2. Saks Fifth Avenue Once Had an Indoor Ski Slope
Saks Fifth Avenue has long been associated with innovation, offering much more than luxury goods and the latest trends. In addition to its expansive shoe section, it recently launched The Wellery, an entire floor dedicated to health and fitness, which includes a studio space reserved for rotating pop-up classes and exercise programs.
In fact, Saks’ history of innovation dates all the way back to the 1930s, when the men’s floor of the department housed an indoor ski slope that was powdered with Borax. There, customers could take lessons from professional Scandinavian instructors. A ski shop was eventually built around the slope, and winter trips were organized via train to nearby resorts. At one point, Saks also featured an indoor golf course.