The holidays are upon us, and while there's still plenty of time to get that Xmas shopping done, the Big Guy - along with his sack of goodies - will be shooting down the chimney before you know it.

For ease and convenience, it's Amazon all the way. But a lot of people do miss certain big, clunky department stores we had here in Upstate NY.

Below are 10 that may be gone, but not forgotten.

Remember circling the things we wanted for Xmas or our birthday in the Service Merchandise catalog? Seems like eons ago!


When I was growing up, department store shopping was a way of life, but sadly, department stores aren't really all that useful anymore,

I'm a kid from the 80s and 90s, those were the decades that shaped my life and it was so different growing up in the Capital Region back then, especially around Christmas time.

Remember the classics like Caldor, Lechmere, or Service Merchandise?

If you wanted something bad enough you battled traffic, weather, other shoppers, and a parking spot bully while venturing out to spots like Caldor, Lechmere, or Service Merchandise.

Or how about obsessively calling Toys R Us to see if they had Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers, or a Nintendo 64 in stock?

And if they did, you put everything on hold and raced over to a place like KB Toys at Crossgates Mall praying that it was still there!

The decorations, the music, the hustle, the sense of accomplishment.

I'm not sure I'd ever want to go back to the way it used to be, but it's fun and nostalgic to reminisce.

Here are The 10 Department Stores in Upstate NY that We Miss the Most!

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