Does anybody remember BEST? I’ll give my reader a second to recover from bad flashbacks of BEST.
My house was not a BEST (a catalouge showroom store–I believe it worked by you saw a display model of something, and there were these cards next to the item that you wanted and you showed this card to someone and they got it out of a storage room for you? Is that how they worked?) house. My mom went into BEST on a last minute shopping trip with my half sister some time in the late 1980’s and she never went back. She said it was the worst store she had ever been to.
The reason why I bring up BEST is because last year I was taking an art history class, and way in the back of our 800+ page book there was a BEST storefront that looked like a building crumbling. This building was created by James Wines, and I was telling my retail buddy; Steven about this, and she showed me this link which showcased all of Wines’ BEST store facades. I didn’t know he did more of them.
BEST folded in the mid 1990’s (nobody at my house was grieving over it!), and now the buildings are dying. Most have already been torn down. But I was telling Steven that I can’t imagine anybody moving into these buildings these days. Not even Target or Kohl’s. I can just imagine like storefront churches moving into these buildings. (in fact one is).
I’m mad that that Best Buy didn’t leave their building looking like it did when it was a BEST. The Best Buy in Newport News, Va looks pretty out of the box.