Former Location of Gibbs-Louis, Inc.
Clothing and dress--United States
Bars (Drinking establishments)--Florida
The former location of Gibbs-Louis, Inc. Founded in 1945 by Irving Gibbs, Gibbs-Louis was one of the most popular women's apparel stores in Downtown Orlando in the 1940s and 1950s. Along with the downtown location at 131 North Orange Avenue, there were three more Gibbs-Louis stores in nearby malls. In 1984, part of the downtown store collapsed; a wall caved in due to construction of a 20-story building next door. A year later, the store was restored. In 1990, when nearly all retail stores located in Downtown Orlando had closed, Gibbs-Louis was one of the few remaining. In late 1991, Irving Gibbs retired and sold the business to former executives of Ivey's, a department store that was later bought out by Dillard's. Only a year later, Gibbs-Louis went out of business and was replaced by Behr's Shoe Center. In 1998, Behr's closed as well. At the time that this photograph was taken in 2014, the location is home to Annie's Bar and Grill.
Original color digital image by Rachel Williams, July 24, 2014.
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Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.
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Gibbs-Louis, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Behr's Shoe Center, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Annie's Bar and Grill, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Suris, Oscar. "Ex-ivey's Execs Buy Gibbs-Louis Owners Don't Plan To Change Stores' Upscale Clientele Base." The Orlando Sentinel, January 5, 1991, Business Section. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-01-05/business/9101050396_1_new-stores-ivey-wiley.
"Gibbs-Louis Store Restored." The Orlando Sentinel, November 4, 1985. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1985-11-04/business/0340220272_1_gibbs-south-wall-collapse.
Feigenbaum, Nancy. "Longtime Retailer May Take Space At Gibbs-Louis." The Orlando Sentinel, July 3, 1992. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-07-03/business/9207030381_1_behr-shoe-center-downtown-store.
Feigenbaum, Nancy. "Gibbs-Louis Will Ask To Liquidate." The Orlando Sentinel, August 19, 1992. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-08-19/business/9208190291_1_gibbs-bankruptcy-liquidate.
ANNIE'S BAR AND GRILL
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