Gimbels

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A last look inside the old King Dr. Schuster's / Gimbels before rehab begins

Published April 12, 2019

Thanks to a partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the beautiful Kirchhoff & Rose-designed building at King and Garfield is getting a makeover and new use. Today we went inside for one last look before the conversion begins.

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Important new partnership will restore King Dr. Schuster's building

Published March 26, 2019

The former Schuster's department store building on the corner of King Drive and Garfield Avenue - the long-covered facade of which was tantalizingly revealed, briefly, a few years ago - will be renovated, and its facade restored thanks to a new partnership announced this morning.

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Kooky Cooky House creates magical holiday memories

Published Dec. 4, 2017

Capitol Court shopping center opened in 1956 at the intersection of Capitol Drive, 60th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue. But when you ask people what they remember about it, they rarely talk about the stores. They'll talk to you at great length about the Kooky Cooky House.

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14 reasons you used to come Downtown in the '80s

Published July 26, 2017

Downtown Milwaukee has changed over the years. Here are a few things that have departed the landscape in the city center. If you remember them, there's a pretty good chance you spent a lot of time Downtown in the 1980s.

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Urban spelunking: Tower Theater

Published Feb. 18, 2016

Next time you're at the Oriental, take a good look around. Imagine the loss if it were to close. If the seats were ripped out. If the balcony were to be walled off. If you did all that, you'd have the theater's sibling, The Tower, 757 N. 27th St., which closed in 1975.

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Meet the Gunnis sisters: Milwaukee indie record shop pioneers

Published June 10, 2015

When Helen and Stella Gunnis opened their own record store in Milwaukee during the Depression, people said they were nuts. But within a couple years, those critics changed their tune, and the business endured for 22 years.

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Historical Society opens two new shows

Published Feb. 17, 2015

As the Milwaukee County Historical Society's own neighborhood is likely set to change soon with the addition of a new arena nearby, the museum - located at 910 N. Old World 3rd St. - launches a new exhibition, called "Pride in Place: Milwaukee's Architecture and Built Environment," which runs through April 10. Another show focuses on a century of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

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Gift the gift of Wisconsin history

Published Dec. 9, 2012

For some folks in your life, there's nothing that says Happy Holidays like the gift of a good book. And if that book is about Wisconsin, even better, right? Here are some Wisconsin stocking stuffers for the Badger on your list.

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Geenen relives the glory days of Schuster's and Gimbels

Published Nov. 25, 2012

As the holiday season dawned last year, author Michael Lisicky conjured the heyday of Milwaukee's Downtown shopping culture with "Gimbels Has It!." Now, the same publisher has issued Paul Geenan's "Schuster's & Gimbels: Milwaukee's Beloved Department Stores," which charts the course of Brew City's two legendary retailers and recounts their eventual merger.

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"Gimbels Has It!" recalls old Milwaukee holiday cheer

Published Nov. 27, 2011

Michael J. Lisicky's new book, "Gimbels Has It!," now out in paperback from The History Press, is perfectly timed. It arrives as many Milwaukeeans are likely feeling a pang of nostalgia for what was once the gem of the city's shopping scene.