What began as Foley Brother's Dry Goods Company at 400 Main Street in 1900 and acquired by Federated Department Stores in 1947, moving them in to the lush pad at 1110 Main Street, ended on Sunday, September 22, 2013.
There's a case to be made for banning cars and trucks from downtown Main Street.
About a month ago, I happen to acquire $25 in "Zaza Bucks", the official currency of the nation of Hotel Zaza. Although Zaza Bucks were designed to encourage guests to "stay and play," that is, use said money poolside, at ZaSpa, on room service, etc., I decided to use my voucher (not redeemable fo ... More >>
Local blogger Kyle Nielsen put together an essay for the folks at Houston Tomorrow, partly to discuss the tragic death of a young cyclist, who was run over by a Metro train this week, but also to cover the issues with general mobility of vehicles and pedestrians in downtown. I am normally skeptical ... More >>
This post is not about eating and drinking in the bathroom. There is no shame is sipping a glass of wine during a luxurious bubble bath or taking advantage of a mounted television a swanky hotel's powder room to snack on some cheetos while watching Deadliest Catch and tweaking your eyeliner. What ... More >>
It started out as a Foley's turned into a Macy's and ended up a sad, empty hulk in the middle of downtown. The big blank block that served as a downtown department store for almost 66 years closed down over the weekend. We listed six oddities you may not have known about the store (A fallout shelt ... More >>
It's a sad sight walking by the downtown Macy's these days -- a cheap-ass "Going Out Of Business" hangs from its walls, and if you go inside you'll find few floors open and everything -- even the fixtures -- on sale. It's an undignified ending for the old store, which opened as a Foley's in 1947. ... More >>
According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, the store those of us who grew up in Houston knew as Foley's downtown since it opened in 1947 will be shutting its doors as part of a move by Macy's to close underperforming stores. It will begin a clearance sale on January 7 that will run for about ... More >>
As part of Downtown Houston's annual Holiday Spectacular, Macy's is bringing 15-foot candy cane with a 4-foot hanging piece of mistletoe to Houston for a five-stop tour. Beware ladies, creepsters all over town will no doubt be doubling-down to somehow get your unsuspecting ass under this thing to g ... More >>
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually between September 15t and October 15 as a celebration of the positive cultural impact Hispanic and Latino Americans contribute to this country. This year, guitarist Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana was honored by Macy's as the Hispanic ... More >>
The Houston International Festival enters its second weekend tomorrow, with featured musical acts WAR, Joe Louis Walker, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Texas Tornados, Del Castillo, Steel Pulse and lots more. Although iFest's performers come from all over the world, all around the main stages will be the sig ... More >>
Wrapping up Houston's holiday shows.
Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Decanters by Riedel take wine service to a higher level of aesthetic pleasure. If you're ever invited to dine in someone's home in France, please don't bring a bottle of wine. Nothing will spur a French host to recoil in abject dishonor and displeasure than the gift of ... More >>
Houston's own Men's Wearhouse has announced that after almost 40 years in charge -- and almost that long bedeviling TV viewers -- George Zimmer is stepping down as CEO. Zimmer started the company in Houston in 1973, and now blankets America with his "You're going to like the way you look; I guarant ... More >>
Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston musicians who remembers "Mrs. Cullum"At a local blues j ... More >>
Each Wednesday (or Thursday), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically ... More >>
The doors!! They are closing!!Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>
Houston's theater scene offers a tasty sampler of holiday treats.
Goodbye paper books, hello Facebook.
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. "Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bun B feat. Yo Gotti Wire to Wire That Trae vs. The Box situat ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightThe enormous crowd in the parking lot of the Catholic Charismatic Center, just south of downtown, began to thin out at about noon as people headed for the streets, or school buses, to make their way across I-45 to protest the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic (it hasn't ... More >>
Yes, Susan, there is a Santa Claus
Today is Cyber Monday, a special day drummed up by the National Retail Federation to trick people into thinking there's some special reason people should shop online today, as opposed to yesterday. Or two weeks from now. The Federation's idea was to drive people to www.CyberMonday.com, which f ... More >>
If ever there was a day to come downtown, it would be today -- there's no freaking traffic, the stores aren't packed with the Black Friday madness of a Pearland Target, and you can get around for free.The Houston Downtown Management District is reviving the free trolley that used to be such a ... More >>
Photo by J.C. ReidA visitor to Macy's at Memorial City Mall last Wednesday would have been surprised at the more than 100 people -- many of them young women -- lined up in the Kitchen and Home area. Were the Jonas Brothers endorsing a line of tableware? No, but it was a rock star of sorts -- ... More >>
The back cover of U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon.If you want to make sure you get tickets to U2's 360 Tour stop at Reliant Stadium October 14, your best shot is to sign up at www.reliantpark.com for the presale going on from now until 5 p.m. Thursday. Once you're registered, you'll ... More >>
Annoyed because you're not able to stand in long, long lines for the Obama inaugural?Why not wait in long, long lines for free make-up?As a result of a court settlement, several of the nation's fancier chain stores -- including ones in Houston -- are giving away free make-up in order to "make up" (h ... More >>
You have just a few shopping hours left, but if you still haven't done all of your Christmas shopping, Hair Balls has a few suggestions. Aquarium World Yeah, walking in with a goldfish in one of those little plastic bags might be really lame, but the folks at Aquarium World can hook you up with a re ... More >>
Thanksgiving and Macy's have always gone hand in hand. And this turkey season, one former local Macy's employee has an extra reason to be thankful. She recently settled a lawsuit against the retail giant claiming members of management at the Baybrook Mall store were running a theft ring ... More >>
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your yule log.
Macy's Impulse party is all about chic shopping
Theater LaB and Atomic Cafe take us from a Squeamish religious sect to drinks with cannibals
Main Street should place Cole Porter's Jubilee back on its dusty shelf