Macy's in the 1970's

Macy’s in the 1970’s


I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and my dad was Bob Appleby.  He was the Manager and Vice President of Macy’s, Union Square.  I grew up in the Golden Age of retail.  I thought I would become a lawyer, but I turned out to be an entrepreneur.  My YogaForce Line has been sold to Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, FAB, Amazon and thousands of stores and spas world-wide.  You can spy my line on TV shows like the Big Bang Theory and on Motion Pictures like Save The Last Dance  and Beautiful.  

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Sign of the times that we all just heard the news that Macy’s in Union Square is going to eventually close.  Covid did a number on all of us.  And foot traffic is down substantially.  It is sad that this iconic store is going away.  This was a party store.  My dad  and that store celebrated cooks like Julia Child, and political figures like Rosalynn Carter and Dianne Feinstein.  Even big sports figures like Willie McCovey and Joe Montana.  They got tons of traffic with Luke and Laura of General Hospital fame. And the cast of the hit show Dynasty also made frequent appearances.  I even got to meet Gloria Vanderbilt, who had a line of jeans and a son named Anderson Cooper of CNN fame.

As Macy’s closes, it is sad for now but it will start a new era.  It is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius so I look forward to what will happen next.


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