|storytelling||The decor of the department store, its facilities and the many services it offered were aimed at keeping the customer in the shop for as long as possible. The restaurant offered a welcome break to tired shoppers. It had a pleasant atmosphere and service was by stylish, welcoming staff. A waitress walks past quickly, skilfully carrying a tray of steaming food. A service counter contains the condiments, meat and baskets of fruit. In the background you can hear the chatter of the guests and the clatter of the forks.