For many Cleveland residents of the 1950s and 1960s, it just wouldn't have been Christmas without a trip downtown to shop at Higbee's Department Store at Public Square. For many families, it was a special occasion, worth dressing up for. Not only did you get to look at all of the elegant merchandise, but you got to view the animated store windows (worthy of anything Macy's could produce) and have lunch at the Silver Grille.
The former Higbee's Department Store space is now home to Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.
The casino has kept many of the architectural details that made Higbee's so special, such as the high ceilings and wrought-iron banisters. They have also dug out a few of the old department store decorations (plus added a few of their own) to decorate the building for the holidays. It's a delightful mixture of old and new.