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Fields of Pikesville To Close After 120 Years

The owner says a drop off in the number of customers during the past three months has put the family-owned store out of business—for good.

This year, Fields of Pikesville has seen it's final Memorial Day.

And after Labor Day, the store will be no more, said owner and general manager Jeff Levin.

"We've seen a pattern of diminishing sales and a real dropoff the last three months," he told Pikesville Patch Thursday afternoon. There was "insufficient business to stay open."

The store is now selling down its merchandise, Jeff Levin said. Employees were notified Tuesday and customers began hearing about it on Wednesday.

The store has been owned by Levin's family since 1946. Before that, it was run by the Fields family, from the time it opened in 1892.

"Fields has been here for 120 years. We've weathered quite a few things, but we couldn't weather this," he said. "It's not something we voluntarily chose to do."

He and his wife Daniela Levin run the store. Levin's mother, who is 93, is retired, but still comes in to the store.

"We are thankful that we've been allowed to serve the people of Pikesville for as long as we've had," he said. "It's been a good run."

The longtime Pikesville institution began as a soda fountain and pharmacy, but recently it's been known for two things: its cafe and makeup counter.

It opened in 1892 and pharmacist Norman Levin took over in 1946. Today, his son Jeff runs the store, selling everything from greeting cards and gifts to hosiery, but there is no pharmacy.

The spa services include facials and antiaging treatments. The store is also well-known for perfumes and hard-to-find cosmetics.

Jeff Levin wouldn't say how many employees work at Fields.

But he did say that he'll be looking for a job soon. He's not sure, however, where that will be, or what kind of job.

"When the time comes, we will pursue them," he said of his future job prospects.

Store hours are:

Monday—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday—9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday—9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday—9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How do you feel about the store closing? What are your memories of the store?

William Metzner, Sr. August 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
What a shame.
Janet Metzner August 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
This store has served so many people in the Pikesville area who have fond memories from many years ago.
Alan Siegel August 03, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I will never forget the split & grilled hot dogs and great French fries but most of all the chocolate sno-balls. I grew up riding my bike to fields. Whenever I returned to Baltimore from my home in Los Angeles I went to fields. Til the day she passed away, it was my mom's favorite place for lunch. I don't get back to Baltimore very often but I will miss fields. It's like a member of the family has passed.
Amy Hager August 03, 2012 at 01:59 AM
This makes me sad I love the milkshakes. Grew up loving the little treat of getting some stickers and a shake when I was little. Pikesville will not seem the same.
susan Levin August 03, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I know that this is a sad time for my family and especially my mother, brother and sister-in-law. While Fields was a meeting place for several generations of Pikesville residents as children it was our second home . Our parents loved building the business and providing a service to the community. My father was known as "Doc Levin" and was probably the only business man who allowed customers to charge money. At times he would personally deliver prescriptions and other necessities. My beautiful mother, Ruth (Levin )Hollander has been an inspiration to me. She was a creative business woman who had a vision ahead of her times. On her own she convinced top cosmetic executives that their high end products could be sold in a "drugstore". She was right and the cosmetic counter at Fields has been successful for many years. My sister-in-law was able to expand this by providing spa services and treatments. Of course I cannot speak about Field without mentioning the fountain shop. Every patron knows about their crab soup, shrimp salad, the fabulous hot dogs with boloney, great milk shakes and snowballs with or without icecream. Through out the years we have had the good fortune to have loyal employees who have helped our family and Fields be a vital part of a wonderful community. Times are changing, but I know that a store like Fields will be missed! Susan Levin
Virgie L. McQuay August 03, 2012 at 08:31 AM
I've been in this neighborhood for 30 years, and saw "Fields" as a staple. Why, my son even worked there...Everyone came in for their special snow- balls...I fould perfume here that I could not find everywhere else...I am very sorry to hear that Fields is closing it's doors...Virgie McQuay
Janet Metzner August 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
"That is so sad :( we would go there every year on the first day of school to buy supplies and eat grilled cheese sandwich with tomato with my mom and grandma!!" wrote Cheryl, on Pikesville Patch's Facebook page. She also recalls Fields was the first place she knows of that made snowballs with ice cream in the middle.
Bassist1956 August 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
What a shame. I know how it feels, my business was 106. Thanks great american economy and large institutionalized of everything. I am sure they did wrong thing just as I but they are still a calamity of BO the man who believes gov't helps businesses
Cheryl Cohen August 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
This is very sad news. Fields was a Pikesville landmark....everyone that grew up here has fond memories. Needless to say the ladies at the Pikesville Senior Center will be greatly saddened. My mom and her "lady friends" will miss lunching and "shmoozing" over B.L.T's and shrimp salad sandwiches. Fields, you will be gone but never forgotten!
Judy Kramer August 03, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Although I moved away many years ago ,I always stopped at Fieids on my visits back to Baltimore. I had to have a shrimp salad sandwich and a snowball at every visit. As a child my mother and I would visit the lunch counter to pickup my prescription ice cream cone after a doctors visit . My mother would stop by Fields for an afternoon snowball in the summer well into her 80's. I will really miss Fields. Judy Kramer
Marcie Greenberg Lowe August 03, 2012 at 06:34 PM
In my 1960s childhood, there was the ritual of back-to-school clothes shopping at Millison's in the Pikesville Shopping Center across the street followed by lunch with my mom at Field's; in more recent years I occasionally lunched at Field's with my dad while in town to visit him, always finding it jarring how much the place had changed!
Larry Hankin August 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Sorry to hear that Fields is closing. Although I haven't been there in many years, I will always remember the grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes.
Brianne Kreitman August 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
How sad. I remember going there with my mom to buy perfume and always got my chocolate snowball. Although I moved away years ago I also would stop there whenever in town to get my chocolate snowball.
MW August 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
To Dani and Jeff and the whole Levin family I and my husband Mark will miss this store so very much. I love Fields. It was like walking into a time capsule and I felt like it was from a different era... a time where you got excellent customer service and excellent products and great food all at a great price. These are hard economic times indeed and unfortunately the mom and pop shops suffer the most. God bless you and I hope Jeff and Dani turn up somewhere soon so that we can continue our patronage.
MW August 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Yep... BO probably would say to them..."you see that business of yours... you didn't build that..."
Pipa Longstocking August 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I remember trying to buy 5-cent candy when I was a little girl and being ignored by the cashier. I was wearing my little Catholic school uniform from St. Charles School in Pikesville. Wonder if that had anything to do with me being denied service!
Danielle August 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Awww, so much has changed over the years that I've been away from my hometown but Field's was always a constant when I come back to visit. So many memories from childhood to adulthood at Field's. Very sorry to hear this. Good luck to The Levin's
Eydie S. August 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Pikesville is going the way of the dinosaurs......extinction of the small business-asaurus.!
Cheryl Parks-Weidley January 01, 2013 at 04:04 PM
It was a wonderful mix of items and services. I was in there many times for a magazine, make up, last minute gift when I lived near by. The variety of sale items, the range of people in the store and at the lunch counter made it feel cosmopolitan. Thanks for the memories.
DBH May 29, 2013 at 02:07 PM
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.
John Mathew Smith November 18, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I just went by today ( I live out of town now)...and to my suprise it had closed...im very surprised and sad.

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