We've published dozens of memories of Woodies. Here are some from and about people who worked there.
In the summer of 1945, when I was 15, I got a job at Woodies at 11th and F. In those days, Woodies was "the" department store and very conscious of its status. All the staff wore black and white, no colors to distract the customers.
As I did not deal with the public because I was working in the payroll department on the top floor, I could wear my proper school clothes to work, but my mother had to make a neutral colored smock for me to wear on my way to work inside the building. I had to be suitably drab on the off chance that a customer might see me as I entered by the rear door and took the employee's elevator!
Woodies's staff was so nice to me, and I was happy to earn my salary of $25 for a 40 hour week. I was entitled to eat in the employees' cafeteria, but I sometimes went across the street to the Peoples Drug Store and ate at their lunch counter, just for a change.