Dayton's holiday window displays are back in downtown Minneapolis

They include a Santa Bear installation.
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Three months after the return of its iconic sign, the old Dayton's store has another piece of its history back in downtown Minneapolis.

On Friday, The Dayton's Project — which is working to revamp the landmark department store space into a mixed-use complex — resurrected the building's lavish window displays. 

According to the project's Facebook post, the installations are "designed to celebrate the history of Dayton’s in Minneapolis while offering a glimpse into what the future holds."

One of the installations is dedicated to Santa Bear, a beloved plush toy launched by Dayton's in the mid-1980s.

The window displays represent a serious nostalgia trip for Minneapolis; as Kare 11's Boyd Huppert notes, people once flocked to them by the thousands: 

Per the Star Tribune, the displays were designed by Kent Hensley, a retail consultant who got his start at the Dayton's company. 

You can see them at the corner of 8th and Nicollet Mall as well as in the skyways. 

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