Until a few decades ago, all major cities had independent department stores in their downtowns, commonly named for whichever enterprising man had started it. In Indianapolis, most people still recognize the names L.S. Ayres and William H. Block. Their business’s buildings still stand, even if their companies are long gone. Wasson’s also resonates, though you don’t see the name on its former retails space at Washington and Meridian Streets. You wouldn’t have to go far to find residents who recall shopping at all of these establishments. Though smaller retailers than the aforementioned, Marott and Rink are names that may still ring a bell, but not likely due to having shopped at their prominent stores, which have been out of business for decades, but rather, for other adventures in real estate.