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Blossom Shop Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3695

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a card describing an exhibit on March 14th of an unknown year. The exhibit features treasures from the Orient and was directed by Miss Vashti B. Kaye of Seattle.


  • Creation: Card announces exhibit on March 14 of an unknown year. It is known that the shop existed from 1909-1932.


Biographical / Historical

The Blossom Shop was on 303 South Burdick Street in Kalamazoo Michigan. The Blossom shop was owned by Alice Blossom. She and her husband acquired it in 1909, and her name is the name listed under the Blossom Shop in various directories. The Blossom Shop was primarily a millinery, which is to say the shop sold hats and other clothing and accessories. Likely the customers were mainly women. Many millinery’s of the era were owned and run by women. The location appears to have moved later on, and in the 1932 directory it has changed both locations and function; Alice Blossom is listed as a seller of “goods from China.” By 1935 the Alice Blossom no longer appears affiliated with any business. She died in 1936.


1 Sheets ; 6" x 4"

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Physical Description

This collection is stored in one folder and is .05 cubic feet and contains a card. The card is approximately 6” x 4”.

The card is in good condition. The front of the card has no stains, damage, or wear. The card appears to have been glued to something however as there is some paper or cardboard stuck to the back of the card. However, there is no information contained on the back of the card.


This collection is composed of a card from the Blossom Shop. The collection was acquired through the Starring Endowment


The Blossom Shop should not be confused with The Blossom Shoppe, a business which sold flowers and funeral arrangements. This business was contemporary with the Blossom Shop and outlasted it by a considerable amount of time.

Blossom Shop Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490