Years Active: 1851-2005
Wares: Clothing, footwear, furniture, bedding, jewelry, beauty products, housewares
Every part of the country had a different department store huddled at one end the mall, a place for back-to-school clothes shopping with grandma's spending money, with choices that wouldn't offend the sensibilities of the 'rents. For the Midwest, that store was Lazarus. It's since been folded into Macy's. But perhaps you copped your first girlfriend a terrible piece of jewelery here, or made Dad proud when you picked out a large, unflattering sweater for your mother right before the holidays. Stores that accommodate people when they have no idea what they're buying/what style is—where have they gone?