All Press Releases for September 27, 2018

History Associates Celebrates the History of Shopping

History Associates provided insights into the history of shopping for a Gwynnie Bee documentary, unveiled at a special media event in Times Square, New York.

"When you look at the history of retail, you'll see that how we shop has been constantly reinvented by novel ideas." - Laura Starr, History Associates

    ROCKVILLE, MD, September 27, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- History Associates' Laura Starr was on hand at an exclusive press event hosted by Gwynnie Bee, the apparel subscription rental service. Located in the heart of Times Square, the event celebrated the future of shopping by commemorating its history. Celebrity guest, Jay Manuel of America's Next Top Model attended, along with editors, writers, and influencers from across the fashion industry.

Gwynnie Bee separates the experience of fashion from the expense. Women join for a monthly fee and have access to an unlimited wardrobe. They can put items directly into their virtual closet and wear and return pieces as frequently as they would like throughout the month. "Gwynnie Bee is an innovator in the retail space," noted Ms. Starr. "And when you look at the history of retail, you'll see that how we shop has been constantly reinvented by novel ideas."

For example, self-serve shopping was unheard of one hundred years ago – customers gave their orders to a store clerk – until Clarence Saunders opened the first "Piggly Wiggly" grocery in 1916. Seventy years ago, suburbanites had to drive to multiple downtown businesses to shop, until designer Victor Gruen created the first fully-enclosed shopping mall in 1952. And thirty years ago, you had to leave the house to do most of your shopping, until Daniel Kohn and his company, Net Market, created the technology to make the first online purchase possible – when Phil Brandenberger bought "Ten Summoners' Tales" by Sting on CD on August 11, 1994.

To help Gwynnie Bee tell the story of the history of shopping, History Associates researched primary and secondary sources, collecting compelling stories and headlines from the Library of Congress and other major repositories. Gwynnie Bee used the resulting report and print media to develop a documentary and an online timeline. Ms. Starr is featured in the documentary, offering authoritative vignettes on the history of shopping.

As a featured guest at the event, Ms. Starr provided insights into the documentary. Attendees mingled among displayed news headlines that History Associates collected which chronicled the evolution of retail. The event capped off with a special screening of a documentary on the history of shopping, followed by a presentation and comments by Jay Manuel. The exclusive event was held on September 25 at the WeWork Space in Times Square, New York. View the documentary online at

About History Associates
For more than thirty-five years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated the value of history in the marketplace. They provide professional exhibit content, interpretive planning, organizational histories, historical research, archival services, and collections management to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

# # #

Contact Information

Anne Strong
History Associates Incorporated
Rockville, Maryland
United States
Voice: 301-279-9697
E-Mail: Email Us Here
Website: Visit Our Website
Blog: Visit Our Blog
Follow Us:


Gwynnie Bee explores the evolution of shopping in this new documentary featuring Stacy London, Jay Manuel, and Colleen Heidemann, with historical perspectives by Laura Starr.