Cleveland hits the holiday jackpot with Higbee's flashback

CLEVELAND - Clevelanders with fond memories of Higbee's department store at Christmas hit the holiday jackpot this year. The department store played a key role in the popular holiday film "A Christmas Story." It holds a place not only in film history, but the hearts of many Clevelanders.

“They really went all out at Christmastime and gave you a warm magical place to be for a while every year,” said Richard Hartman, Room 2 Room Interior Design.

The iconic store may now be the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, but the spirit of the holidays at Higbee’s was alive this Christmas for the first time in a decade.

“We thought it was important to honor the old Higbee’s memory,” said Hartman.

The casino did just that, by putting out the department store’s antique Christmas tree above its Public Square entrance.

“I’m tickled to death to see it,” said Hartman.

Richard Hartman, of Room 2 Room Interior Design, found the 35-foot tree on the fourth floor of the old store. “The frame was broken, the branches were badly damaged," said Hartman.

Crews refurbished the tree, replacing 9,000 lights and waterproofing the 9,600 branches for its triumphant return. “A lot of people have come through the Higbee’s store and have seen that tree and we thought it would be really nice for them to see it again,” said Hartman. 

In another nod to Higbee’s, crews hung garland on eight of the 16 arches in the historic building, just like the department store did when it was open.


Why men walk with their hands in their pockets

The List exposed a popular trend among men. We’re talking about guys who walk with their hands in their pockets.

Experts say guys do it for a variety of reasons like arm awkwardness or to calm their nerves.

“Sometimes one hand in a pocket is a fashion statement," said Dr. Scott Bea, Cleveland Clinic.

But topping our List of why men may put their hands in their pockets: Courting the ladies.

“Try to draw female attention to them by pointing in that direction putting their hands in their pockets,” said Dr. Bea.

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