Gone are the miles of ribbon that Wellesley girls used to buy to tie their hair into ponytails, the white cotton gloves they wore to dances. Today, E.A. Davis, the oldest store in town, bursts with the bright Palm Beach styles of Lilly Pulitzer, and the dresses are ready-made. But while the Wellesley Center department store may be a bit more colorful than it was when it opened as a dry-goods store in 1904, it still carries essentials popular for generations.
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