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On the side street of Gulfgate (I think that the name of it was either Woodridge/Woodbridge) was a department store that we went to. The name of it was Globe. I heard that a Home Depot is now in that spot. Does anyone out there know anything about this?

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There was also a Globe down near Belfort. I think the one near Gulfgate was next to Frizell's Pontiac AMC.

This is hurting my head. Must recall childhood memories.

But I am good at that. I remember my days as a zygote fondly. It was fun.

Or was that Sage? I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

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On the side street of Gulfgate (I think that the name of it was either Woodridge/Woodbridge) was a department store that we went to.  The name of it was Globe.  I heard that a Home Depot is now in that spot.  Does anyone out there know anything about this?

Chet Cuccia

Familiar with Globe but not that location. We had one by us, when i was growing up. I think it was owned by Walgreens...it was their answer for Woolco and Kmart.

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Or was that Sage?  I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

I never went into a Sage, but I do remember they had ads on the paper bookcovers we had in school. They were like miniature billboards with short goofy phrases on them...can't think of one off hand. Maybe i can dig in my parents attic and find and rat chewed copy of one :lol:

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There was also a Globe down near Belfort.  I think the one near Gulfgate was next to Frizell's Pontiac AMC.

This is hurting my head.  Must recall childhood memories.

But I am good at that.  I remember my days as a zygote fondly. It was fun.

Or was that Sage?  I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

I went to Globe between 1962-64. I remember us going into the pet department and my parents bought a solid white cat. I'm now 47.

Chet Cuccia

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There was also a Globe down near Belfort.  I think the one near Gulfgate was next to Frizell's Pontiac AMC.

This is hurting my head.  Must recall childhood memories.

But I am good at that.  I remember my days as a zygote fondly. It was fun.

Or was that Sage?  I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

There was a Globe on the northeast corner of Bellaire and Hillcroft. It was right across Hillcroft from the Sharpstown drive-in theater. Sage was on the southeast corner of Beechnut and Post Oak (now 610) right across from Meyerland. What occupies those locations now?

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The southeast corner of Beechnut and Post Oak Road (now 610) is occupied by a shopping center anchored by Lowe's and Hobby Lobby.  There's an IHOP, a bank, a K&G men's store... that kind of thing.  Before Lowe's there was a Builder's Square.

EDIT: While we're on this topic, anybody remember Gibson's Discount Center?  I have a dim recollection of this chain from my early childhood.

Yes, I remember Gibson's. I didn't know that there were any of those stores over in Houston. I live in Orange, Texas (100 miles east of Houston). The stores have all bit the dust. There used to be one here in Orange, one in Beaumont, one in Vidor, and one in Port Arthur.

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I don't know if they were in Houston proper or not.  I spent my earliest years in Galveston County.  I remember one in Dickinson and seem to recall others in the area.

I know there were Gibson's in Seabrook and Baytown. And throughout East Texas. We frequented the one in Longview when we lived there.

A couple of years ago, My wife and I were thinking about buying a lakefront house on Toledo Bend and ended up looking at, what we were told, was the former Gibson's Corporate Retreat. Very nice location. It was on a peninsula that jutted out into the lake.

They had subdivided it and were selling off the different cabins and such. The "houses" were all small rundown 60's a-frames. Nice lot but we wanted a decent house too. Unfortunately, we never followed through on the lakehouse idea.

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There was a Globe on the northeast corner of Bellaire and Hillcroft.

I worked at that Globe in '71. Talk about some low paying tightwads.

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I never went into a Sage, but I do remember they had ads on the  paper bookcovers we had in school.  They were like miniature billboards with short goofy phrases on them...can't think of one off hand.  Maybe i can dig in my parents attic and find and rat chewed copy of one  :lol:

Here's one of the slogans I remember from Sage billboards:

Rudolph shops at Sage, red knows (nose)

You know those billboards are one of the things I remember specifically from childhood that first got my interest in going into the advertising field.

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There was also a Globe down near Belfort.  I think the one near Gulfgate was next to Frizell's Pontiac AMC.

This is hurting my head.  Must recall childhood memories.

But I am good at that.  I remember my days as a zygote fondly. It was fun.

Or was that Sage?  I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

You prodded my memory. Yes, I now remember a Pontiac car dealership either near or next door to that Globe Department Store. I heard that Globe has been long gone and that there is now a Home Depot store on the spot on ground that Globe once occupied.

Chet Cuccia

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Yes, I now remember a Pontiac car dealership either near or next door to that Globe Department Store.

Chet Cuccia

Frank Gillman Pontiac was across Bellaire from Globe. I purchased a Pontiac there in 1971.

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Frank Gillman Pontiac was across Bellaire from Globe.  I purchased a Pontiac there in 1971.

Someone a few days ago posted a message that said the name of the Pontiac dealership near that Globe was called Frizzell. I just remember the Pontiac emblem/logo on the sign.

Chet Cuccia

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Someone a few days ago posted a message that said the name of the Pontiac dealership near that Globe was called Frizzell.

Sorry! I thought you were referring to the Globe in the Sharpstown area. I'll look closer at the posts next time.

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Anybody remember Shopper's Fair? That was the very first discount store that I can remember here. There was one on Shepherd at Pinemont across from St. Pius.

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Like I said, I'm remember all of this from over 40 years ago. Sometimes I don't think that there might have been another of the same store in another part of the city.

Where about is Sharpstown?

Chet Cuccia

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It amazes me how you and the other guys on this forum come up with photos, maps, and other info so quickly!
Maybe it's because there are lots of us computor nurdds on here?

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Maybe it's because there are lots of us computor nurdds on here?

I lived on campus when I was in college. I lived on the third floor. One day a girl asked me if I lived on the "nurd" floor.

Chet Cuccia

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Globe was north of Gulfgate on I-45 West side. It is now a huge Home Depot.

Sage was on I-45 around the Hobby Airport exit on the East side. It is now some sort of trade school I think. At any rate that building is actuall still there.

For the records, there was another Globe store in Pasadena. I think it was on Southmore.

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There was a Globe on the northeast corner of Bellaire and Hillcroft.  It was right across Hillcroft from the Sharpstown drive-in theater.  Sage was on the southeast corner of Beechnut and Post Oak (now 610) right across from Meyerland.  What occupies those locations now?

Torchlight answered about what occupies the old Sage location now, but I don't think anyone answered what sits on the old Globe location at Bellaire & Hillcroft. It's now a Fiesta Grocery Store. And across the street where the old Sharpstown Drive in was is now a strip center which I can't recall what is in it now. It was a Safeway a long time ago.

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Globe was north of Gulfgate on I-45 West side. It is now a huge Home Depot.

Sage was on I-45 around the Hobby Airport exit on the East side. It is now some sort of trade school I think. At any rate that building is actuall still there.

For the records, there was another Globe store in Pasadena. I think it was on Southmore.

the sage was near monroe on the east side of the freeway.

i remember globe but i think it was where the lowe's is now. i also remember a Fedmart there as well during one incarnation. i think it opened after globe closed. can anyone jog my memory???

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I never went into a Sage, but I do remember they had ads on the  paper bookcovers we had in school.  They were like miniature billboards with short goofy phrases on them...can't think of one off hand.  Maybe i can dig in my parents attic and find and rat chewed copy of one  :lol:

There was a Sage on Westhiemer and Stoney Brook. It is now a Guitar Center. I think it was a pharmacy, but I might be wrong. I remember the toy section well.

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There was a Sage on Westhiemer and Stoney Brook.  It is now a Guitar Center.  I think it was a pharmacy, but I might be wrong.  I remember the toy section well.

All that I can remember is going into the Globe Department Store on Woodridge, next to Gulfgate. We went into the pet department. My parents bought a solid white cat which they named "Purdy." Later we found out that it had a gastric disorder. It kept stinking up our house.

Chet Cuccia

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Did Houston have any Grant's?  That was the local discount department store when I was a kid.

Yes, I do remember a Grant's in Gulfgate across from Newberry's back in the early 1960s. Was it some kind of a five-and-dime store? Or some other kind of store?

Chet Cuccia

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There was also a Globe down near Belfort.  I think the one near Gulfgate was next to Frizell's Pontiac AMC.

This is hurting my head.  Must recall childhood memories.

But I am good at that.  I remember my days as a zygote fondly. It was fun.

Or was that Sage?  I get Sage and Globe confused, but from what I remember, they made Wal-Mart look fancy ;-)

Globe (later Fed Mart then Mervyns) was where Lowes stands now. Sage was off of 45 and Monroe. The building still stands but I believe its a Houston Community College now.

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For the records, there was another Globe store in Pasadena. I think it was on Southmore.

Wasn't that a Sears? Are you talking about where Wal-Mart is now?

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Sears was at the corner of Shaver and Southmore. It is now a Wal-Mart.

I believe the Globe store was east of the old Sears on Southmore on the south side of the street.

Wasn't that a Sears? Are you talking about where Wal-Mart is now?

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Sears was at the corner of Shaver and Southmore. It is now a Wal-Mart.

I believe the Globe store was east of the old Sears on Southmore on the south side of the street.

Correct, the Globe is now Mervyns. Across from the Foley's that is now a mall anchor. But back in the day, there was no mall in Pasadena. We just cruised Foley's. And they had a little music section that sold records.

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Yep, bought my first album there.

Rush's Fly By Night.

Yes, I remember well. Not at Globe, but I remember going into other department stores when I was a kid back in the 1960s and 1970s and going straight to the 45rpm singles shelves. The average price of them was $1. Only rarely could my parents afford to buy me an album.

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I remember the Globe at Sharpstown as I just mentioned in another thread before finding this one.

As for Gibsons, a few years back there was still on on Highway 6 near Navasota. Doubt it is still there though.

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That was a Globe store across Woodridge from Gulfgate, the front of the store wasn't facing woodridge, which was south of the store, it faced east. I lived in the apartments across the parking lot from the front of the building, Gulfgate Village Apartments for about 17 years.

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I remember the Globe across from Gulfgate. It was the only one we ever went to. I think there was a Michelin tire store close to it with the big white michelin man standing either on the roof or in front of the store. On Woodridge on the other side of 45 was the christmas tree lot where we always bought our christmas tree.

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I remember the Globe across from Gulfgate. It was the only one we ever went to. I think there was a Michelin tire store close to it with the big white michelin man standing either on the roof or in front of the store. On Woodridge on the other side of 45 was the christmas tree lot where we always bought our christmas tree.

Yes, I'm now 47 and I still remember the Globe Department Store from the years (1962-64) that we lived in Houston. Back then, I had my picture taken with Santa Claus at Globe. My mother still has that picture. I also remember my parents buying a solid white cat in the Globe pet department. They named it "Purty". But it had a problem with intestinal gas. It stunk up our house.

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Maybe you can remember this from 1963

I know I am not the only one with old news papers and a scanner

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Please help refresh my memory, was that a Globe or a Gibson's at the corner of Beltway 8 and I-10 ?

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There was a Globe on the northeast corner of Bellaire and Hillcroft. It was right across Hillcroft from the Sharpstown drive-in theater. Sage was on the southeast corner of Beechnut and Post Oak (now 610) right across from Meyerland. What occupies those locations now?

I used to shop at that Globe and saw Jaws at Sharpstown Drive-In Theater! Last time I checked there was a Fiesta store where Globe once was and they built an apartment complex where the Drive-In used to be!

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Here's one of the slogans I remember from Sage billboards:

Rudolph shops at Sage, red knows (nose)

You know those billboards are one of the things I remember specifically from childhood that first got my interest in going into the advertising field.

Hey stolitx - I posted this on another thread - but the ones I will never forget are:

Earl Campbel saved at Sage. He's a runnin' back!

and

Joe Sambito saved at Sage. What a relief!

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Did Houston have any Grant's? That was the local discount department store when I was a kid.

Yup, we frequented them often. I remember the ones on N. Shepherd. Hwy 59 North, and Little York Rd. I grew up on the northside.

Went to the Globe stores on Hwy 59 North and N. Shepherd too.

Also had a Danburg's Department Store on Jensen.

Went to the Shopper's Fair which was on N. Shepherd & Crosstimbers.

Also frequented a Dugan's Drugs on Homestead Rd. that later became Eckerd.

Dang, I'm old.

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Yup, we frequented them often. I remember the ones on N. Shepherd. Hwy 59 North, and Little York Rd. I grew up on the northside.

Went to the Globe stores on Hwy 59 North and N. Shepherd too.

Also had a Danburg's Department Store on Jensen.

Went to the Shopper's Fair which was on N. Shepherd & Crosstimbers.

Also frequented a Dugan's Drugs on Homestead Rd. that later became Eckerd.

Dang, I'm old.

Are you talking about W.T. Grant? A five-and-dime store like F.W. Woolworth and Ben Franklin? There was one just a little ways down from Newberry's in that open middle part of then-Gulfgate Shopping City. I remember my parents bought me some Silly Putty in that store.

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Sorry! I thought you were referring to the Globe in the Sharpstown area. I'll look closer at the posts next time.

There was an oriental restaurant accross the street from the Globe on Bellaire and Hillcroft. The name of the restaurant was the Mongolian Barbeque. I had my first fortune cookie there. Sharpstown Drive-In Theater was behind the restaurant.

Years later they tore down the restaurant and put up a shopping center with a Safeway grocery store in it. Casa Ole was located there in the 1980's as well.

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The coolest GLOBE was on North Shepherd...about a mile south of Tidwell. It stood on the current site of the City Of Houston 911 Emergency Center...across the street from St. Pius High School. As a kid, I got lost in that store one day...I was terrified.

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The coolest GLOBE was on North Shepherd...about a mile south of Tidwell. It stood on the current site of the City Of Houston 911 Emergency Center...across the street from St. Pius High School. As a kid, I got lost in that store one day...I was terrified.

I remember my cousin and I going to a Globe Department Store that was on the street that ran alongside of then Gulfgate Shopping City next to then Weingarten's. According to the map I'm looking at, that street is/was called Woodridge.

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I worked at the Globe on Woodridge in 1974 for one summer. The tire store next door was Fisk, had a little boy in pajamas and holding a candle with the slogan "Time to retire.".

The only Globe left after the late 70s was one in McAllen Texas. It was closed about 5 years ago. It made so much money from people coming across the border to shop they kept it open.

I remember Sage because it was the only non grocery store open on Sundays. They would block off sections of items you couldn't buy because of the Blue Laws.

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Actually the way Sage got around the Blue Laws was to rope the areas off on Saturday and then open them back up on Sunday, thus being the only store selling that stuff on Sunday. The Blue Laws merely said you could not sell the stuff for seven days in a row and everyone interpreted that to mean that you closed on Sunday. Sage just exploited the loophold and made a pretty nice profit for a while till everyone else caught up to the idea.

On that same note who remembers the Deauville Shopping Malls. These were short lived ideas that were originally meant to challenge the Blue Laws and be open seven days a week. The buildings still exsist such as the one on the Gulf Freeway at Bay area Blvd, on the east side of the freeway. The malls had off name stores and did 90% of their sales on Sundays when everyone else was closed. I think they did okay for about six months until the regular malls saw they were not getting in trouble and decided to open up on Sundays as well. That did in the Deauville bunch and they closed and eventually were turned into A couple of Garden Ridges and at the one at Baybrook became the home of several Big Box tretailers like Best Buy, Oshmans, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

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