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In honor of the holiday season, what are some department stores that you used to go to, that no longer exist?

Does anyone remember Orbach's or Gimble's?

by Anonymousreply 25201/16/2017

Bamberger's Two Guys Korvettes Chubby & Tubby's

by Anonymousreply 111/21/2010

Korvette's sounds familiar. Was that in DC?

by Anonymousreply 211/21/2010

Filene's in downtown Boston. It is now literally a hole in the ground.

by Anonymousreply 311/21/2010

Dayton Hudson; Marshall Field's

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Ben Snyder


by Anonymousreply 511/21/2010

'Marshall Field', 'Carson Pirie Scott' and 'Peterson, Harned and Von Maur'

by Anonymousreply 611/21/2010

Higbees in Cleveland. Anyone else go there? The Santa Clause scene in A Christmas Story is set in the Higbees downtown.

by Anonymousreply 711/21/2010

Stix, Baer and Fuller%0D %0D Famous Barr%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 811/21/2010

Grants and Bradlees

by Anonymousreply 911/21/2010

Woolworth. Yes, I'm ancient.

by Anonymousreply 1011/21/2010

I. Magnin%0D %0D Frederick & Nelson (home of Frangos mints!)

by Anonymousreply 1111/21/2010

Eaton's%0D %0D Simpson's

by Anonymousreply 1211/21/2010

Montgomery Ward

by Anonymousreply 1311/21/2010

Eatons & Simpsons in Toronto (& across Canada too)

by Anonymousreply 1411/21/2010

Marshall Field's window display in Chicago used to be amazing. damn you macys.

by Anonymousreply 1511/21/2010

Yes I remember Orbach's OP.

We had one in the mall in my city, and there was also one on Wilshire Blvd in the "Miracle Mile" area of LA.

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Buffums Bullocks Webb's

by Anonymousreply 1811/21/2010

B. Altman

by Anonymousreply 1911/21/2010

Emporium-Capwell City of Paris

by Anonymousreply 2011/21/2010

Fuck Federated! Fuck Macy's!

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by Anonymousreply 2211/21/2010

We have a VonMaur in our mall.%0D %0D I remember Woolworth too. They had a "lunch counter" where I would sit and drink a Dr. Pepper while my mom shopped.

by Anonymousreply 2311/21/2010

John Wanamaker's (Center City Philly where they filmed Mannequin)%0D %0D Strawbridge & Clothier%0D %0D Gimbels%0D %0D Abraham & Straus%0D %0D Bamberger's%0D

by Anonymousreply 2411/21/2010

Hechts%0D The Bon March%C3%A9

by Anonymousreply 2511/21/2010

R23, your mom left you unattended while she shopped?

by Anonymousreply 2611/21/2010

This is kind of stupid.%0D Most department stores from years ago were local and varied from town to town.%0D Most people wouldn't know of them unless they lived where that store closed. %0D I'm unfamiliar with most of the stores mentioned here.

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by Anonymousreply 2811/21/2010

R23's Mom wasn't a helicopter parent.

by Anonymousreply 2911/21/2010

Parents didn't need to be helicopters back then.

by Anonymousreply 3011/21/2010

Filene's in downtown Boston had one of the "busiest" men's room ever. I think it was on the sixth floor.%0D %0D [quote]Hechts The Bon March%0D %0D Do you mean The Bon Ton? Hechts and The Bon Ton used to be in Central PA.%0D

by Anonymousreply 3111/21/2010

Grants%0D %0D Gilchrists%0D %0D Touraines%0D %0D Bradlees

by Anonymousreply 3211/21/2010

Two great old Atlanta stores. Rich's, eventually taken over by the demon Federated. Rich's was a store where you could take anything back for an exchange no matter where you bought it. They asked no questions. Davisons, bought by Macy's long ago but continued to operate as Davisons until they changed the name over to Macy's in the mid 80's. The downtown Atlanta store eventually closed but thank God the beautiful building is still there.

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by Anonymousreply 3411/21/2010

Jordan Marsh (sigh) God Bless their blueberry muffins!

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by Anonymousreply 3611/21/2010

[quote]. Most people wouldn't know of them unless they lived where that store closed. I'm unfamiliar with most of the stores mentioned here.%0D %0D %0D I've heard of most of them. I've lived a number of places, talked to people who've lived in even more I hope you're young.%0D %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3711/21/2010

It's amazing how universally despised Macy's is. They seem to have destroyed downtown shopping districts in most US cities.

by Anonymousreply 3811/21/2010

Phoebe Goldberg's

by Anonymousreply 3911/21/2010

Miller and Rhoads

by Anonymousreply 4011/21/2010

Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies)%0D %0D Garfinkles%0D %0D Hecht's%0D %0D The real Lord and Taylor

by Anonymousreply 4111/21/2010

I still remember going into a Lechmere store in Atlanta not long after it had opened. It was packed with people but the strange thing was they they were all just looking at things. The checkout lanes were empty. I said to myself that same night, "this place won't be open long".

by Anonymousreply 4211/21/2010

Franklin Simon

by Anonymousreply 4311/21/2010

B Altman on 34th and 5th

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by Anonymousreply 4511/21/2010

Hess's Dept. Store in Allentown, PA. They had a puppet show in one of the windows each Christmas called Pip the Mouse and it was about him helping Santa deliver presents. It was fun to stand outside with hot chocolate and watch the show. They also had an amazing toy department along with a beautifully designed floor with marble floors and chandeliers.

Also miss Leh's & Zollingers

by Anonymousreply 4611/21/2010

R 36, I miss Lazarus, too!! And L.S. Ayres....Macy's took them over and the quality and choice dropped dramatically.

by Anonymousreply 4711/21/2010


Miller & Rhodes

by Anonymousreply 4811/21/2010

R23 is correct. Totally different era, we (as children) could be totally left alone without concern (I grew up in the Midwest).%0D For R30...we have a 'Von Maur' too in our mall. However, I grew up in the Quad Cities (IL,IA) and 'Von Maur' was not its own entity until late 80s, early 90s. They were known as 'Peterson, Harned and Von Maur'; the flagship store was located on Second Street, between Brady and Harrison, in Davenport, Iowa. While I was in college, the Peterson family bailed and the store changed names. %0D I loooved the "Women's Lounge"! You could "freshen your makeup", smoke endless cigarettes and lounge on the chaise. It was like a scene out of "The Women"; damn life was good then.

by Anonymousreply 4911/21/2010

Best & Co.

Bonwit Teller

by Anonymousreply 5011/21/2010

Bon Ton's is still here. But The Broadway and Langstrom's are gone.

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New Orleans - so many.%0D %0D Godchaux's%0D %0D Woolworth's%0D %0D Holmes%0D %0D Maison Blanche%0D %0D Gus Meyer's (not the ones in Alabama)%0D %0D K&B which was a drug store that eveyone shopped at on Christmas Eve.

by Anonymousreply 5311/21/2010

I miss McAlpin's (now Macy's) and Lazarus (now Dillard's). Both were vastly superior to their replacements.

by Anonymousreply 5411/21/2010

S. Klein and this time a year the near by Automat would have their famous pumpkin pie, to this day the best pumpkin pie ever.%0D %0D Abraham & Straus %E2%80%93 the downtown Brooklyn NY one%0D %0D Gimbels %0D %0D Orbachs%0D %0D B. Altman's %0D %0D John's Bargain Store on 14th Street (NYC) %E2%80%93 they had the best 10 cent Spaldeen balls (those high bouncing pink rubber balls that were great for playing stick ball in the gutters of NY and for playing "Point" against buildings.%0D

by Anonymousreply 5511/21/2010

Kings%0D Ames%0D Bradlees%0D Zayres%0D Woolco%0D Mammoth Mart%0D %0D One would close - the next one would move in...

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Anyone remember Mr. Jingaling, Keeper of the Keys?

by Anonymousreply 5811/21/2010

Lazarus (central Ohio)%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5911/21/2010

Meier and Frank in Portland, OR.%0D %0D Bought by Macy's many years ago, but didn't actually become one until about 2006.

by Anonymousreply 6011/21/2010

Korvette's(Herald Square)%0D %0D Stein's(East 14th Street)%0D %0D Alexander's(59th & Lex)%0D %0D Gimbel's(Herald Square)%0D %0D %0D All in NYC

by Anonymousreply 6111/21/2010

Meyer Brothers, Paterson, NJ

by Anonymousreply 6211/21/2010

Franklin Simon

by Anonymousreply 6311/21/2010

New Orleans had Krauss, which straddled the line between D.H. Holmes (posh) and Woolworth's/McCrory's (dime stores). Krauss lasted until the late 1990s and never, ever updated. To the day it closed, the clerks still put money in pneumatic tubes (which ran all over the store), which ran to a central cashier.

by Anonymousreply 6411/21/2010

Federal Department Store

by Anonymousreply 6511/21/2010

Dunn's - Daytona Beach - their Christmas windows were fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 6611/21/2010

Robert Hall (this season will show you the reason - LOW OVERHEAD!LOW OVERHEAD!)

by Anonymousreply 6711/21/2010

R34,%0D %0D Are you from San Bernardino????? White Front was the worst store--literally, you would drive by on the freeway and passing White Front, we'd all go "eeewww!" and roll the windows up! I think it was built on top a sewer!

by Anonymousreply 6811/21/2010

Hughes & Hatcher

by Anonymousreply 6911/21/2010

r26, the other posters were correct about parents not having to be that close to their kids back then. Like r49 I grew up in the midwest, and things were just different. The lady that worked at the counter would watch me and any other kids sitting there but it wasn't a big deal. Plus the store wasn't all that huge.

by Anonymousreply 7011/21/2010

Peter Palmer's%0D %0D Groovy Fashions

by Anonymousreply 7111/21/2010

When I first arrived in suburban New Rochelle Main St boasted a W. T. Grant, Woolworths and Arnold Constable.

by Anonymousreply 7211/21/2010

@ R55 - you just brought me back to my childhood in da Bronx! Used the rectory garage door for Johnny On The Pony. John's Bargain Store was on West Fordham Road then. I also miss Sterns.

by Anonymousreply 7311/21/2010

I don't understand. The Macy's now is different than it used to be?

by Anonymousreply 7411/21/2010

I remember very fondly going shopping at Woolworth's for Christmas and holiday decorations.

From growing up in NY:

B. Altman

Best & Co.

Abraham & Strauss

S. Klein on the Square

And from DC:





Maas Brothers


Weil's (in Goldsboro, NC)

by Anonymousreply 7511/21/2010

Zody's.%0D %0D I remember Debbie Reynolds was a TV spokesperson and I was thinking, even as a kid, that she didn't really shop in that cheap store!%0D %0D And someone mentioned WhiteFront.I forgot all about that place. Thanks for the memory jog!

by Anonymousreply 7611/21/2010

There's a Von Maur at the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, Illinois (But that mall is dying a slow death. Lots of competition from places like Algonquin Mills.)

There's still Lord and Taylor at the Woodfield Mall outside Chicago, I think?

I remember shopping at Lazarus in Lexington, Kentucky, and Dillard's.

There's a store in the south called Belks, extensive men's clothing and a lot of discounted kitchenware.

by Anonymousreply 7711/21/2010

My mom remembers when high fashion "Barney's" was a single store on 17th St. called "Barney's Boy Town". They had catchy radio jingles and advertised clothes for "husky boys". They don't solicit husky boys these days.

by Anonymousreply 7811/21/2010

In LA:%0D %0D Bullocks%0D %0D Bullocks Wilshire%0D %0D I. Magnin%0D %0D Joseph Magnin%0D %0D May Co.%0D %0D Robinson's%0D %0D FedCo

by Anonymousreply 7911/21/2010

Kresges%0D %0D Weiboldts%0D %0D Marshall Fields

by Anonymousreply 8011/21/2010

John Wanamaker%0D Strawbridge & Clothier%0D Gimbel Brothers%0D Lit Brothers

by Anonymousreply 8111/21/2010

Some of these stores didn%E2%80%99t have anything special enough to merit their survival (Bradlee%E2%80%99s, Korvette%E2%80%99s, Montgomery Ward, Abraham & Straus, Alexander's), and Bamberger%E2%80%99s was merely Macy%E2%80%99s with a different name. Others were really distinctive, however, and it%E2%80%99s a shame that they disappeared, even as places like Belk and Dillard%E2%80%99s hang on:

-- I remember B. Altman as being similar to Lord & Taylor %E2%80%93 genteel and a bit upscale, a class act.

-- Garfinkel%E2%80%99s was the Neiman%E2%80%99s of Washington %E2%80%93 it%E2%80%99s surprising it didn%E2%80%99t survive even though the D.C. area became more affluent.

-- Strawbridge%E2%80%99s in Philadelphia was a family-run store until the very end, and the personal touch really did make for a different shopping experience than Wanamaker%E2%80%99s.

-- In other cities with two leading department stores, it seemed to me that one usually outshone the other %E2%80%93 Woodie%E2%80%99s in D.C. seemed to be a cut above Hecht%E2%80%99s, as was Miller & Rhoads versus Thalhimer%E2%80%99s in Richmond.

-- Macy%E2%80%99s decision to re-brand in many cities made sense %E2%80%93 why not leverage the fame of the name and the Thanksgiving Day parade. However, re-naming Marshall Field%E2%80%99s was idiotic. In a convention town like Chicago, it was a must for tourists to visit Field%E2%80%99s. Now, there%E2%80%99s no reason for out-of-towners to go to Macy%E2%80%99s when they%E2%80%99ve got one in their own mall.

by Anonymousreply 8211/21/2010



The Rite Way


Miracle Mart


by Anonymousreply 8311/21/2010

WTF? Justin Bieber, artist of the year? Now I know that Bristol will win DWTS.

by Anonymousreply 8411/21/2010

(Don't know why my dashes in R82 turned into quotation marks.)

by Anonymousreply 8511/21/2010

In NY there were many:









EJ Korvette's

Franklin Simon

B. Altman

Times Square Stores

Two Guys


Let's not forget the records stores:

Jimmy's Music World

King Karol

Crazy Eddie

Record Explosion (I think that was the name, they were inside malls, when I visited a cousin on Long Island. I'd shop there, they had a great selection of Import records at low prices and cool buttons)

Tower Records


Alexander's, May's and Korvette's also had excellent record departments.

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by Anonymousreply 8711/21/2010

Castner Knott%0D %0D Maison Blanche%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 8811/21/2010

In Detroit





Montgomery Wards

Woolworth's (dime store)

Kresge's (dime store)

by Anonymousreply 8911/21/2010

I remember Ohrbach's and Gimbels, too, OP. I'm from NYC and so many shops from my younger days are now gone:

Mays (on 14 street) Lerner's Alexander's B. Altman Indian Walk Shoes, Madison & 79th street, for new school shoes every year Woolworth's Lamston's (similar to Woolworth's) Korvette's Bancroft (mens shirts & ties) Moe Ginsburg BFO the Old Barney's in Chelsea, pre-glam Kresge's in Trenton NJ, which I visted as a kid

by Anonymousreply 9011/21/2010

Lerner's, IIRC, is now NY & Company.

Alexander's, was run to the ground after Donald Trump bought it.

I also remember Lamston's & Kresge's.

Moe Ginsburg, my dad got a Calvin Klein suit there, I guess this was before chains such as Marshall's etc started carrying discounted designer clothing.

I. Buss was an interesting unisex store in The Village, sort of a mix of an Army Navy store, Reminiscence (interesting old vintage coats in Mint condition as well as new items) and Unique warehouse. I still have a wonderful herring bone coat from I. Buss.

I miss the moderately priced stores where you could actually find some truly unique items.

by Anonymousreply 9111/21/2010


I did all my shopping there, with Mary and Ethel

by Anonymousreply 9211/21/2010


We called Abraham and Strauss "A&S."

Hermann's sporting goods

Korvette's was formally known as EJ Korvette's.

Chess King!


Casual Corner

Petite Sophisticate

Local chains: Hempstead China, Swezey's

by Anonymousreply 9311/21/2010

Nobody Beats the Wiz

Service Merchandise


by Anonymousreply 9411/21/2010

Sam Goody


Not dept stores, but defunct chain stores.

TSS (Time Square Stores)

Billy Blake's

by Anonymousreply 9511/21/2010

The DVD release of "Evening Primrose" reminds me it was shot in the old Stern's Department Store on 42nd Street across from Bryant Park.

And the DVD also includes some color test footage of Tony Perkins shot at the Macy's on 34th Street - which looks totally different today.

Fascinating how stores' looks change in 45 years.

by Anonymousreply 9611/21/2010

Conran's, the IKEA of it's day.



The Bazaar Stores (Second Avenue Bazaar, Lexington Avenue Bazarr, etc)

by Anonymousreply 9711/21/2010

Floyd Bennet

Great Eastern


Daffy Dan's

by Anonymousreply 9811/21/2010

When I go on shopping trips, where else would I go but Phipps? From the top floor to the bottom -- if it's bargains, Phipps has got 'em!

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Lucky Platt

Grand Way

by Anonymousreply 10211/21/2010

Mansours%0D %0D Rich's%0D %0D Parisian%0D %0D Castner Knott%0D %0D Pizitz%0D %0D and yes, it was called Gayfer's....

by Anonymousreply 10311/21/2010

What was the name of the mens clothing store in NYC that used to have long rhyming commercials on late night radio?

by Anonymousreply 10411/21/2010

Menken's and its owner Rachel Menken.

by Anonymousreply 10511/21/2010

Over 100 posts and no one has mentioned Ivey's.

It was a North Carolina institution (also had Florida branches), far better than Belks. I was so sad when Dillards took them over and changed the name in about 1990.

by Anonymousreply 10611/21/2010

In NorCal, Liberty House went first, then Weinstock's. Good riddance on the latter, they had the laziest, rudest employees who would stand around talking instead of helping customers.

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by Anonymousreply 10811/21/2010

Does anyone remember Grant's, aka W.T. Grant's? They were everywhere until the company went bankrupt in the mid-70s.%0D %0D In Maine we had Porteous, Mitchell and Braun whose beautiful flagship store is now the Maine College of Art.

by Anonymousreply 10911/21/2010

If you're nostalgic for old Christmas catalogs, this site is for you...Sears,JCP, Mongomery Wards catalogs all scanned for your viewing pleasure.

by Anonymousreply 11011/21/2010

"Not dept stores, but defunct chain stores. TSS (Time Square Stores)"

Actually, in NY, some TSS stores were very large. The TSS store in Middle Village WAS the sized of a department store. The one in Long Island City was small.

When the Middle Village store closed, it became Caldor's, when that store closed it was a KMart for a year or so. Now I think it's either Sam's Club or B.J.'s, I haven't been to Middle Village in ages.

Wow, I can't believe I forget AZUMA, I loved that place! I used to buy my mom lots of stuff there, especially vases, which she still has, as well as a saki set. I still have a plastic Union Jack container with drawers from there. I used to keep my art supplies in it. Later on they carried smaller version in cardboard.

by Anonymousreply 11111/21/2010

How about some defunct shoe stores?

National Shoes.....rings the bell!

Thom McCann's

AS Beck

Buster Brown




by Anonymousreply 11211/21/2010

Wow, R110, those catalogs are too much! It makes me feel like Emily in the third act of OUR TOWN to go back and see that my parents paid Sears $9.74 for my Fisher-Price Farm in 1971.%0D %0D I love how all the girl toys in the 1966 catalog are little vacuum cleaners and kitchen sets and sewing machines. It's like, forget it kid, you are SO becoming a homemaker when you grow up.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 11311/21/2010

Orbach's on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, where I saw my first lesbian kiss in 1970. It was a family shopping outing and my aunt said, "Well have you ever?" And my grandmother said, "That's disgusting, they should be ashamed of themselves!"%0D %0D I thought, that's a lot of fuss over some teenagers kissing, until I realized the tall skinny androgynous boy was actually a girl. As a gay boy I might have enjoyed it more if it had been two guys, but, oh well.%0D %0D Is Bullock's Wilshire still around? I loved going there. They had all that art deco stuff (murals, fixtures, etc.)%0D %0D Don't know if I miss I Magnin that much, but I do miss Capwells. Though Capwells and Nordstrom were kind of indistinguishable to me.%0D %0D Is Robinson's in Pasadena, Ca. still around?

by Anonymousreply 11411/22/2010

Can someone explain what a "dime" store is?%0D %0D Also what was the differnce between Woolworth and Woolco?

by Anonymousreply 11511/22/2010

Heer's in Springfield, Mo%0D %0D I practically lived in their book and record dept. And my mom loved having lunch at the Garden Room Tea Room.. on the 6th floor!

by Anonymousreply 11611/22/2010

The Denver (oldtimers called it The Denver Dry)%0D May D&F (nee Daniels & Fisher)%0D Joslins%0D

by Anonymousreply 11711/22/2010

R115, here's the jig on "Dime Stores". They were all over the place when I was a kid.

The concept of the variety store originated with the five and ten, nickel and dime, five and dime or dimestore, a store where everything cost either five cents (a nickel) or ten cents (a dime). The originator of the concept may be Woolworth's, which began in 1878 in Watertown, New York. Other five and tens that existed in the USA included W.T. Grant, J.J. Newberry's, McCrory's, Kresge, McLellan's, and Ben Franklin Stores. These stores originally featured merchandise priced at only five cents or ten cents, although later in the twentieth century the price range of merchandise expanded. Inflation eventually dictated that the stores were no longer able to sell any items for five or ten cents, and were then referred to as "variety stores" or more commonly dollar stores. $0.05 in 1913 when adjusted for inflation is $1.15 in 2009 dollars.

by Anonymousreply 11811/22/2010

These names are absurd.

by Anonymousreply 11911/22/2010

R114 -- Robinson's in Pasadena is now a Target.

by Anonymousreply 12011/22/2010

I'm from Richmond, VA. Miller and Rhodes and Thalhimers were the city's downtown department stores; it was considered traditional to visit them during the holidays. Both are long gone. Now there is NO place to show downtown, during the holidays or otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 12111/22/2010

Mid-Hudson Valley, NY


Service Merchandise



Monkey Wards

by Anonymousreply 12211/22/2010

In St. Louis:%0D %0D Famous-Barr%0D %0D Stix, Baer & Fuller%0D %0D Scruggs, Vandervoort & Barney%0D %0D Thomas W. Garland%0D %0D Boyd's%0D %0D Greenfield's (later Broadstreet's). %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 12311/22/2010

Jacobson's in Michigan.%0D %0D Maas Brothers in Florida.%0D %0D Younkers in Iowa.%0D %0D Von Mauer is still active.

by Anonymousreply 12411/22/2010

haven't we done this to death, OP.

by Anonymousreply 12511/22/2010

B. Altman

Lunch at Charleston Gardens after a morning of Christmas shopping! Then a stop to the Rare Book collection to browse for an hour or two. Finally, a stop on the Foods Floor to pick up a Plum pudding!

by Anonymousreply 12611/22/2010

R58, I was just googling him yesterday. Apparently Mr. Jingaling is still alive, having outlasted Halle's by decades.

by Anonymousreply 12711/22/2010

Philadelphia:%0D %0D Wanamaker's%0D %0D Strawbridge & Clothier%0D %0D Lit Brothers%0D %0D Gimbels%0D %0D Bonwit Teller%0D %0D Ideal (not a department store, it was just a little quonset hut)

by Anonymousreply 12811/22/2010

Shopper's World

Sort of a cheapie place, maybe one step above a dime store. They still had the old-timey wooden floorboards, which was cool. I remember going there when I was little for Christmas toys, Halloween costumes and new gym shoes for PE class each year. My mom would usually get stuff like mops.

by Anonymousreply 12911/22/2010

No mention yet of Burdines. Truly a great Florida department store started in Miami. Another Federated victim, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 13011/22/2010

The Philly posters keep forgetting Snellenburg's.

by Anonymousreply 13111/22/2010

Ohrbachs mens dressing room, the cruisiest place in NYC...

by Anonymousreply 13211/22/2010

Ivey's %0D %0D Thalheimer's%0D %0D Meyers (am I remembering that correctly?)

by Anonymousreply 13311/22/2010

I liked Building 19 in the Boston area.

by Anonymousreply 13411/22/2010

If you are from South Florida:%0D %0D Burdine's%0D %0D Jordan Marsh%0D %0D Jackson Byrons%0D %0D My mother used to take my little sister and I downtown which is where the main stores were. This is before malls took over. It wasn't Christmas without going to downtown Miami and spending the day shopping. Usually wearing shorts and t-shirts because our winter weather was 75 degrees and sunny!!!

by Anonymousreply 13511/22/2010

Long before Wal-Mart, Zayre's was KMart's competition.%0D %0D And the Sears' stores of today pale in comparison to the old ones. The candy counter is gone.

by Anonymousreply 13611/22/2010

[R80] Mia must be from Chicago! You had Fields and Wieboldts mentioned. Wieboldts was a great store! The store in Oak Park/River Forest had the best animated window displays at Christmas. No one can come close today. They tore down the store in the 80's, and now it's a crummy strip mall!

by Anonymousreply 13711/22/2010

Gimbel's, Wanamaker's and Strawbridge & Clothier.

by Anonymousreply 13811/22/2010

Maas Brothers was always a joke, the worst department store I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 13911/22/2010

Rockford, IL.

D.J. Stewart. Beautiful, old school department store.

Hess Bros. Carson Pirie Scott. Chas. V. Weise. Owens. Rockford Dry Goods. Goldblatts.

by Anonymousreply 14011/22/2010

Crumbstaynes I. Wannalaya Wm. Flibbertigibbet and Co. Flappacoques Titte Twistre Bros. I. M. Horn%C3%A9 Clitt Royale

by Anonymousreply 14111/22/2010

R11: Did you ever go to the Christmas breakfasts at Frederick and Nelson?

by Anonymousreply 14211/22/2010

No, but I went to the Men's Room Buffets at Nordstroms.

by Anonymousreply 14311/22/2010

Joske's in Houston. Early seventies. Foley's and their fab red apple sales all turned into Macy's.

by Anonymousreply 14411/22/2010

Strawbridge & Clothier Nan Duskin

by Anonymousreply 14511/22/2010

Small Stuff as a teenager in Fairfax, VA. The only place I could shop because I was like a 000 in pants and no one else sold clothes that small.

by Anonymousreply 14611/22/2010

"My mother used to take my little sister and I"%0D %0D Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 14711/22/2010

As has been point out, Rich's was opened here in Atlanta in 1867. Federated bought them in 1975, with assurances that the name Rich's would never go away. Fuck them.

Now Macy's took all of Rich's signature events. The Great Tree and the Pink Pig come to mind.

Kresge's is still around, only now they are called K-Mart.

by Anonymousreply 14811/22/2010

[quote]Oh, dear.

Oh DEAR, R147!

by Anonymousreply 14911/22/2010

Black's Fifth Avenue

by Anonymousreply 15011/22/2010


MT Bellies

Boils of Beverly Hills


Husky's Pants Barn

by Anonymousreply 15111/22/2010

Tower Records.

by Anonymousreply 15211/22/2010

Anybody on Long Island remember "Williams"?%0D %0D It was a toy and bicycle store in Plainview.%0D LOVED IT!!!!

by Anonymousreply 15311/22/2010

Dunphie's by the ha-ba Moonpie's Muttonclumps Diddle by Dangle Cuntess Calvane's Cockball & Cuntsprout Finger & Pussay Dild & O

by Anonymousreply 15411/22/2010

Rexall and TG&Y

by Anonymousreply 15511/22/2010

r104 is thinking of the 24/7 men's clothing store, Dennison's on Route 22 in Union, NJ. Their slogan was "Money talks, nobody walks at Dennison's."%0D %0D The store was in a former nightclub in the shape of an ocean liner. It's now P.C. Richard's. They closed before the cops shut them down. It was known in the area that after Midnight customers were entertained by female sales staff in the fitting rooms.

by Anonymousreply 15611/22/2010

B. Altman had doormen at the entrances who would hail cabs for customers. The elevator men wore white gloves. At Christmas their windows were magnificent. A red carpet stretched from Fifth to Madison Avenues and store was filled with real poinsettias. %0D %0D It went out of business because of tax laws. Benjamin Altman was a Jew who became a Roman Catholic. He created The Altman Foundation so all profits would go to various Catholic charities. When the IRS changed the law to prevent businesses from giving profits to charity, the New York and suburban stores closed in 1999. %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 15711/22/2010

Can someone explain the "windows" thing to me? I'm assuming you mean display windows. What's so great about display windows?

by Anonymousreply 15811/22/2010

Dayton's%0D %0D Donaldson's (Bought by Dayton's)%0D %0D Montgomery Wards (We called in Monkey Wards as little kids)%0D %0D Woolworths (Going to the soda fountain was a treat)

by Anonymousreply 15911/22/2010

[quote]These stores originally featured merchandise priced at only five cents or ten cents, although later in the twentieth century the price range of merchandise expanded. Inflation eventually dictated that the stores were no longer able to sell any items for five or ten cents, and were then referred to as "variety stores" or more commonly dollar stores.

Even long after most of their merchandise was priced above ten cents, my mother would still refer to our Woolworth's as "the five-and-dime store."

by Anonymousreply 16011/22/2010

It's past your bedtime, r158. There's school tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 16111/22/2010

Grant's%0D %0D Edwards

by Anonymousreply 16211/22/2010

Steiger's%0D %0D G. Fox

by Anonymousreply 16311/22/2010


by Anonymousreply 16411/22/2010

'dime store' - yesterday's dime stores weren't as crappy as today's dollar stores are and they didn't have the lower income, urban reputation of today's dollar stores. They were great because you could find all the non-food basics you needed. S.S. Kresge Corp. ("Kresge's") was a major dime store chain. Kmart, started as a Kresge subsidiary, was Kresge's effort to establish a more affordable department store, carrying a larger selection of merchandise than a dime store, but at lower prices than a major department store. Kmart was also HUGE in offering lay-away. When most major department stores issued credit cards, but only to qualified customers, Kmart's lay-away was the pay-as-you-go alternative.

R158 for many stores the Xmas holiday display windows where the ultimate in window dressing. It started at Chicago's Marshall Field & Co. store under the hand of Arthur Fraser. Fraser's everyday windows were trendsetters in the industry but the holiday ones had people lining up for their reveal. (BTW, working for Arthur Fraser was were Vincente Minnelli got his start). Field's had 65 windows to be dressed and Fraser had free reign, ignoring Parisian fashion dictates, buyers, and other merchandising staff.

by Anonymousreply 16511/22/2010

R131, I remember the Downtown Miami Christmas trip well. Burdines still had will call and you could shop all over the three(or was it four?) floors and pick up your haul there at the end.

The big treat was lunch at the fancy tea room. I still remember the peppermint clown cone dessert. The sugar cone was upside down as the clowns hat with ice cream and some kind of frosting collar. It seemed so special.

by Anonymousreply 16611/22/2010

It's not a store, but I miss the Horn & Hardart automat in NYC - wasn't it on east 42nd street?

by Anonymousreply 16711/22/2010

Glad to hear it, R127. My mother took us to see him when we were kids. I've got the Mr. Jingaling jingle in my head now.

by Anonymousreply 16811/23/2010

I like to play with my Jingaling.

by Anonymousreply 16911/23/2010

Fowler, Dick, and Walker (The Boston Store) Northeastern Pennsylvania

by Anonymousreply 17011/23/2010

G. Fox, Hartford.

by Anonymousreply 17111/23/2010

Pomeroy's - Pottsvile %0D Deisroth's -Hazleton

by Anonymousreply 17211/23/2010

There were twenty Horn & Hardart Automats in Manattan. The last to close was at 42nd and Third in April 1990. Their first location was in Philadelphia.

by Anonymousreply 17311/23/2010

[R112]There's still a Fabco in Brooklyn, on 86th Street. Like a more-budget version of Payless, if you can imagine, though the name is kind of cool.

Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn had a nice Alexander's. Does anyone remember their restaurant The Carving Board?

by Anonymousreply 17411/23/2010

Service Merchandise

by Anonymousreply 17511/23/2010

Kresge's in Newark. They had a monorail ride suspended from the ceiling so you could look down on the whole store.

by Anonymousreply 17612/01/2010

Also, 158 (and I'm sure r165 will remember this), Marshall Fields used real live midgets dressed as elves for their holiday windows.

One year, I think it was 1947 or 48, they had Judy locked in one of the displays for an entire week. It was supposed to be an homage to Vincente, but it was kind of creepy because he told her she was in a clinic to dry out. Her screams still haunt me to this day.

by Anonymousreply 17712/01/2010

Hemphill-Wells in Big Spring, Tx. Vanity Faire in Montgomery, AL HC Capwell in Hayward, CA Hales in Oakland, CA Emporium in SF, CA City of Paris in SF, CA I. Magnins in SF, CA Jos. Magins in SF, CA Grodin's in SF, CA Crystal Palace in SF, CA Hecht's in Baltimore, MD Woodie's in Tyson's Corner, VA Bullock's in Long Beach, CA Hukinuki's in Hokkaido, Japan

by Anonymousreply 17812/01/2010

Woodie's, Hecht's, and Lansburgh's in downtown DC always had fabulous Christmas windows. I wonder where all those miniature scenes have gone to -- and if they still exist.

by Anonymousreply 17912/01/2010

R151: read yours as porkbellies!%0D %0D %0D I mentioned Frederick and Nelson previously. Their windows were incredible too, and you would line up outside them to see Santa and get your picture taken with him.

by Anonymousreply 18012/01/2010

R157, Did you ever go to the employee thrift shop? I still have some of the best wool blankets that I bought for next to nothing during my lunch breaks.

by Anonymousreply 18112/01/2010

What R177??

by Anonymousreply 18212/01/2010

Frederick and Nelson:

by Anonymousreply 18312/01/2010


by Anonymousreply 18412/01/2010


by Anonymousreply 18512/01/2010

The strolling minstrels:

by Anonymousreply 18612/01/2010

Last one! I love it and remember this particular decor

by Anonymousreply 18712/01/2010

Chappell's because they had great gold gift boxes, generous credit terms, and were always family-owned and local

Sibley's because they had the best SantaLand and everything was kind of flashy

Wells & Coverly for my first suit and the best clothing gifts

Dey Bros was the regional full-service department store

by Anonymousreply 18812/01/2010

What's not to understand, r182? Windows full of real elves doing elvish things. I didn't know they were midgets. Apparently one flashed me and my Mom said, OK, we're going to Wiebolts.

I vaguely remember Judy in the window. She was screaming GET ME OUT OF HERE, pounding on the window and my Mom said, that's Dorothy and she's trying to escape from the Witches Castle. OK, we're going to Goldblatts.

by Anonymousreply 18912/01/2010


Fucking Macys is the Wal Mart of department stores. I don't shop there anymore

by Anonymousreply 19012/01/2010

The Herald Square Korvette's bankruptcy circa 1982 was something I'll always remember. It was the first case I'd experience of a store being stripped of all fixtures, drop ceilings, etc; just gutted. And on the sales floor were just massive bins of really strange merchandise, the sort the store might not have even carried, just garbage. Depressing.

by Anonymousreply 19112/01/2010

[quote]I vaguely remember Judy in the window. She was screaming GET ME OUT OF HERE, pounding on the window and my Mom said, that's Dorothy and she's trying to escape from the Witches Castle. OK, we're going to Goldblatts.%0D %0D %0D That's what I was questioning. Wow.

by Anonymousreply 19212/01/2010

In the L.A. area - %0D Broadway, - %0D May Co. (already mentioned)to us boy's known as Gay Co. So very festive at Christmas, with good reason.

by Anonymousreply 19312/04/2010

You know what gives me hope vis a vis the Walmart thing? At some point they'll fall out of favor and you'll see a return of the mom & pop shops again.

by Anonymousreply 19412/04/2010

In the old days, Woolworth's had some quality merchandise. At Christmas, they had miniature manger scenes and you could buy all sorts of accessories like angels, shepherds, etc.

by Anonymousreply 19512/04/2010

If only, r194. I don't think it's possible. The economy is structured differently now. All the laws that prevented monopolies have been repealed or people find ways around them. It's just too hard to compete with a national behemoth like macys.

by Anonymousreply 19612/05/2010

Indianapolis had 3 big stores that had wonderful window displays for Christmas. L.S. Ayres, Wm.H. Block and Wasson's. Ayres had a beautiful Winter Wonderland dispay on their 8th floor and kids would stand in line for a train ride through it to go see Santa.

by Anonymousreply 19712/07/2010

Hink's (Berkeley)

Leask's (Santa Cruz)

Godchaux's (Fresno)

by Anonymousreply 19812/07/2010




[quote]Castner Knott


[quote]and yes, it was called Gayfer's....

A few more from Birmingham:


Burger-Phillips (first department store in the South with automatic opening doors)


by Anonymousreply 19912/07/2010

In Southern California (and possibly other places):

- Akron

- Treasury

- Gemco

- Fedco

- Newberry's

by Anonymousreply 20012/08/2010

Judy's !

by Anonymousreply 20112/08/2010

Bullock's in Long Beach, CA.%0D %0D ****I don't remember a BULLOCKS in Long Beach, Lakewood yes, but not LB. However, there was a BUFFUMS in Long Beach.%0D

by Anonymousreply 20212/08/2010

LEASKS in Santa Cruz, CA.%0D %0D Ben Franklin was just another five and dime, but loved the smell of their popcorn wafting thru the air.

by Anonymousreply 20312/08/2010

Whitefront%0D %0D ******ZODYS, GEMCO, AAKRON.

by Anonymousreply 20412/08/2010

My first job was in the bakery department at Bamberger's in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ.

I also loved Alexander's that was across the highway (Route 4).

by Anonymousreply 20512/08/2010

Filene's in Boston (now the hole in the ground)

I worked there in high school and college, summers and holidays.

And when I was a kid, went there to see Santa Clause.

by Anonymousreply 20612/08/2010

In Minneapolis-St.Paul:


The Golden Rule (later Donaldson's)



by Anonymousreply 20712/08/2010

Menken's Department Store.

by Anonymousreply 20812/08/2010

In Tucson, Az%0D %0D The locally owned dept. stores:%0D %0D Levy's%0D %0D Steinfeld's%0D %0D Jacome's%0D %0D Others:%0D %0D Goldwater's%0D %0D Sanger-Harris%0D %0D Foley's%0D %0D Diamond's%0D %0D The Broadway%0D %0D All gone to the history books. Macy's has pretty much taken over everything around here. Can't stand their choices in clothing. We still have Dillards.%0D %0D The locally owned stores were classy and their employees were always helpful and gracious in attending customers. Those stores had service!

by Anonymousreply 20912/10/2010

HINSHAWS in Uptown Whittier, CA.

by Anonymousreply 21012/10/2010

Harzfeld's (originally The Parisian Cloak Company), Peck's, and Emery Bird Thayer in Kansas City.

And do you remember the wonderful Christmas windows they used to do with automated scenes? They were wonderful, artistic, & magical.

by Anonymousreply 21112/10/2010

"Emery Bird Thayer in Kansas City.

And do you remember the wonderful Christmas windows they used to do with automated scenes? They were wonderful, artistic, & magical."

My grandmother worked there for over 30 years in notions. What are notions? Thimbles? Scissors?

by Anonymousreply 21212/11/2010


Treasure Island


by Anonymousreply 21312/11/2010

Joseph Magnin%0D %0D Robinsons%0D %0D The Broadway%0D %0D Bullocks Wilshire!%0D %0D The May Company

by Anonymousreply 21412/11/2010

DC and Maryland:


The Hecht Co.

Woodward and Lothrop

by Anonymousreply 21512/11/2010

Campus Cobbler and Al Johnson's in Dinkeytown,Mpls,USA

by Anonymousreply 21609/17/2011

Not one mention of Heironimus.

by Anonymousreply 21709/17/2011

Sanger Hariss then Joski's

by Anonymousreply 21809/18/2011

Abraham & Strauss in Brooklyn

by Anonymousreply 21909/18/2011

I remember spending a lot of time in Caldor's, specifically the one in Pelham Manor just north of the Bronx. It later became a K-Mart and is now a huge Fairway supermarket.

I'm not old enough to have any specific memories of Alexander's or A&S, although I do have some earrings from Alexander's and I had the Abearham bear, which I think is at my mother's house.

My dad worked at the B. Altman's on 5th Avenue in the late 70s.

by Anonymousreply 22009/18/2011

Gayfers, I would love to know the value, if any, on the train set I bought from Gayfers Dept. Store 20 for so years ago, think it was 1 piece a week for $5.00, I have 11 cars, not sure it there were more.

by Anonymousreply 22111/26/2012

Over 200 posts, and nobody mentions OP's spelling error. Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 22211/26/2012

R1 mentioned Two Guys, which REALLY took me back. Our local one became a White Modell, which my mom called White Modess.

by Anonymousreply 22311/26/2012

Hey, dunces, Wal-Mart is just a department store.

by Anonymousreply 22411/26/2012

AM & A's


L.L. Berger


Hens & Kelly



All dead.

by Anonymousreply 22511/26/2012

The Jones Store

by Anonymousreply 22611/26/2012

I'm a California resident, southern native. Our Rich's became Macy's when I was in high school, and turned to shit.

In Charleston we had Kerrisons. I can just barely remember it from when I was a kid. They could never recover their losses after Hurricane Hugo. Now the lower level is an Anthropologie, and the upper levels are being converted into apartments.

by Anonymousreply 22711/26/2012

I loved the slogan

Don't be ill, you can't do better than Congo-Leopoldsville.

Then they changed it to

Ha ha, you can't do better than Congo-Kinshasa

Then they changed it to

Compare you can't do better than Zayre.

by Anonymousreply 22811/26/2012

Joseph Spiess & Co. and as far as catalog companies go Aldens which was my favorite. But I really miss the Christmas Catalogs of old for Sears, Montgomery Wards as well.

by Anonymousreply 22911/27/2012

Service Merchandise. You would pull "tags" or "cards", bring them to the register, and they would bring the merchandise...

by Anonymousreply 23011/27/2012

Three Sisters


by Anonymousreply 23111/27/2012

Gimbels, Alexander's , Shepard's inProvidence.

by Anonymousreply 23211/27/2012

In Pittsburgh: Horne's and Kaufmanns. I was especially sorry to see Kaufmann's close.

by Anonymousreply 23311/27/2012

Connecticut seems to have been hit hard in losing it's homegrown department stores. And other national or regional chains.

G. Fox Sage & Allen Grants D&L Caldor's Bradlees Aames Steiger's

I'm sure there's some I'm missing.

by Anonymousreply 23411/27/2012

J. Fox department stores- friend of mine's family owned it. Goldwater's in the South West

by Anonymousreply 23511/27/2012

R222, what spelling error did OP make? Grammar and punctuation, I see...

by Anonymousreply 23611/27/2012

I still cannot bring myself to refer to the State Street store as anything other than Marshall Field's.

by Anonymousreply 23711/27/2012

Wanamaker's, Philadelphia, PA Bon-Ton, York, PA Watt and Shand, Lancaster PA

by Anonymousreply 23801/29/2014

Thanks for the Frederick & Nelson pics, R184.

by Anonymousreply 23901/29/2014

R165 - I would equate dime stores of yesteryear more with Walgreens, etc. than Dollar Stores.

by Anonymousreply 24001/29/2014

I grew up in the Bay Area in the 50s and 60s. In SF we had Macy's (originally O'Connor Moffat), The Emporium, The White House and City of Paris. And men's clothing stores Roos-Atkins, Grodin's and Hastings. Specialty stores? I. Magnin, Joesph Magnin, Livingston's. All but Macy's are history.

Oakland had Capwell's, which was under the same ownership as The Emporium, but didn't combine with them formally as Emporium-Capwell until later. Oakland also had Rhodes. I also lived in Sacramento, which had Weinstock's, another sibling to The Emporium and Capwell's.

I lived for a time in the DC area, where the main stores were Woodies, Hecht's and Garfinckel's. And then relocated to southern California in the late '80s where we had The May Co., Robinson's, Bullock's, Bullocks-Wilshire, The Broadway and Buffum's. Also branches of Ohrbach's and I. Magnin.

by Anonymousreply 24101/29/2014

In Pittsburgh the big three were Kaufmann's, which was the most fashion oriented of the big three; Joseph Horne's, which was the favorite of the carriage trade and was known as the place to buy china, crystal an silver; and Gimbel's, which was a bit downscale and blue collar. Kaufmann's big spring sale was the Time of the Roses, while Gimbel's its Lilac Sale. If I remember correctly, the Kaufmann family sold the stores to Associated Dry Goods. Joseph Horne's was sold to Federated Department Store and was for a time Lazarus. There were four branches to the Gimbels -- New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. In Pittsburgh, Gimbe's closed first, Federated bought Associated, but most of the Horne's/Lazarus stores closed and Kaufmann's

Pittburgh's little three department store were Frank & Seder downtown, Bogg & Buhl on the North Side and a third store whose name I cannot remember but whose owner were apart of the Kaufmann family. Bogg & Buhl was outside of the Downtown shopping corridor as was Mannsman's in East Liberty and The Famous (later Misco) in McKeesport

McKeesport was also the headquarters for the now-defunct variety chain, G.C. Murphy, called the Macy's of Appalachia.

Further east, Troutman's, based in Greensburg, has several stores in county seats and industrial and mining towns in western Pennsylvania. I cannot remember if Pomeroy's or Bon Ton took Troutman's over.

Hess of Allentown was known as the Barnum of the Boondocks.

Glosser Brothers of Johnstown also had a discount chain called GeeBee's. The chain got overextended and went bankrupt.

Lit's was another Philadelphia department store.

Treasure Island was a discount chain either out of Steubenville or Wheeling. I cannot remember the name of Wheeling's major department store

by Anonymousreply 24201/29/2014

R242, I was JUST about to come and post what you just did, essentially, wondered why it hadn't been posted yet.

I remember Hornes, Gimbels and Kaufmanns all in downtown Pittsburgh. Most of the others were before my time.

I also remember Troutman's as a kid. Bon Ton didn't really take them over, just the lease of some of their mall stores, and they eventually shut down.

Also remember Glosser Brothers in Johnstown, which was somewhat more low-market than Macy but nicer than a five and dime. It was successful with Gee Bee's at first when they started, but the 1977 flood killed Glosser's and its fellow Johnstown store Penn Traffic.

Apparently there was a Boston Store in Erie (separate from the midwestern chain, just the same name....) at one point.

Boscov's moved into the Pittsburgh market briefly when Lazarus merged into Macy's but they must not have done well, they closed a short time later.

by Anonymousreply 24301/29/2014

R242:[quote]Joseph Horne's was sold to Federated Department Store and was for a time Lazarus.

Did Lazarus take over the Horne's building and then move to its own new building later?

by Anonymousreply 24401/29/2014

Lazarus Pittsburgh was briefly in the old Horne building, which now ouses Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Lazarus later built its new store on Wood Street before it closed.

I had a Boscov's credit card when the chain -- ahem, briefly -- was in Pittsburgh

I have heard of Penn Traffic, primarily because of the Riverside supermarket chain. (My family is originally from Central Pennsylvania

by Anonymousreply 24501/29/2014

H.L. Green's a five-and-time (or variety store) that was a part of the same company as Newberry and McCrory's

BTW, Sam Walton the founder of Wal-Mart started his career in retailing as a manager for Ben Franklin Stores

by Anonymousreply 24601/29/2014

I didn't remember Lazarus ever moving into the old Horne's building downtown, R245. I think you may be wrong on that (I'm not sure either, but I really don't think it happened that way).

It moved into the mall stores and then built a five story building it abandoned just a few years later - the cause of much fuss in Pittsburgh as it was heralded as the second coming for downtown.

Same with Lord and Taylor, which destroyed an old bank and then closed 18 months later.

(My family's from Western and Central PA too.)

by Anonymousreply 24701/29/2014

Oh, huh - Wikipedia says they did move into the old Hornes building. I had no idea.

I know Barnes and Noble was in the old downtown Pittsburgh Gimbels building for uears.

by Anonymousreply 24801/29/2014

[quote]A few more from Birmingham:



We used to drive to Birmingham from the sticks and shop. I had lots of clothes from Blach's and Loveman's in downtown Bham.

Also, Tillman-Levenson and the Harry Charles Piano Co.

by Anonymousreply 24901/29/2014

Thanks, R245.


by Anonymousreply 25001/30/2014

What makes me sad about all of this is that we used to make things in America, and we used to have many different choices in buying.

And now we have so few stores offering the same fucking thing, all made by people in Indonesia.

The defunct department store article on Wikipedia is mind-boggling. All that money, now in the pockets of Target, Wal-mart, Kohl's and a handful of other places.

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