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  1. I was researching the old residential estate at 2330 North Braeswood Blvd. and came across an article regarding the history of tenants of the house. One tenant, Joseph Danburg, owned a department store called Rite-Way Department Store. This would have been in the 1940s. They had six locations: 33 Artesian Place 511 Broadway Street 1902 Hardy Street 2756 Lyons Avenue 5334 Washington Avenue 7504 Harrisburg Boulevard I know there was a similar business called Rite-Way Food Market located at 5204 Bellaire Blvd. Then there was a plumbing business called Rite-Way Plumbing Co. Can't seem to find the department store though. Starting to think the article I read was incorrect. I wonder how they accounted for six (6) locations? Maybe there was a name change and that's why I can't find anything? With 6 locations, I am sure there would be a lot of business article and ads. Anyone recall this this store? I can't seem to find anything on HAIF, or any of the historic Houston sites around. I know there are a few HAIF members who are obsessed with department stores and retail stores. Tell me more! Link to article: http://docplayer.net/5817306-Old-braeswood-news-old-braeswood-annual-meeting-7-p-m-tuesday-november-12-2013-2340-blue-bonnet-blvd-morningside.html
  2. I was browsing the newspaper The Texan dated November 14, 1956 and came across a business ad for Meyer Bros. Department Store located at At Bellaire Blvd. At 3rd St. (Presumably 5002 Bellaire Blvd.) I believe this was a stand a lone building? The current site has a Walgreens. The original building must have been demolished. A little confused about the history of the Meyer Bros. They created two businesses? One was a department store (Meyer Bros.) and the other was a grocery store/market called The White House? There are countless advertisements for Meyer Bros. in the 50s and 60s. If I find a cool ad I'll post it. Pretty much all the same though. Any HAIFers have memories here? Do share!! I found a location list of Meyer Bros. locations. See the below quote.
  3. I also remember on the side of Gulfgate that Weingarten's was on, was a street, I think that the name of it was Woodridge/Woodbridge. I remember us going to a department store on that street called Globe. I thought that I heard that a Home Depot is now in that spot. Does anyone out there know anything about this? Chet Cuccia
  4. Does anyone remember a store called Sage? It was on the east side of the gulf freeway somewhere between edgebrook and shaver. It sat at a funny angle to the street and had a huge parking lot. I never went to that store and have no idea what they sold but I remember it being very big and always packed with cars.
  5. I wanted to ask how many Joske's stores were there in Houston, and are there any pictures of them?
  6. I just heard from my mom this morning that Kaplan's is closing its doors next month. If you are familiar with this store, if, like me, you frequented this wonderful store since the time you were a kid, and if you knew the Kaplan family over the years, then maybe you can understand how really sad this news was to me. I suppose it is tough for a specialty store like Kaplan's to compete with Internet buying. I guess this closing was inevitable. But it is like losing a member of the family for me.
  7. A Houston Architecture Info visitor named Kitty Landholt sent in an old drawing she has of the Battlestein's Building. She wrote She scanned in the picture and sent it to us:
  8. Can someone tell me about Sakowitz? What was it like? What happened to it?
  9. so i was searching through the net and found this picture of the store name on the floor of the parking lot north of the chronicle building. im going to see if i can make it there later. but does anyone have picture or know where this is. P.S. it is not at Market Square. this is at the parking lot between the chronicle and mkt square picture owned by http://bayoucityhistory.blogspot.com/
  10. I was just wondering and i have good old pics of these but does anyone know the locations of the original Foley Bros Dry Goods later Foley Bros department store then Foleys' I know they used to be at 506 main in the Slainte bar by Praire. They were also at a building which is no longer there by the building occupied by Live Sports Cafe. I was told they were also at the building occupied by Twelve Spot bar. I know for a fact the first 2 are correct but does anyone know of the others espcially when it was called Foley Bros Dry Goods. thanks and ill post old Foley Bros picture from Main and Preston-Praire
  11. I've searched the boards for answers but was unable to get results... So Where exactly was the downtown woolworth located? What is left of it? I remember i went in 1994-1996 my memory is sketchy. I do remember escalators and "W's" on the door. Anyone have pics? If there is a thread about this accept my apoligies.
  12. Now, I know I made a College Station topic about this but understandably didn't get a lot of takers. Where were the FedMart stores in Houston, and what were they like? I heard they were a bit like Walmart Supercenters but smaller, and I'm not sure if they kept up the whole "only open to government employees" when they went national (at least to Texas), which I'm pretty sure I read elsewhere. The only three I've found included: Southmore and Pasadena - former Globe, torn down(?) for Mervyn's and Office Depot Mykawa and I-45 - now Fiesta Bellaire and Weslayan - now Whole Foods, though it looks like it might've been rebuilt, the ramp leading underground was originally part of the store Any more information? I'd love to find out more and what were the general reactions to it.
  13. Would anybody happen to have the address of the old RB Department Store? It was located somewhere in the Eastside area. Possibly on Harrisburg or Wayside. I remember the store being open between 1963 and 1970.
  14. Bilao's Dept store and Western Skies Motel on Old Katy Rd between Blalock and Wirt. Supplied the lettered jackets the football players wore. Now strip centers and office parks when they put in I-10. The Dad's Club off Katy Rd / Blalock. 'Sock hops' every Friday night where us teenagers could work off our adolescent energy. We all wore white socks and had to take off our shoes so as not to damage the hardwood flooring. KILT Radio would provide the DJ's playing original rock and roll. Now a swim club and athletic center. Monterey House Mexican Food? Long gone. Last gasp was a contaminated food lawsuit in Baytown because a worker didn't wash his hands.
  15. Does anyone know where this store was located? It looks to be somewhere in downtown. This photo was taken in Houston in 1956, but that's all the solid info i've been able to find so far.
  16. I found my father's old wallet and credit cards. I found a card for Britts, I don't remember this store. Does anyone know where was it? what did it sell?
  17. Having a been a little late to the mall scene, my favorite defunct store is Foley's, having being absorbed to Macy's. I always thought it was cool, it had a neat exterior (my local store was Post Oak Mall) AND it was the only place for miles around to have ESCALATORS!! But even in the mid-to-late 1990s, Foley's, from what I remember when my mother dragged me there, had little more than clothing and housewares. But I've heard and learned so much more. I've now learned to identify old Foley's...the 1960s ones (Northwest Mall and Almeda), the 1970s one (Greenspoint, San Jacinto, West Oaks), the 1980s (Post Oak and Padre Staples Mall), and the Sanger Harris ones in Dallas (Six Flags Mall, Valley View, and North Hills, now all closed). For example, the Greenspoint Foley's once had Nintendo games, a cool kid's department set up like a Star Wars spaceship, and even a restaurant. I've heard wonderful things about Foley's on the HAIF, and have had to defend Foley's on other occasions. Check this out (from a comment on Labelscar)
  18. I never knew J.C. Penney's had a department store in downtown Houston. If I give you some clues, can you find me an address? The photo is from Historic Photos of Houston, by B. Chapman., p. 193. The photo is a downtown shot in 1961 of the Alaskan Furs Bldg. fire. In the background is the J.C. Penney's store, a midsize bldg. The bottom floor has a art moderne/ art deco style covering very similar to the Sears on S. Main., and the bldg is on a corner. Grant's is next door, I see a sign on the next bldg. "AI Life", it is a very tall high rise bldg. Malone's News Stand is seen in the foreground, before the fur company. Looks like there is a movie marquee in the foreground, as well.
  19. Who remembers that old 1920s department store called W.C. Munn Company "The Fastest Growing Department Store In Texas." Looks to have been located at Capitol at Travis. On the 4th floor (must have been a huge department store!) during the Christmas time, there was a toy store (toy land) called Joyland.
  20. Has anyone heard anything at all about what plans (if any) Macy's has for the downtown store? Are they doing any upgrading? Any plans for a full remodel or expansion to use the space vacated when they closed down the Foley's headquarters operation? Any other plans to use that now-vacant space? Anything at all?
  21. When I was a kid, and I visited my Grandmother in the Heights area, there was a department store called Bargain Gusher on 19th I believe. It was down the street from the old Heights Theatre (anyone remember what movie closed this place down...curious, is the key word) and what I can visualize to this day is the elderly gentleman playing dominoes in the park next to the Bargain Gusher! Spent many days in that store, but can not recall what I bought though. Anyone else ever go there?
  22. Does anyone have pictures of the old Battelstein's/Frost Bros. on Shepherd and Welch? And I read somewhere that Stanley Marcus was originally looking at land INSIDE the loop to build the Neiman Marcus that eventually went to the Galleria. Any idea if it was going into Highland Village?
  23. Has anyone seen the latest Paper City? One of the parties profiled was a celeb-studded event to celebrate "the launch of the first US Harrod's dept store"? Something like "26 floors underground" at the corner of Westheimer and Kirby etc etc. but of course nothing can be found doing a google search or by checking the Harrods website... You'r take? Am I an April Fool for asking?
  24. Sept. 7, 2005, 1:32PM Mervyns chain will leave Houston area Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO
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