That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

July 31, 2005

Mercury Plaza –Hampton, VA (demolished-2004)

Filed under: dead stores,Farm Fresh,Mercury Plaza — Anita @ 4:10 pm

Mercury Plaza --Hampton, VA (demolished-2004)

{picture taken March 27, 2003}
According to my mom, this was originally THE mall in Hampton, VA in the 1960’s/early 1970’s. The Mall part was in the middle of the shopping center, and my mom said that whenever you walked in there, you could smell hotdogs. There was a Montgomery Ward in the mall, and a Roses (a poor mans’ K-Mart) When Coliseum Mall opened in the 70’s, this area turned into a shopping center with Burlington Coat Factory in the middle. I used to go to the Roses with my parents up until I was 5 or 6 I think. Then I think the Roses had a fire, and then a year later the store closed down. There was a Farm Fresh in a strip mall next to the Roses, and I’m sure it did pretty well until it succumbed to a fire in the summer of 1997 or 1998. Then the HQ (a local version of a Lowes or a Home Depot) shut down (it was two doors down from the Burlington) and then in 2002 the Circut City (which was next door to Burlington) shut down due to poor sales. All that was left was the Burlington–until Wards closed down at the Coliseum Mall in which they moved in, and the shopping center was torn down.

I drove by again in June of 2005 with a friend, and this is what is there now:

The Ruins Of Mercury Plaza

We were in the car, we couldn’t stop.

July 30, 2005

Mary Anne, No!

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs — Anita @ 4:16 am

More horrors from the 1983 Sears and Pennys catalouges, pajama and watch style!:

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{Sears Wish Book–and Sears wonders why they had to pull out of the big catalog business in the 1990’s}

SWEET CHRIST. And that’s a teenager wearing those striped footy pajamas too. Unfortunately, JC Penny couldn’t hide from teenagers wearing footy pajamas either:

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{1983 JC Penny catalog}

Now on to the watches and nightgowns that look like they should be for six year olds, but worn by 16 year olds:

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{1983 Sears Catalog}
Star Wars and Dukes Of Hazzard!

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{JC Penny}

July 27, 2005

Feelin’ That Way Too

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs — Anita @ 4:20 am

Four more [fashion] “horrors” (well, the last one is a horror, the other three are ok) from the 1983 JC Penny and Sears Christmas catalogues:

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I actually like this dress. {from the JC Penny Catalogue}

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I didn’t get the memo until page 140 that the photo theme to the 1983 Sears Wish book was “americana” and I saw this on page 47-ish. I thought it was funny how they put those sweatpanted ladies in front of a cardboard background for something that resembles Colonial Williamsburg. BTW, this is the “horror” from this entry.

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Doesn’t when a MST3K fan see someone do that “symbol”, they say “It stinks!”? {Sears Wish Book}

July 26, 2005

Pants Party

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs — Anita @ 4:21 am

Two things from my 1983 catalogue project:

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I love this. I had a Barbie Burger King just like this that I bought from the thrift store when I was 8 or 9. I guess Barbie and Ken just came from the Honky Tonk club to eat some Quarter Pounders (I don’t think the Big Mac was around in 1983 yet?) at 9:30 at night or something.
{Sears 1983 Wish Book}

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The JC Penny catalogue calls these clothes retro. Keep in mind this photo was taken in 1983. We look at those clothes now and call them retro. I don’t know which time period JC Penny was referring to when they called these clothes retro in 1983. We they talking about fall of 1982?

July 25, 2005

Tell Him I’m Smoking

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs — Anita @ 4:18 am

More things from the 1983 JC Penny & Sears catalogs:
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{Sears 1983 Wish Book}
“And then I told him that I’d go down on him if he went down on me!”
“yeah, you tell him, sister!”
“Ugh, the students are coming back from lunch, I better be going, see you at happy hour in the teacher’s lounge at 3:30”

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{JC Penny 1983 Wish Book}
It seems that they tried to put a small digital watch into EVERYTHING in 1983, mostly necklaces, or in this case, a whistle.

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Whoops. Forgot to flip this one before uploading it to photobucket. Oops. Just tilt your head, and look at those crazy sweatshit material dresses! I think I had a red and blue plaid dress similar to that blue, yellow and black striped dress when I was in kindergarden.

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Another whoops. You can barely see it, but that chick is wearing knit tights. I want a pair of knit tights.

July 6, 2005

"the franchise collapsed under the weight of fewer and fewer people wanting to confirm that they shop at a place called "Coconuts."

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 3:51 am

On, there is a little section on old cereal prizes, and one Matt profiled was a Kelloggs Corn Flakes Mall Discount Card. I think I remember getting one of these in 1992, but having no use for it because those stores that were profiled were not at Coliseum or Newmarket Fair Mall. It probably sat and collected dust on my TV table and was finally thrown away a few months later.

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