12 Photos Showcasing The Era Of Cleveland’s Department Store Empire

Back in the day, window shopping came with a certain sort of excitement. Trips to Downtown Cleveland or the heart of its suburbs included bundling up to stave off that Lake Erie breeze, then visiting a number of department stores for clothing, housewares, gifts, and more. At that time, Downtown Cleveland’s department stores made up one of the largest retail districts in the nation. Of course, by the turn of the century, most of these stores existed only in memory. Take a trip back in time with these photos from Greater Cleveland’s shopping scene of yesteryear:

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Downtown Cleveland’s department stores are gone but not forgotten. Which was your favorite to shop at? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments!

Want to keep traveling down memory lane? Check out even more photos of long-gone department stores for an added dose of nostalgia.