Merry Christmas from History Goes Bump!
The movie was directed by Bob Clark and based on the stories of Jean Shepherd, whom also narrates the movie. The store that was used for several scenes in the movie was a well known store by the name of Higbee's in Cleveland, Ohio. The store was named after Edwin Converse Higbee who began his traverse into stores with the Hower and Higbee Dry Goods store he opened with a partner. After the death of his partner, the store name changed to Higbee Company. The new department store known simply as Higbee's, opened in September of 1932 in the Terminal Tower Complex. It was the first department store in the area and had twelve floors with an elegant restaurant, The Silver Grille, on the tenth floor. Higbee's was known for its elaborate Christmas displays and was a major part of the golden age of department stores, which are nearly a thing of the past now. In the 1960s, the store underwent a renovation adding magnificent crystal chandeliers to the front entrance aisle. The 60s also saw the Higbee brand expand into six stores. In 1992, Higbee's was bought by Dilliard's and then eventually closed for good in 2002. It was the last department store in the area at that time.