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Where on Cap Ave was their other store? Don't remember that.
Great comments about the Christmas display and your youth. Now go post the pics!
Coach Dantonio is my Spartan!
I love the stories about Lansing in yesteryear, but I have to admit that I never enjoyed shopping.... ever!
I think I remember being taken to Knapps for shopping. I really remember going to Frandor and Sears.
yes sir GatorBill.
Like GatorBill, I remember the annual trip in the late summer to Knapps to buy clothes and shoes for school. One of the great things about the trip was riding the "alligators" (escalators) as Nakid Boibeys called them when she was little.
Seriously. When I opened that 2nd pic, I peed a little.
Not to get political, but Lansing owes a lot to David Hollister. He was the catalyst for getting downtown turned around...and also for getting GM to build 2 new plants in the Lansing area. I don't , for the most part, share the same political views with Hollister....but putting politics aside, I have no problem giving credit to one who deserves it regardless of which side of the aisle they are from.
Like I mentioned earlier....if you havent, check out that documentary that PBS made about the building of the Mighty Mac...it was funny that they covered how the iron workers turned St Ignace into a huge brothel and gambling house..and then as soon as the bridge was complete and they moved on, St Ignace went back to being a sleepy little tourist town again.
This is my Uncle Bill. The Navy pants are kind of odd, but that is one badass dude right there. This was in either. . . Guam, or Alaska. . . . looks too warm for Alaska. . . 1950s.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
Where are the old pics of the rides at Frandor?? Or the amusement park at Lake Lansing? In prohibition times I heard there was a bar in the middle of Lk. Lansing. If raided they would dump the booze in the water.
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I totally agree. They named a building after him, or did he buy it and name it himself? Other then name a street or a park after him I don't know what cities really do to honor people.
If the Knapp's building was in Miami Beach it would be celebrated worldwide as a pop culture icon.
Totally agree with this! Was the first place I had a picture taken with Santa. My dad worked dowtown in a building across from the Capitol and we would go to Knapps to shop sometimes after we went to pick him up. I remember one time they had their store windows covered with black paper and small cut out holes to look through to see what was in the Christmas display. We watched as several people in succession smashed their face into the glass trying to look through the holes. Knapps also had an East Lansing location on MAC Ave. where we would shop for school stuff. The kids area was in the basment and I distictly remember buying Buster Brown shoes there that came with some kind of toy. The East Lansing store eventually went OOB and became home for America's Cup and AllyEye.
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.....I was born to synthesize.....
Those are similar conditions to what Foxconn forces their employees to work in.
Why I remember the days when a fella could get a haircut, shave, and lap dance for a nickel!
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You're in college. The window of opportunity to drink and do drugs and take advantage of young girls is getting smaller by the day.
These photos are like a wheres waldo for TanFan.
I've always wanted to see old pictures of potter park, but haven't been able to locate any. Any photos of the old lion house would be great.
thats right lostlansing.com thanks
I still get my clothes tailored and dress shoes from Kositcheks. I believe it's the longest-running business downtown Lansing, which has been around since the late 1800s! Incredible.
Eventually the Eydes own every property in downtown Lansing that isn't owned by the Gentilozzis.
The Knapps location is about 2-3 blocks too far south and I agree in South Beach it would be a fully renovated building with the original facade.
My grandfather's 2nd wife retired from Knapps. In pre mall lansing it was one stop all under one roof shopping.
The building and the former mayor having the same name is a pure co-inkeedeenk
Rochester had Mitzelfeld's.
Does the Eyde Co. still own Knapps? They have killed more than one historical building in the city of Lansing. Im not a fan of their work, and I have seen a lot of it from the construction side of things.
They were killing the Walter French building for a long time. I dont know if anyone ever took the time to turn that building back around, but there was some great archtecture in that place that Eyde was halfassing around with. It was pretty sad the last I saw it.
I believe so
Then I wouldnt expect anything grand and spectacular to be done with the building. Expect to be underwhelmed.
Was just doing some research the other day and came across an ad in the LSJ touting the grand opening of Knapp's new ESCALATORS!! Wow...a moving staircase right here in Lansing. The date was September 1, 1955.
Our grandma used to take my brothers and I there to buy clothes. If we behaved she would take us to have some ice cream at the lunch counter/Soda fountain located in the basement.
One time our brother (who we had nicknamed "pukemaster" because he couldn't ride in the car or eat too much without puking) bellied up to the lunch counter after a shopping trip and ordered a chocolate shake. It came in one of those fountain type glasses with a glass base and what part of the shake the lady didn't pour into the glass, she gave to you in the metal mixing container. He horked down what was in the glass, poured the remainder of the shake that was housed in the metal container into his glass and proceeded to wolf that down as well. All in the span of about 3 minutes.
He then got the look that we had come to know well in our youth. Sensing the impeding eruption, he grabbed the first thing he could lay his hands on (in this case, the glass that his shake had come in), and proceeded to puke the entire contents back into the shake glass filling it completely and returning it (at least visually) to its' original condition. The lunch counter lady, not seeing any of the previous fireworks, came over to check on things as said to my brother......"What's the matter, hon, don't like your shake?"
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