Dr. Know explores the history of a local business in this response from the October 2012 issue.
I lived in Over-the-Rhine as a child in the 1960s. My mother used to work in a store on Main Street called Royal Furniture. What happened to it? —Relocated and Reconnecting Dear Relocated:Royal Furniture, whose Main Street windows displayed semi-erotic table lamps and plush, sectional sofas in shades of blue and red so intense that they sapped energy from CG & E transformers blocks away, was one of several stores on the street catering to shoppers who found Shillito’s offerings too timid and Pogue’s furniture too aggressively priced. They were part of a shopping district once anchored by the enormous Alms & Doepke department store on Central Parkway. In the late 20th century, a number of shrewd businesspersons realized that the big furniture showrooms were vast enough to accommodate the Big Hair favored by suburban bar-crawlers, and the buildings were converted to now largely vanished light beer showrooms.
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