“G.I. Blind Date” was a dating show that began in Sioux Falls in January of 1943. By July, NBC was airing its version, “Blind Date,” on its radio affiliates. This eventually morphed into “The Dating Game,” which ran off and on from 1965 to 1999.
Bill’s Shoe Store was a shop on Phillips Avenue in 1940 that gave customers X-rays of their feet to observe how their new shoes fit.
J.C. Penney opened a location in downtown Sioux Falls in 1925. At the time, overalls could be purchased for $1.39, shoes for $3.59, and a dress could be brought home for 79 cents.
When he visited Sioux Falls, Elvis and his crew took up the top three floors of the Holiday Inn City Centre.
In 1947, Ethel Douglas bought The Colonial Bar, at one time called a speakeasy called the Colonial Cafe in downtown Sioux Falls. She transformed the building into a one-of-a-kind operation: Ethel’s All Girl Bar. The owner, servers, and bartenders were all female. Douglas went on to run the bar successfully for 10 years.
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