DALLAS — "Wait ’til you see upstairs," said Burt Tansky as he welcomed a guest to Neiman Marcus’ 95th anniversary gala. "It’s the greatest store in America."

A bit biased, perhaps, but Neiman’s chairman and chief executive had reason to brag on this night. All six floors of the flagship were decked out for the retailer’s birthday party, with lavish holiday decor, whimsical displays and an abundance of food, models and musicians. Even the PETA protesters walking the streets outside, griping about a Santa Claus dressed in red mink and white ermine, didn’t dampen the mood. Are there any other stores with a Christmas tree festooned with Manolo Blahnik shoes?

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