Strouss-Hirshberg Co., Youngstown, Ohio



Youngstown's Dependable Store since 1875

Strouss-Hirshberg Co. (Strouss') (1875)
14-28 West Federal Street
Youngstown, Ohio

RI 7-2011


DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY

Lower Floor
Strouss' Budget Store • Drugs

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry • Clocks • Better Jewelry • Costume Jewelry • Cosmetics • Handbags • Gloves • Small Leather Goods • Fashion Accessories • Hosiery • Hat Bar • Wig Bar • Top Shop • Career Sportswear • Notions • Stationery • Shoe Box • Gift Gazebo • Candy and Delicacies • Men's Accessories • Men's Furnishings • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats • Men's Sportswear • Men's Suits • Men's Coats • Court Shop

Mezzanine
Book Shop • Records • Cameras • Luggage • Sporting Goods • Radio and Televisions • Appliances • Boys' Shop • Young Men's Shop • Preps • The Jean Machine • Jean Sardou Photo Studio • Optometrist

Second Floor
Lingerie • Night Lingerie • Loungewear • Foundations • Daytime Dresses • House 'n Town Shop • Boulevard Dresses • Career Shoes • Infantswear • Childrenswear • Boys' 4 to 7 • Girls' 3 to 6x • Girls' 7 to 14 • Young Jrs.' Shops • Children's Accessories • Young Jrs.' Shoes • Children's Shoes • Toys • Fashion Fabrics • Notions • Artneedle • White Sewing Center • Coiffures Americana Beauty Salon • Tourneur Salon • Town Hall Auditorium

Third Floor
Sportswear • Women's World • Coats • Career Coats • Car Coats • Suits • Pavillion Shop • Pavillion Coats • Village Casuals • Career Corner • Stroussport • Point-of-View • Weekending • Bridal and Formal • Forecast Salon • Fur Salon • Millinery • Wig Salon • Shoe Salon • Boot Salon • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Canned Ego • Strouss' World Travel Services

Fourth Floor
Furniture • Sleep Shop • Pennsylvania House Gallery • Decorating Studio • Summer Furniture • Carpet • Draperies • Nettle Creek Shop • Trim-the-Home Shop • Western Reserve Dining Room

Fifth Floor
China • Gifts • The Candle Shop • Silver • Glassware • Bridal Registry • Mirrors • Pictures • Lamps • Linens • Bedding • Bath Shop

Sixth Floor
Housewares • Small Appliances • Kitchen Boutique • Gourmet Shop • Bar Shop • Paints • Wallpapers • Garden Shop • The 4 Seasons Shop


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47 comments:

  1. Does anybody remember the Christmas display Snowman that was downtown Strouss in Younstown in the 1960-1970's?? What was his name??? We have the pics of the Santa that was there for many years and I used to remember the Snowmans name and I cant remember it now. Someone used to sit inside and talk to the kids.

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  2. "A Christmas you can believe in is Christmas at Strouss your Merry Christmas store"

    "With you in mind we have the smiles to start each day we have the styles for you to say that Strouss has you in mind"

    Just a few of the radio jingles to remember.

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  3. Does anyone remember the malt ice cream sold at Strouss in the basement level?

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    1. Yes I do that was sooo good. A hot dog and a malt. And I don't even like hot dogs that much but those were great

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  4. Strouss Malts...yum!

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  5. Yes, I can still taste the Strouss Malts. Does anyone have any information on it. Please

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  6. The Strouss Malt machine was purchased when The Downtown Yo store was closed and has been making its appearance at the Canfield Fair annually yum!

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  7. Thank you for the info about the Canfield Fair....will be attending that this year just to get the Strouss Malt....

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  8. 1974 Christmas Raggady Ann and Andy on a rocking horse. CHRISTMAS IS LOVE.. won major awards for display

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  9. Strouss malts can be found at Mahoning County Fair in Canfield every year. They are great!

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  10. where can I find the malts at the fair?

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  11. I have two Strouss Hirshberg hat boxes; one in decent shape, the other in halfway decent shape. Does anyone know where I might sell them?? Thanks.

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  12. I have a 3/4 chocolate mink coat that says The strouss-Hirshberg co,anyone know where I could sell this,,It is in pristine condition! marla@neo.rr.com

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  13. Wasn't there a store in Youngstown called Shenks or Shanks. Does anyone remember it?

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  14. The grill on the' first floor Commerce Street side of the downtown Youngstown Strouss-Hirshberg flagship store was a bustling place that served an excellent counter lunch. The store and downtown were once dynamic places in my youth. Alas, Youngstown has fallen on difficult times!

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  15. I have a fur coat from the store. Does anyone know what it might be worth?

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  16. I work for STROUSS Austintowm for 9 yr from 1978
    till 1986 when the lock the doors on all stores
    an never reopen

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  17. My grandfather purchased a Maxfield Parrish print of Ecstasy sometime during the 1940's. There is a Strouss Hirshberg Co gold sticker on the reverse side. Did this store have a well-known art section during that period?

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  18. I can't answer that question with specificity, but you could browse through the Youngstown Vindicator online at Google News Archives, in order to see if there are any ads for such a thing.

    Bruce

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  19. does anyone have a recipe for chocolate chiffon cake with choc drip glaze on top from downtown Strouss' bakery on i think the 2nd floor?

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  20. My Mom, Amy (Kern)Winger worked at Strouss downtown Youngstown around 1955-1958. She was a stenographer and did data processing. She fed cards with holes punched into a computer which was as big as a room and weighed a ton. What a difference from the hand held computers, pocket sized calculators and I PADS etc of today! Technology has come a long way. She now lives in Conneaut Ohio. I think I will take her for a drive down memory lane for a Mothers's Day gift. A gift that can't be bought at a store or on line.

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  21. Wasn't the Western Reserve Room on the fourth floor?

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  22. Does anyone have the recipe for the peanut butter balls that Strouss sold in their candy department on the Mezzanine?

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  23. I am almost certain there was a Strouss' Department Store in Liberty Plaza in Liberty (suburb of Youngstown). Can anyone confirm this? I recently drove by the plaza and it has been torn down and replaced with big box retail.

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  24. The Strouss Malt machine was purchased when The Downtown Yo store was closed and has been making its appearance at the Canfield Fair. I understand you can buy it somewhere around Poland. Does ayone know where??

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  25. could someone just get the malt recipe? I live in Columbus and have been dying for one of those malts for years. My grandmother had worked for Strouss in the receiving depart for many years. I have her beautiful coats with her name and Strouss' name in it. I get so many compliments when I wear these antique coats with hat and gloves and purse to match. I sure do miss that store!.PP

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  26. "Anonomous" - yes, there was a Strouss at Liberty Plaza. I lived on Euclid, 2 blocks away and would walk or ride my bike to the Liberty Plaza many times a day in the summer just for something to do. Strouss was on the side of the plaza where Montgomery Wards and the movie theater was. I moved away in the 1970s, I hadn't been home for years, came home and went past The Liberty Plaza and didn't recognize it as I knew it.

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  27. Hi I was wondering if anyone knows about a flamingo water painting and if I could get a price check or an idea of how to get ahold of someone that could help me on value. Please contact me at kurtdawg91@aol.com

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  28. My grandfather did the window store displays for the downtown Youngstown department store before and after the war. We have a box of some the of display designs and national awards he received. We'd be happy to provide copies for the archives. Who should we contact?

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  29. As my daughter just commented, my father, Earle Pratt was the display director at Strouss for may years. He did ther floor layout for New Castle, Austintown and Southern Park. I would go to town every weekend and ride the elevator up past the 6th loor to the display department. There MaryAnn would use the manual machine to print out all the store's signs. Al Very would hand paint the word Strouss on them since the machine was not capable of printing cursive. Eddie Kline worked in the paint department. Twice a year my father would leave town going to Chicago and New York City to buy displays for all the stores. As for the malts- I loved the origional malts when they were sold under the stairs in the basement. After it was moved from there I feel the malts changed to include what we know today as a malted milkball flavor. I have several photographs, ribbons and awards, both national and international that my father won for his window displays. My mother, Mary Jane Peterson Pratt worked in the squares on the first floor where she met my father. I can be contacted at themothermold@yahoo.com Linda Pratt Joyce

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  30. Hello Linda and Daughter!

    Have you seen the recent book on Strouss'? Perhaps you could contact the author via The History Press and he could direct you to an appropriate place.

    Good luck; wonderful memories!

    Bruce

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  31. I get the "pleasure" of working in the building every day as it currently stands. The building has undergone several changes from what it originally looked like and several of the floors have been abandoned and have come to be in a very dilapidated state. The 7th and 8th floors are completely unused as well as the basement. Most areas that are unused are blocked off and inhabitable. Would have been interesting to see what the building looked like in its "heyday"

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  32. There was a Strouss location in Ashtabula, Ohio back in the late 1970's. It was small but pleasant. When did it closed?

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  33. I now live in CA but grew up living on Goldie Rd,our backyard was adjacent to what is now Walmart. Yes I remember Strouss Liberty Plaza very well,also think of those malts downtown all the time,My aunt Lillian took me there when I was just several years of age.I never thought anyone would remember those malts but me!! Wish we could go back in time!

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  34. Does anyone know what happened to the model train layout that Strouss' had in their toy department at Christmas time. When I was a kid in the early 50's I would go shopping with my mother and sister at Christmas , I would spend most of the time watching the employees of the toy department run that layout. I was hopeing that they donated it to the Arms Museum or some other orginization rather than tear it down

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  35. I remember walking from my house on Chalmers Ave., downtown to Strouss' to shop for books on the mezzanine, and then going to the malt stand in the basement

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  36. I worked in the Strouss Liberty location for four years 1976 to 1980. I was in the Shoe Department, Young Men's and Men's. We had a supervisor named Mrs. Guarnieri I believe. Boy, did we have fun then!

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  37. Would like to.knou date escalator
    Was started at federal st store

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  38. Does anyone know (and if so, please describe) the type of glass or paper cup that the Strouss malts were served in? I seem to remember that they came with a flat wooden spoon, (maybe a straw - too far back to remember), but cannot remember much else except they sure were delicious. As I recall the price was 15c, but this probably would have changed over the years. How many years was the Strouss Malt Shop in operation? I am thinking from at least the 1940s or 1950s ??? I am trying to reconstruct an old malt shop and need this information. Thanks for whatever help you can extend.

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  39. I have hats from Strouss Hirshberg's have no idea of the year,except that it would seem to me, before or around late 1800 -early to mid 1900. Is there any way to get info. on such?

    Patterson.myrna@gmail.com

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  40. A fairly reliable source informed me that the malts were served in a small glass (fruit juice size - about 6 ounces) with a silver spoon. I believe the malts were sold until the store closed in 1986, but it would be nice to know what year the malts were first sold. My source thought the price was 10c each, but I recall them being 15c. I imagine the price gradually increased, so we are probably both correct. Any other information regarding the malts, or the details or pictures of the department, will be greatly appreciated. I am constructing a vintage malt shop and 50s soda bar inside a small museum in Canfield, Ohio and am looking for as much information as possible. Please see www.tpcarcollection.com or www.tipcars.us for car museum location and photos.

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  41. I found out from a fairly reliable source that the malts were served in a small clear glass about the size of a 6 ounce orange juice glass, along with a small silver spoon. It is my understanding that the malts were sold until 1986 when the downtown Youngstown Strouss' store closed. What I really need is the approximate date that the malt shop was opened ???

    I am constructing a vintage malt shop and a 50s soda bar inside a museum in Canfield, Ohio and am looking for this information for authenticity purposes. I am 82 years of age and while I had the malts on rare occasions, cannot remember all of the details.

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  42. I have a piece of wall art with a Strouss Hirshberg Co. foil sticker on the back. Would this date the piece to the 1940's or earlier?

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  43. There was a large painting of i think Lanteman's Falls in mill creek that hung in the Grille. Does anyone know if it is still there, or what happened to it?

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  44. I worked there 1964 and 1965 through the Jingle Bell program on the 5th floor in Linens. I'd love to have one of those pecan rolls they used to sell, I'll be 67 in a couple of weeks and have been trying to find pecan rolls that taste like them. They're whip cream cake was also great!

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  45. I walked downtown many times from my house on Erie St and always loved seeing the model train display at XMAS at Strouss. Does anyone know whether the Strouss girls who went to Liberty HS were relatives? I believe they were Elaine and Stanine Strouss? Also, to the person from Chalmers, I wonder if we know each other?? Does anyone remember Lustig's Florsheim Shoes?

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  46. I have a wrist watch with monogram initials SHC (Strouss Hirshberg Company) engraved on the back. My husband's aunt worked for Strouss for many years. I believe it might have been an anniversary watch for years of work. Comments appreciated.

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