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Silverartfox you are correct. In fact, you may have passed by me hard at work. From late fall of 1957 to summer of 1958, I worked at Meyer Bros. Terrible job, I was suffering the kicks and tantrums in the Children's Shoe Department, just at the top of the up escalator on the 2nd floor. The one compensation, besides the 50 cents an hour with no overtime paid, was the record deprtment next to us always playing music. I was in 10th grade, working after school every day and Saturdays, plus 10 hour shifts on holidays.

Joske's Post Oak was a very nice store, shopped there until 1981, when we moved out of town. When I returned in 1993, everything had changed.

Historical note: Meyer Bros. started out in The Village, corner of University Blvd. and Kirby as The White House. Currently Half-Price Books occupies that spot. They changed the name to reflect the owners' when Meyerland opened.

WestUNative, thanks for verifying my story! I remember the White House in The Village, too. It's my belief that everyone at some point in their lives should have to work in retail sales or as restaurant waitstaff - the experience develops positive personal qualities in an individual as nothing else can. Even though Meyer Bros. wasn't my favorite store back then, our paths probably did cross. As a side note, my mother lived in Houston for nearly 80 years and was a childhood friend of Leopold Meyer, one of the company's founders.

The old Joske's Post Oak had a wonderful assortment of merchandise in all price ranges. Their going-out-of-business sale went on for a couple of months, and I recall with great fondness the classic denim skirt I bought then. It was a wardrobe mainstay for years.

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<br />Here's hoping these stir up some fond memories, even if somewhat off topic:<br /><br />Joske's, Palais Royal, & Nieman-Marcus, before there was a "Galleria Area" [and their competitor with the advertising jingle, "By Golly .. Go to Leopold Price & Rolle!"]<br /><br />Alabama Theater complex - Walgreen's Drugs, A&P, Suzanne's Cafeteria, Wackers (or maybe TG&Y), & Western Auto, in addition to the Theater ... the "Valet" (?) dry cleaners just across the street, with the signage of an English butler holding up a freshly-pressed men's suit .... and the Preston Villa apartments just down the street, with the prominent signage of the 1950ish young lady diving head-first and feet-up into the pool ... <br /><br />Eagle supermarkets<br /><br />Houston Jewelry & Distributing<br /><br />Jetton's cafeteria, when Greenway Plaza was going up<br /><br />Plaid trading stamps, and the redemption center in University Village .. (used to get Top Value stamps at "Enco" stations, up through about 1973 I think)<br /><br />Madding-Dugan drustores .. Became Rexall, then Eckerd<br /><br />...when Bland Cadillac used to be Bland-Willis, off 610 I think<br /><br /><br />And for some really old memories:<br /><br />Shoppers' Special downtown buses with the white flags on top<br /><br />Kayo gasoline - the really cheap stuff!<br /><br />Conoco gasoline, with about 8 different grades, according to the selector lever on the pump<br /><br />"Buy your Chevrolet from Persia .. Mike Persia Chevrolet!"<br /><br />The downtown Weingarten's, between the Chronicle building and the hippie dive known as "The Cellar", that used to always have a hearse parked out front<br /><br />Dobbs House and Toddle House short-order eateries<br />
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Houston Jewelry is still there, they just moved closer in about 15 years ago....they have a nice display of old Houston historical items....they just got rid of the electronics....its like the stores they had downtown in the 60's & 70's before they opened the big multi department store out on westhiemer & gessner....they sometimes run their old jingle on their tv ads....

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Houston Jewelry is the same as it was downtown in the 50's & 60's....jewelry & gifts....before they built the big store out at the end of town at westheimer and gessner when it was just ranch land in the early 70's

Bain & Co....Romney's company was involved in the purchase of United Jewelers from Gordon's Jewelers in the mid 1980's after it was spun off by Bain it failed a few years later and Service took a few of their locations

not a weird name when your last name is Weiner.....they were/are super super nice people...

Joske's did not have a Meyerland location. The large stores there were Meyer Bros, Walter Pyes [which is now Pinto Ranch....] Palais Royal and JC Penny's. Woolworths and a grocery store....

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I saw a few pages back someone mentioned Neisner's (sp.?). Does anyone remember if there were others besides the one I knew in North Shore? The center also had a Grant's Dept. Store and a drug store. Either Neisner's or Grants had a soda fountain and we would get malts and burgers there. The drug store (can't remember the name) also had a fountain. I think there was a Buster Brown shoe store or a shoe store that sold Buster Brown shoes.

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There was a TG & Y in that shopping center on Lawndale at 75th

I remember that store, my grandmother went there alot. Wasn't there a red looking "Wahoo" bar across the street? the bldgs on the diagonal corner are/were the oldest. By the "used to be" donut store "winchells". I like the barber shop strip the best,to the side of TG&Y.

Texas Tapes and Records in Pasadena (close to the intersection of Spencer & Shaver).

Speaking of special smoking items, in the 70's Vertigo, they had it too, so did Soundwaves on Bellfort & Broadway. I only went for albums & cassettes!

That was by the Pasadena Plaza. It was a nicely designed small, very long, spread-out, half-octagon shaped mall. Had a covered circle drive to let passengers out. Was never very busy.

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Who remember the "Tiddy's" store in Pasadena?

It was 'Tiddies,' Mid, and I still have Tiddies' koozies with big breasts silk-screened on them in white. There was nothing like Tiddies, and I also made a pilgrimage to the Tiddies' factory, such that it was......... B)

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Whose ready to write of Continental Airlines as a past airline in Houston?

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Past Shopping Places in Houston That Are No Longer Here.

Name places you can remember.

Anyone remember Robert Hall Clothiers??

My parents took me to one of these to get a suit way back in the early 1960's.

How about Thom McAn Shoes?????

I used to like this store.

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Anyone remember Robert Hall Clothiers??

My parents took me to one of these to get a suit way back in the early 1960's.

How about Thom McAn Shoes?????

I used to like this store.

Yes, I remember them! Moderate price range clothes and shoes for men.

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How about Robert Hall Clothiers???

My parents bought me a suit from here in the early 1960's.

Or Thom McAn Shoe stores??

I used to like this shoe store.

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Henke and Pilot

Don's Record store

Remember Handy Dan home improvement centers?

I worked at Handy Dan off Gessner, and later at one in Dallas

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Past Shopping Places in Houston That Are No Longer Here.

Name places you can remember.

I'm up by Austin now, is Zindlers still there?

Mr. B's in Bellaire

Korner Pantry

Jepco Electronics and Teleradio are gone (Near Bellaire Post office)

Custom HIFI on the strip center inside the loop just before the gas station, after the apartments, near Meyerland plaza

Picadilly cafeteria

Lew's record shop

and I cry missing Westbury Square, what a wonderful place it was.

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Henke and Pilot

Don's Record store

I worked at Handy Dan off Gessner, and later at one in Dallas

On that same tip ... Builders Square. Did they eventually become Home Depot? I remember the colors (orange?) being similar...?

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How about Robert Hall Clothiers???

My parents bought me a suit from here in the early 1960's.

Or Thom McAn Shoe stores??

I used to like this shoe store.

There was a Robert Hall Store in Pasadena on Shaver Street. Right next to my elementary school, South Shaver Elementary.

It was a small bldg which still stands. There was a Shipleys right there also. Right at the end of the shell path which

led into my neighborhood east of Shaver. And across the street was "The Grove", a great place to get a Burger and Root Beer.

Actually the Grove was slightly down from there. There was a drive-in theatre right across from the Shipleys and Robert Hall Store.

We didn't go there much, but I can still remember the inside of the store. Had to be 44 years ago or so. Shortly after that,

they built the first Foleys outside of Houston (I think). It was on Southmore and that's where we did most of our clothes shopping.

How about Robert Hall Clothiers???

My parents bought me a suit from here in the early 1960's.

Or Thom McAn Shoe stores??

I used to like this shoe store.

There was a Thom Mcann Store in Pasadena at the corner of Southmore and Tatar. I saw this shopping center being discussed earlier.

In that L shaped center was a Western Auto, Wyatt's Cafeteria, TSO, Weingartens, Thom McCann, and Oshmans. Probably others I can't

remember. The Sears and Weiners were acorss the street.

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On that same tip ... Builders Square. Did they eventually become Home Depot? I remember the colors (orange?) being similar...?

Builder's Square was/is owned by K-Mart. It and Home Depot are not related.

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The Sears and Weiners were acorss the street.

The Sears was by itself, I went there many times growing up. It was built in the 1950's, actually has an architectural mention in the first Houston Architectural Guide - Papademetriou, Author. The Weiners store was in the same center the other stores you mentioned were.(to the west side of Sears).

Do you remember "Ray's Dime Store"? I believe it was on Richey, in a long strip mall. Had neat toys.

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The Sears was by itself, I went there many times growing up. It was built in the 1950's, actually has an architectural mention in the first Houston Architectural Guide - Papademetriou, Author. The Weiners store was in the same center the other stores you mentioned were.(to the west side of Sears).

Do you remember "Ray's Dime Store"? I believe it was on Richey, in a long strip mall. Had neat toys.

Yes, I remember the Rays on Richey. There was also a discount store in there called Moore's, if I am not mistaken. And then there was Mr. Hamburger a little ways down the street. We ate there frequently.

You jarred my memory on the Weiners. I am now thinking it was between the TSO and Weingartens--in the other shopping center as you pointed out.

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I remember that store, my grandmother went there alot. Wasn't there a red looking "Wahoo" bar across the street? the bldgs on the diagonal corner are/were the oldest. By the "used to be" donut store "winchells". I like the barber shop strip the best,to the side of TG&Y.

Speaking of special smoking items, in the 70's Vertigo, they had it too, so did Soundwaves on Bellfort & Broadway. I only went for albums & cassettes!

That was by the Pasadena Plaza. It was a nicely designed small, very long, spread-out, half-octagon shaped mall. Had a covered circle drive to let passengers out. Was never very busy.

The Texas Tapes & Records in Pasadena was indeed one great record store. I think it was there even up until 1981 or so--maybe a little later.

They had all kinds of rare stuff in there that you couldn't find anywhere else. So did the Soundwaves on Belfort & Broadway. I remember being

blown away by the fact that they had the Beatles LP's on Parlaphone--imported from England. First place I ever saw those for sale in Houston.

And I bought them all of course. Another record store I frequented in those days was Disc Records. There was one at Almeda Mall and probably some others elsewhere.

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Houston Jewelry is the same as it was downtown in the 50's & 60's....jewelry & gifts....before they built the big store out at the end of town at westheimer and gessner when it was just ranch land in the early 70's

Bain & Co....Romney's company was involved in the purchase of United Jewelers from Gordon's Jewelers in the mid 1980's after it was spun off by Bain it failed a few years later and Service took a few of their locations

not a weird name when your last name is Weiner.....they were/are super super nice people...

Joske's did not have a Meyerland location. The large stores there were Meyer Bros, Walter Pyes [which is now Pinto Ranch....] Palais Royal and JC Penny's. Woolworths and a grocery store....

The last time I went to Dillard's I dated myself and mystified my 19-year-old daughter by phoning her to meet me at Joske's.

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The only one I can remember that hasn't been metioned is:

Rice Food Mart it was at the north end of the Globe store across woodridge from Gulfgate. Back then the grocery store had two long metal wheel tracks that when you bought your groceries they would paper bag them stick them in a plastic crate and give them a push and they would roll outside and the attendent would put them in your car when you pulled up to the building. When I was 10 or 11 my friends and I would cross the parking lot, find a wooden board and ride the tracks on sundays when they were closed.

I remember seeing this at Gulfgate. I always thought this was weird.

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Which spot was Marshall Field's in in the Galleria?

Saks Fifth Avenue!

OK, next question: When I was in Houston last, I tried to snap a picture of the former Foley's HQ. Is that it, next to the Mega Millions sign? (apology for the terrible photo)

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So sorry for the screwup in the previous posts...it's late

Here are some; if there are repeats then I am sorry. This has been a long posting -some I've left out like Weingartens, Henke/Pilot, Thom MsCan, Robert Hall...

RETAIL--in Bellaire at the corner of Rice Ave. and Bissonett was a strip center that had George's Barber shop, next to Don's Record shop, next to Betty's Laundramat ( I think that Betty and Don were huisband and wife) This was before Don moved his store...

In Bellaire and other areas around town--Chapman's Young World, T G and Y, Fed Mart stores, JMH grocers, Food Giant grocers, Eagle grocers, Sacco Bros grocers, Handy Andy grocers, Lewis and Coker grocers, Jamail's grocers, Madding's Drugs, Globe stores, Gordon's Jewelers, Battlestein's, Sakowitz, Kress variety stores, Kresge's variety stores, Weiner's clothing stores, Sage stores, W. Bell Discount catalog stores, Wonder Fabric, Woolco stores, Woolworth's variety, Playhouse Toys, World Toys and Gifts in the Village, Bert Lynn Music, Jones Apothecaries, Levitt's Furniture, Crossroads Furniture, Eckerd's Drugs... that should do for a while...old age you know!!

AIRLINES-- National, Eastern, Muse, Braniff, TWA, TTA ( Trans Texas or aka Tree Top Airlines) they had a horrible crash near Centerville, if I remember, in the late 50s or early 60s. A classmate's father was killed in that crash.

RESTAURANTS are a separate post...

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So sorry for the screwup in the previous posts...it's late

Here are some; if there are repeats then I am sorry. This has been a long posting -some I've left out like Weingartens, Henke/Pilot, Thom MsCan, Robert Hall...

RETAIL--in Bellaire at the corner of Rice Ave. and Bissonett was a strip center that had George's Barber shop, next to Don's Record shop, next to Betty's Laundramat ( I think that Betty and Don were huisband and wife) This was before Don moved his store...

In Bellaire and other areas around town--Chapman's Young World, T G and Y, Fed Mart stores, JMH grocers, Food Giant grocers, Eagle grocers, Sacco Bros grocers, Handy Andy grocers, Lewis and Coker grocers, Jamail's grocers, Madding's Drugs, Globe stores, Gordon's Jewelers, Battlestein's, Sakowitz, Kress variety stores, Kresge's variety stores, Weiner's clothing stores, Sage stores, W. Bell Discount catalog stores, Wonder Fabric, Woolco stores, Woolworth's variety, Playhouse Toys, World Toys and Gifts in the Village, Bert Lynn Music, Jones Apothecaries, Levitt's Furniture, Crossroads Furniture, Eckerd's Drugs... that should do for a while...old age you know!!

AIRLINES-- National, Eastern, Muse, Braniff, TWA, TTA ( Trans Texas or aka Tree Top Airlines) they had a horrible crash near Centerville, if I remember, in the late 50s or early 60s. A classmate's father was killed in that crash.

RESTAURANTS are a separate post...

Don and Betty were a married couple. Technically, he owned the Record Shop and she owned the Laundromat. They were good friends of my boyfriend and fam when I was 18. Lovely people all around. Much, oh, so much later in my 50's, my husband I were searching for some old 1950's jazz recordings and went to Don's newer shop around 1997. Lo and behold there Don was, still in charge and had or could order every single thing I wanted to replace my long, lost 33 1/3's These excellent "Mom & Pop" businesses will never be matched.

Mading's in the Village became Eckerd's, which now is CVS, if that location is still in existence. Yes, I recognized all the shops you mentioned and frequented most of them!

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AIRLINES-- National, Eastern, Muse, Braniff, TWA, TTA ( Trans Texas or aka Tree Top Airlines) they had a horrible crash near Centerville, if I remember, in the late 50s or early 60s. A classmate's father was killed in that crash.

Be sure to do a search for InterContinental Airport topic and past airlines that flew in there when it opened. My big sister was a Stewardess for Eastern Airlines for a few years. The airport was new and seemed humongous even then! :D

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AIRLINES-- National, Eastern, Muse, Braniff, TWA, TTA ( Trans Texas or aka Tree Top Airlines) they had a horrible crash near Centerville, if I remember, in the late 50s or early 60s. A classmate's father was killed in that crash.

You have the time and place correct, but I believe the plane was a Braniff Lockheed Electra. There were several crashes involving the Electra. There was talk of the wings falling off. I believe they did determine that there was severe vibration that was too extreme for the short, straight wings on that aircraft and may have contributed to a structural failure. I had the pleasure of making my first commercial flight from Houston to Dallas on an Electra in that time-frame. White knuckles all the way.

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Does anyone remember Margo's LaMode? I had a credit card from that store! It was semi-upscale and in larger malls.

I used to shop there all the time at the one in Memorial City. I always believed that it was a more upscale version of Craigs - owned by the same people - but I could be wrong.

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Sakowitz

Weingartens

U-Tote-'M

Joske's

Best

Federated Electronics

Woolco

Does anyone remember A&P supermarkets? I can vaguely remember going to one in the early 60s when I was a kid. I remember they gave PLAID trading stamps. Maybe if someone has access to a Houston Yellow Pages book, they can look up where they were located. I could probably pinpoint the one I went to way back then. It was between 1960-65.

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Does anyone remember A&P supermarkets? I can vaguely remember going to one in the early 60s when I was a kid. I remember they gave PLAID trading stamps. Maybe if someone has access to a Houston Yellow Pages book, they can look up where they were located. I could probably pinpoint the one I went to way back then. It was between 1960-65.

Here is a list from 1956:

General Offices: 7800 Washington

Stores:

5006 Bellaire

2420 Crawford

2900 Luell

6735 Richmond

813 E. Shaw (Pasadena)

2930 S. Shepherd

4965 South Park (MLK)

5305 Telephone

8213 Long Point

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I think there's still an old A&P building on South Post Oak, just outside the loop. They were red brick with a roof that peaked in the middle, capped with a weathercock on top.

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The Randall's at Dairy Ashford @ Memorial used to be a Handy Andy.

Safeway was across Dairy Ashford where HEB is now.

TG&Y was where Sandy's Produce Market is now, on I-10 between Dairy Ashford and Kirkwood. That was a KMart, as well, after being TG&Y.

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The Randall's at Dairy Ashford @ Memorial used to be a Handy Andy.

Safeway was across Dairy Ashford where HEB is now.

TG&Y was where Sandy's Produce Market is now, on I-10 between Dairy Ashford and Kirkwood. That was a KMart, as well, after being TG&Y.

Handy Andy, how was that different from Handy Dan? Was it a grocery store?

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Here is a list from 1956:

General Offices: 7800 Washington

Stores:

5006 Bellaire

2420 Crawford

2900 Luell

6735 Richmond

813 E. Shaw (Pasadena)

2930 S. Shepherd

4965 South Park (MLK)

5305 Telephone

8213 Long Point

Thanks. The one closest to where we lived was the one at 5305 Telephone, so that's probably the one.

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Handy Andy, how was that different from Handy Dan? Was it a grocery store?

Yes, based in San Antonio and a somewhat more upscale store than HEB was back then. There was a store at Voss at San Felipe, where the Randall's Flagship is now.

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I recently saw a b/w photo that had a "Lee Optical" store/ neon sign in it...remember that one? It was bright yellow/ with little round eye glasses w/ it.

I miss those old neon signs, they had nice colors, not like the boring ones now. The Gulf Frwy car dealership with the rocket was cool. I was always curious about those blinking arrow signs (with bulbs blinking one after the other), pointing to the store (usually a liquor store).

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Yes, based in San Antonio and a somewhat more upscale store than HEB was back then. There was a store at Voss at San Felipe, where the Randall's Flagship is now.

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My brother worked at the Handy Andy at Gesner and Westheimer during the 70s; he made great money in tips. I think they are still around in San Antonio.

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I recently saw a b/w photo that had a "Lee Optical" store/ neon sign in it...remember that one? It was bright yellow/ with little round eye glasses w/ it.

I miss those old neon signs, they had nice colors, not like the boring ones now. The Gulf Frwy car dealership with the rocket was cool. I was always curious about those blinking arrow signs (with bulbs blinking one after the other), pointing to the store (usually a liquor store).

I just remembered another neon sign, there was a convenience store in the downtown area, close to St. Josephs that was called Baby Giant. Used to see it from Pierce Elevated. It had red or orange dynomite sticks (or firecrackers) cracked in half, blinking.

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I just remembered another neon sign, there was a convenience store in the downtown area, close to St. Josephs that was called Baby Giant. Used to see it from Pierce Elevated. It had red or orange dynomite sticks (or firecrackers) cracked in half, blinking.

Are you talking about St. Joseph Hospital? I was in there when I was four years old. Would you happen to know the street address of it?

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Sakowitz

Weingartens

U-Tote-'M

Joske's

Best

Federated Electronics

Woolco

Yes, a website called "deadmalls.com" had a link to "wikipedia.org" which listed all of the defunct/out of business stores. Those stores were listed. When I was a teenager I remember getting a Steppenwolf record at Woolco and two suits at Joske's. With the exception of Weingarten's and U-Tote-Um, I've never been to any of the others.

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Are you talking about St. Joseph Hospital? I was in there when I was four years old. Would you happen to know the street address of it?

Yes, hospital... address of which one?

There is a neat link to retail history here, shows some interesting products & their logos. (but not a lot of actual local bldgs.)

link: http://cruisecloseouts.com/

for example: http://cruisecloseouts.com/Woolworth.htm

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Yes, hospital... address of which one?

There is a neat link to retail history here, shows some interesting products & their logos. (but not a lot of actual local bldgs.)

link: http://cruisecloseouts.com/

for example: http://cruisecloseouts.com/Woolworth.htm

I don't know the name of the street. All I remember is being in St. Joseph's Hospital. I remember a nurse giving me a big plastic syringe. I filled it with water and I squirted my dad with it.

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I don't know the name of the street. All I remember is being in St. Joseph's Hospital. I remember a nurse giving me a big plastic syringe. I filled it with water and I squirted my dad with it.

1401 Pierce Ave. St. Joseph Hospital - Cullen Family Bldg.

1902-1920 La Branch St. St. Joseph Hospital - Maternity & Children's Bldg.

One or more of these bldgs. have been altered in some way. Maybe someone can give an update...the site of one bldg. is now a nice little landscaped park area with a waterfall (may have been where the old maternity ward was). I especially liked those wrap-around windows on the corners of it (I believe that is a feature of art-modern architecture). The ornamentation was beautiful, as well. Hated to see that bldg. fall. It was quite unique.

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Yup, they were around in the early 90s. Alot of those buildings are still around. My moms lives near one on Blackhawk in Friendswood.

Anyone mention Appletree.

Eagle

Lewis and Coker

Safeway

Albertsons

Levitz

Rice

Gerlands

Kmart

Federated

Globe

Weingarten's

Weiners

http://www.courttv.com/news/hiddentraces/h...ress_page1.html Levitz heiress dissapeared

Safeway is Randalls

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Saw this sign for CMC Stereo Super Center in front of City Centre (Town & Country), I remember these store all over the city in the 80's. The EZ Tag store had its sign over it up until a few months ago.

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Does anyone remember Jamail's Grocery Store? I think it was on Kirby. My brother used to work there in the late 80s/early 90s when he was a student at Lamar.

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Does anyone remember Jamail's Grocery Store? I think it was on Kirby. My brother used to work there in the late 80s/early 90s when he was a student at Lamar.

It was where the car wash is now. I was never actually in that place, but I think it had a very good reputation.

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It was where the car wash is now. I was never actually in that place, but I think it had a very good reputation.

Strange, I seem to recal Jamail's being on the other side of Kirby Dr. the east side at W.Alabama about where, and possibly the same building as Whole Earth Foods, directly accross W.Alabama from Dominion Jaguar.

I also remember another Jamail's grocery store on S.Shepherd at Avalon in a building now housing Petco and Richard's wines.

Of course I could be mistaken since I was not then or now wealthy enough to consider that area of town home, just a passerby.

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Can we add Finger Furniture to the list? I know the company basically switched from "Fingers" to "Ashley".

The Fingers giant store on I-45 just south of downtown was built on the site of the "Buff" stadium. Inside Fingers was a sports memorabilia (museum) area, and the location of the home plate of the Buff baseball diamond.

I hope the museum items went back to safekeeping.

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