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Wellesley’s oldest store never goes out of style

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, and the dress shields they slipped on underneath their party frocks. 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, not patterns and fabric.

But while the 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: finely tailored Pendleton wool, Geiger jackets from Austria trimmed with fur, Barbour wax-finished coats to keep out any kind of weather.

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