Neiman Marcus is a prestigious specialty store founded in Dallas in 1907. Nowadays, it’s synonymous with luxury and deep pockets. The building where the Neiman Marcus flagship store is housed is a beautiful construction in the Renaissance Revival style. It sits on the corner of Main and Ervay Streets in Downtown Dallas.
The Neiman Marcus flagship store provides the quintessential Dallas shopping experience. Tasteful displays, graceful shop assistants, exquisite collections, and personal shoppers: everything you need to feel special. I’ve visited the store a few times, and every time I was treated politely. Not one assistant ever looked down on me because I wasn’t dressed in Gucci or Prada. It’s for a reason that Neiman Marcus is known for its impeccable customer service.
Their Christmas windows displays are legendary. The whole of Dallas looks forward to them. They’re the centerpiece of holiday celebrations in the city. One of my friends told me that she looked forward to the annual Christmas Book and that she bought a crystal tree ornament for each of her daughters every year. Other friends told me that, when they were little, going to Neiman Marcus in their Sunday best was a treat.
A short video in Spanish (sorry!) shot inside the store.
The Zodiac is an elegant lunch restaurant on Level 6. This is where la crème de la crème has met for the last 50 years. The reservation list reads like the Social Register of Dallas.
In 1907, Herbert Marcus Sr, his sister Carrie Marcus Neiman and her husband A.L. Neiman founded a luxury retail store at Elm and Murphy streets. They tried to stand out from the other department stores with high-quality garments and excellent customer service. They built a good reputation slowly and steadily.
After the store burned down, Neiman Marcus moved to the current building in 1913. The store attracted a wealthy clientele. The cotton “aristocracy” of East and North Texas came into town to shop at the Neiman Marcus flagship store. The discovery of oil in East Texas in the 1930s produced a new set of millionaires, who weren’t hit hard by the Great Depression and, therefore, spent freely in clothes and accessories.https://widget.getyourguide.com/v2/widget.js
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Neiman Marcus kept expanding. Nowadays, the group comprises the Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp, Neiman Marcus, and Neiman Marcus Last Call brands. The company’s headquarters are in the Renaissance Tower in Dallas (1201 Elm St.).
The flagship store’s building, in red brick and white stone, opened in 1914 with only four floors. The company added an extension on Ervay towards Commerce Street in 1927. The design was inspired by the Renaissance Revival style, based on 15th and 16th centuries European architecture. The 1950s saw further additions, which more than doubled the size of the original building. The last expansion, two more floors, took place in 1983.
There are a lot of things to do in Downtown Dallas around the store. Walk up Main Street towards Main Street Gardens. Walk back down again and admire one of my favourite pieces of urban art, The Eye sculpture. Admire the architecture. Have a cocktail at The Woolworth. Explore the art collection at The Joule hotel and then have a meal at Americano.