Here's a Colorado Cinderella story: what began in 1933 as a Denver hosiery store became Colorado's largest, privately held clothing retailer in 1992.
Siblings Hannah and Jack Levy, German émigrés, opened Hosiery Bar at 707 16th Street in 1933. In 1936, the store became Fashion Bar after the purchase of a nearby dress shop, and the Fashion Bar chain was born.
Fashion Bar continued to expand during the 1960s. In 1963, Fashion Bar stores opened in Boulder and Lakewood's Westland Shopping Center. In February 1964, the company announced plans for the construction of a new downtown Denver shopping destination at 16th and Tremont Place, designed by architect Richard L. Crowther.
By September 1966, the company's 15th store had opened at the Bear Valley Shopping Center. During the 1970s, Fashion Bar diversified its brand, opening specialty shops for men ("FB Men" and "L'Uomo"), young women ("Stage"), women 35 and older ("Hannah"), and children ("Young Set"). FB Design carried furniture and household designs.
After the deaths of its co-founders, Fashion Bar made plans to expand further west. Two stores opened in the Los Angeles area in 1988.
On June 2, 1992, the Levy family was bought out by Houston-based Specialty Retailers for $14.7 million. Specialty Retailers began shutting down the 71 Fashion Bar stores in 1995.
The last Denver-area Fashion Bar stored closed on January 31, 1997.
Photos and architectural records of Fashion Bar can be found in the Richard L. Crowther Architectural Records (WH1504)
I remember FB also. I was wondering if you remember them having these coins. I have two of them. I know they are not worth any cash. But I wondered what they were used for in the store?
I still talk about shopping at Fashion Bar everytime I earned my 100.00 paycheck. That was one of the highlights in my teens. I loved that store.
What a great high school job! Thanks for sharing, Kellie!
They also closed Celebrity Sports Center! And the Buckingham Mall! And probably other things from when I was a kid. Jerks!
Do you have any pictures from the 80's?
Check out our Digital Collections for radical 1980s photos! We also have the Rocky Mountain News photo collection which contains thousands of undigitized photos from the 1980s, arranged alphabetically by subject. Stop in to the Western History and Genealogy Department (Central Library, 5th Floor) to view this fantastic collection!
Truly enjoy seeing your article. Please reach out to me - would love to meet you and understand what inspired you to write this piece. I think it's safe to say my Aunt would be proud. I will pass this along to the family.
Lisa, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the article. It was so much fun to research. I will be in touch by e-mail. Thank you for reading and sharing!
I worked for FB for over 15 years and cherish the memories of that time . Hannah was a touching soul who I adored and jack were both retail visionaries . Also admired Jack and Bob as well later. I worked at most of the locals . Started in FC and last was the Mgr at my adored local FB Careers at Tamarac Sq . I still keep in contact with some friends and we often remember how much hard work but fun we had . I wish there were more pics as there were so many at the entrance to the offices at 401 . If other x FBers' see this please join our Fashion Bar face book page !