If this photo portrait doesn't make you smile, you are probably a certifiable curmudgeon. A cruise ship photographer cajoled Mr. Albanese into taking some dance steps for the camera, with this happy result. It was later used on invitations to Mr. Albanese's 80th birthday celebration and now hangs prominently in the expanded wing of the store.
The scrapbooks compiled by Donna Albanese on her family and its history as a business and force for good will in the community live on in custom-made showcases on the walls of the seating area. The Albanese family is legendary for its support of city causes and more recently for its advocacy of organ donation.
The showcases hold photos and also numerous news articles about the family and its many contributions to Plainfield, as merchants, mentors to youth and civic leaders. It is nourishing to one's spirit to see what this family has done. Even though I have reported on the Albanese family several times, I was impressed all over again!