Did you know that in throughout history there was always somewhere to store your valuables. I came about this thought while I was out and about one day. I was thinking about the past and how people lived, and what came to my mind.. What was it like in the Medieval times.  Using the power of THE INTERNET,  I came about some interesting stuff.
Coat Checks where not always called coat checks. They were also known as cloak rooms, garderobes, entryways, solars; which then spins off into your hall trees, and hat stands. But let’s go big right now! Imagine a castle. Yes, the full deal with the moat and whatever your mind can conger up. The term used in this time was garderobe.. I find this to be kinda funny garder-robe. Robe is also another word for coats.. I can hear it now in some dry humor… can I guard your robe.. ha ha ha. It was a small room or large cupboard, usually adjoining the chamber or solar and providing safe-keeping for valuable clothes and other possessions of price: cloth, jewels, spices, plate and money.
But seriously, According to medieval architecture scholar Frank Bottomley, garderobes were; a place where clothes and other items are stored, and also a medieval toilet. Yes, folks at one point in time the two were combined but it was a Medieval castle and people back then were still figuring stuff out. But what is more ironic is that most coat checks are near the bathroom.
Let’s move on to cloak rooms; A cloakroom, or sometimes coatroom, is a room for people to hang their cloaks. They are typically found inside large buildings.

I guess at some point in US history; The concept of the coat check was initiated by Albert Behar in the New York area shortly after the Depression. Mr. Behar noticed that customers put their coats on the back of their chairs, and offered to store the coats for the customers in a small room adjoining the restaurant. I wonder if Joy Behar from THE VIEW is related to man who initiated coat check in NY.
And this leads us to the modern home.. Entryways.. were adopted from earlier historical concepts and today you’ll find an entryway is a hall that is generally located at the front entrance of a house.  Many houses do not have an entryway; in these the front door leads to a foyer, or directly into the living room or some other room in the house.
So there you have it there was always somewhere to store your valuables from swords, cloaks, to the hello kitty umbrella.

This week’s coat check tip of the week… is about Tipping. I get this question all the time. When should I tip? Before? After? First off, I think the traditional concept for coat check is to tip when you pick up your coat. It’s gratitude for service. “Thanks for taking care of my coat, here is my gratitude in the form of a tip”.  But let’s move away from the traditional. There are those people who tip before which is kind too. Personally, when I work coat check upon checking in your items, I do have about 20-30 seconds extra to complete the whole transaction; so by tipping upfront I see you tipping,  and if your a memorable personality or have a memorable coat I’ll most likely remember you. There is no hardcore rule about tipping.. just remember to exercise good judgement on your experience, and if you had more than a decent time, then by all means TIP that checker. Plus, it’ll get you in that holiday spirit.

I’ll be recommending bands to check out too in this blog.
This week’s music recommendations: Jagwar Ma, and King Krule.
And if you have a pre-teenage girl in your house school up on Kaylin and Myles.  Sheila E. has a new record out that hasn’t even hit the US market’s yet. Check out a sample somewhere online.

That’s it for this weeks blog. Questions, comments, and distribution are available just email.


*Credits to Wikipedia , Bliss69



I have been working in coat check since 2006 in a few live music venues. This blog is something I have meaning to do for a long time. Enjoy!

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