I can remember time just going downtown!
You had a dress up for you in if you’re just going shopping or restaurant you have to dress up the women and children mostly.
Women with their hats on their white gloves holding their children’s hand walking down the street going from store to store even if you just went to the five and ten snack bar you still had to dress up!
I think that changed. Around the late 60s dressing up wasn’t such a big deal as it once was. The dress casual it was the psychedelic generation and hippies and free love! Even the hippies didn’t even dare to venture downtown for anything except for maybe making there public transportation connections.
To me even as a kid! Every time my mom went to go and pay the mortgage on the house. Every Saturday I always went in to Cleveland City Hall and I was in such awe at the interior of Cleveland City Hall!
I somehow remember a huge picture Washington on the snare drummer in the guy with the flute portrait. They have an exhibit where it would highlight the city of Cleveland water department unto me that was always exciting in its own way.
For me the best time was around lunch time! You could smell the food from the various five and ten snack bars. I can remember WT Grant company they always had hot dogs but they always somehow toast the buns.
The one thing I could not understand? Was that the FW Woolworth store their snack bar the servers behind the counter every time they would for a glass of water by a spoon and just stir the water?
There were two cafeterias when was called The Mills restaurant the food was great!
The other ones are fourm cafeteria. Cafeteria food was already for their customers to order with me being as young as I was I always ordered two of the same thing. I would get snickering looks from the women who serve the food. And they would always tell me: “save some for the other customers!” still to this day I cannot figure out why one cafeteria wasn’t really the same as the other food were the same it’s just the servers behind the forum cafeteria again in my previous post I talked about loyalty and dedication=job security!
I remember my mom and I had breakfast at 2 of the 3 Marshall drug store locations in downtown Cleveland.
It even was a big thing back then! Just about every drug store always had a snack bar where you can get your basic hot dog, hamburger, cheese burgers, fries & course of glass of Coke!
Up until about the mid-to-late 60s going downtown to me as a kid! It always seemed me something special just short of an event!
I will not ever! In the wintertime forget the hard brutally cold air that would make its way around West 6th Street off of lake Erie and And Prospect Avenue and Ontario Street. Even East 9th st.started from lake Erie and the cold air will be there as well!
Department store Christmas showcase window decorations mechanical dolls they are! And the city went out of its way to decorate its lamp posts as well!ore importantly was getting that Christmas gift after seeing Santa.There was discount records on records rendezvous Prospect and on Euclid Avenue. Higbees have their record department. I don’t still recalled May Company having a record department kresge’s had one WT grant did not. Those were the only ones that ever sold vinyl records.
The one of the two anchor stores the higbee company and the May Company pulled out! Slowly but surely everyone else did! It took a while for the parent company Neiman Marcus to close up the Halle Brothers stores.
And that only left downtown Cleveland strictly for businesses!