Yesterday was your last chance to shop at Foley's.
The fact that Foley's will become Macy's in the fall of next year means little to some people. Others might even welcome it, being able to shop in familiar stores with a new name and perhaps a different personality.
But to vast numbers of people with deep Houston roots, Foley's and holiday shopping are almost synonymous. Residents of the city and surrounding towns have special memories of driving downtown to see the Foley's Christmas window displays and entering the store to join the hustle and bustle.
"Anyone who lived here had to shop at Foley's," said Martin Kaplan, whose own family department store, Kaplan's Ben-Hur, will soon close after 92 years.
"In a sense, it's hard to imagine Houston without Foley's. Foley's has been Houston for so long."
For many locals, seeing the Foley's name fade from the holidays brings on a touch of melancholy.
"Foley's is a huge name, and you're going to see a lot of people who are sad about it," said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm in New York.
"There are people who are loyal to Foley's. A lot of people had wonderful experiences."