46 AM
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Mary Sachs' store interior, 1932 / Photo courtesy of Jeb Stuart

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, September 5, 2018:

The hot summer weather may not elicit thoughts of autumn tailgating and indoor cooking, but the transition into fall is here and with that, different cooking styles and recipes.  Cooking moves inside in the fall and as the traditional grilling season winds down. Some of the foods we cook and how we cook them are changing, too. Tailgating, for example, is about make-ahead grilling options and delicious desserts prepared without a kitchen at hand, so the recipes must be easy and transportable.

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Bacon blondies and bacon toffee

Appearing on Wednesday's Smart Talk is Chef Donna Desfor, host of WITF Cooks and founder of There's a Chef in My Kitchen, to talk about seasonal cooking and tailgating. Desfor and Now That's A Mouthful co-host Cherie Krause are in the studio.

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Cherie Krause and Donna Desfor

Also, on Smart Talk, we look back in history at the woman who was called Harrisburg's most successful entrepreneur of the 20th Century.  Mary Sachs opened her "ladies shop" in downtown Harrisburg in 1918.  At the time, it was a one-of-a-kind retail clothing store for women, giving ladies access to New York City fashions.

According to the Historic Harrisburg Association, Mary Sachs was said to have impeccable taste and a strong business acumen. Her store remained a vital part of the downtown Harrisburg retail landscape for more than 60 years before it was purchased by Hess's Inc. of Allentown and eventually closed.

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Mary Sachs with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt / Photo courtesy of Jeb Stuart

Mary Sachs died in 1960, but a charitable trust in her name continues to provide scholarships for young women entering the fields of fashion and merchandising.  The centennial recognition of the Mary Sachs store opening is scheduled on Thursday, from noon to 1pm at the Mary Sachs Building, 208 North Third Street, Harrisburg.

Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss Mary Sachs's legacy is historian Jeb Stuart, Paul Hoch and Bill Greenberg, grand nephews and trustees of the Mary Sachs Trust and David Morrison, executive director of Historic Harrisburg.

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Paul Hoch, David Morrison and Jeb Stuart (Bill Greenberg is on the phone)

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