Born in Chicago in 1852, this Midwest chain houses everything from designer fashions to kitchenware.. In Short Department store chain offers a wide variety of merchandise--from their signature Frango mints to Emerilware cookware from acclaimed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse. Designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, china, crystal, linens and furniture are displayed throughout the store. From junior threads by Guess and Lauren, to fashion favorites like BCBG, DKNY, Laundry and Theory. Many stores also have an in-house wedding gown salon and a home furnishings department.