The Crescent, Spokane, Washington


View of The Crescent from a 1974 Ad after the store was enlarged and remodeled for Expo '74

Earlier view of The Crescent from the Wall Street side

The Crescent  (Spokane Dry Goods Co.)
Riverside, Main & Wall
Spokane, Washington


DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY (426,000 sq.ft.)
Street Floor
Accessories • Notions • Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Handbags • Wonderful World of Cosmetics • Hat Bar • Cosmetic Accessories Scarves • Blouses • Hosiery • Gloves • Lingerie • Fashion Footwear • Miss Spokane Sportswear • Candy • Gourmet Shop • Flower Stall • Cameras • Shavers • Stationary • Adult Games • The Answer Shop • Books
Store for Men Men’s Clothing • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Accessories • Men’s Furnishings • Boy’s Shop

Second Floor
Sportswear • Active Sportswear • Midway Shop • 7/15 Shop • Dress Salon • Young Moderns Sportswear • Young Moderns Shoes • Millinery • New Dimensions • House & Town Shop • Fur Salon • Better Coats • Shoe Salon • Leisure Square •Intimate Fashions •  Infants’ Wear • Toddlers’ Wear • Children’s & Teens’ Shoes • Little Sister Shop • Little Brother Shop • Children’s Accessories • Children’s Furniture

Third Floor
Third Floor Dresses • Third Floor Sportswear • Trendsetter Shop • Town & Travel Shop • Career & Casual Shop • The Women’s Shop • Designer Collection • Pacesetter • Young Spokane Sportswear • Young Spokane Dresses • Young Spokane Coats • JR. Dimensions • Junior High Shop • Fabrics •  Luggage • Fabrics • Woolens • White-Elna Sewing Center • Needlework • Bedding & Linens • Table Linens • Bath Shop •  Closet Shop • Floor Coverings • Sporting Goods • Ski Shop

Fourth Floor
China • Glassware • Fine Glassware • Silverware •  Fine Silver • Gift Shop • The Pewter Shop • Housewares • Small Appliances • Hoover Center • Records • Lamps • Clocks • Hardware • Sound Equipment • Garden Shop

Fifth Floor
Furniture • Mattresses • Draperies • Pictures • Toys

Sixth Floor
Auditorium • The Tea Room • Men’s Grill • The Bakery


BRANCH STORES

Northtown (1961)
91,000 sq.ft.





University City (1969)
104,000 sq.ft.

7 comments:

  1. We used to vacation in Spokane when I was a kid in the 70's travelling down from Edmonton, Alberta. I remember the downtown Crescent store from a holiday in 1972. Very "All American" at the time so unlike the dowdy Canuck stores of the day. It used to have a suspended four sided clock on the main floor that Spokanites would always rendevous at "Meet me at the Clock in the Crescent" Always will remember that store.

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  2. I collect vintage clothes and accessories (and I currently live in Spokane) so I have a number of hats and purses from the Crescent stores. It's neat to see what they looked like back in the day!

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  3. A friend of mine owns the old telephone switchboard. Does anyone want to buy it?

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  4. As a child form the 70's i remember the Christmas toy displays and the mini monorail over the fifth floor toy area.

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  5. I worked at the Crescent back in the '60's. I started out in the Drapery and Curtain Dept and then moved to the Display Department--we won national display awards! Our Christmas and Spring displays transformed the whole first floor into wonderlands! We had an unlimited budget, full-time carpenters and painters and our boss (Hib Bender)kept us in line and striving for perfection. Russell Bishop was my best friend and worked on the 2nd floor.

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    1. Wow., my mom used to work there in the second floor shoes. Did you know Vivian Felix. ? A neighbor John Cobb worked in display for years also...ring any bells?

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  6. Gary N Mellstrom19 February, 2014 23:24

    My Grandfather started the tailor shop in the crescent some time around 1900 and retired in the 1950's. My father told me it was a tent when he started it. I remember visiting him as a child in the 40's & 50's with my mother. His name Charles O. Mellstrom

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