As a child I have fond memories of shopping at the downtown Kessler's department store with Momma. She knew the Kessler family and they were always so nice when we came in. Later, when they opened another store in Vestavia, I worked there during my Christmas break from Auburn. It was a shopping experience in those days. Today, I believe that the building on 3rd Avenue North has been converted to loft space, but they have kept the old sign in the window!