That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

July 31, 2011

Amazing photo of old Hampton Coliseum sign, 1989

Filed under: dead stores,signs — Anita @ 8:47 pm

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Taken by Jim Anderson for the Warlocks aka Grateful Dead show at the Coliseum in 1989.

Please note:

The “good food 24 hr” sign that is a re purposed Waffle House sign, I believe this place is a Waffle House again.
The exxon that later became (uggh) Hooters.
You can see some of the flyover.

Please see the rest of his dead photos here.

WNOR 98.7 FM Norfolk, VA 1982 {You Tube}

Filed under: You Tube Garbage — Anita @ 6:49 pm

WNOR-FM, June 13, 1982 2.22 – 2.37 a.m. as received from Philadelphia with an indoor antenna. Technical difficulties at 00:41.

The Daily Press Venom Line, April 30, 1993

Filed under: newspaper clippings — Anita @ 12:06 am

Apparently my local newspaper had a line where people would call and complain about things, and they would be published in the newspaper.

Some gems:

* I have a question for LeAnne Raines from WAVY TV-10. You’re the prettiest woman on TV; why aren’t you married?

* Don’t you hate it when you get a fresh pack of gummy worms, open them, eat a couple and when you’re done with them, try to fold the pack and it won’t stay folded and the gummy worms get stale?

* It is such a turn off when you see guys who have their jeans tight rolled.

* To the guy who thinks Crystal Pepsi tastes bad, get your head out of the dog dish.

* To the people who don’t like to be made fun of when they wear the ’60s look. If you would be original and quit trying to copy the lowest cultural point on our planet, you wouldn’t be ragged on so much.

* To the Garth Brooks, John Travolta wannabe who comes to the RK. Boy, can you really dance – NOT!

* To the person who wrote that Tori Spelling was beautiful. To me she looks like a dead person that just woke up and came from out of a grave. I think she has no purpose on the show and her character should be cut. The only reason she’s on the show is that her dad is the producer.

* This new song from Snow “Informer” drives me crazy. What the hell is he saying? If somebody knows, please tell me.

*Hey, I’m a 16 year-old-girl. How should I tell my mom I want to have sex? She’s not really a person I can talk to and I don’t know how to break it down for her. I hate the idea of sneaking around, I don’t want to and I’m not going to start. How can I go to her and tell her I want protection and I’m responsible enough?

July 30, 2011

Coliseum Mall Food Court – So Many Choices (February 11, 1993, Daily Press)

Filed under: "coliseum mall",deadmalls,other malls,patrick henry mall — Anita @ 9:26 pm

Coliseum Mall Food Court, February 11, 1993

article here.

It is very rare that every family member is happy with the group’s choice of a restaurant. The Food Place, located inside Coliseum Mall in Hampton, can solve squabbles over where to eat.

The Food Place is covered with a large glass dome, and it has many different trees as well as an assortment of live plants and ivy which create an outdoor cafe atmosphere. Whether visitors come to the Food Place for a meal or just for a snack during a busy day of shopping, they are sure to find the setting relaxed and inviting.

Eleven different food merchants offer unlimited options. Pizza fanatics can stop by Sbarro, while those with a taste for Oriental cuisine may pick Chao Praya. Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers serves up hot french fries, hamburgers and specialty sandwiches, and Chick-fil-a is best known for its chicken items. Taco Viva brings the flavor of Mexico to the Food Place, and the Sandwich Place specializes in submarines. Opt for something from Corn Dog on a Stick, or try a warm sandwich from Philly Steak & Grinders. Hot dog lovers can choose Orange Julius, and potato fans may pick Boardwalk Fries for their meal. Cinnabon, with its wide array of pastries, is just the place to indulge a sweet tooth.

//edit, September 8, 2019//

I found another food court article, this time from 2/25/1990:

Hampton Roads Mall Food Courts article//

Today’s shopping malls don’t just have restaurants and fast-food stands; they have food courts – concourses where you can feast on a variety of gastronomical delights including .00corndogs and the most delicately seasoned Far Eastern fare.

The food courts exude an air of fun and present an array of choices about what to have for lunch, dinner or as a snack.

Hampton Roads has six malls with food courts, with most of the eateries chain outfits. So what’s the difference, we wondered?

Armed with hearty appetites and $7, six reporters were sent to discover what these food courts are like and sample the cuisine.

Here’s our checklist of the food courts, a guide so the next time you shop ’til you drop, you can re-energize with a little class.


Patio Food Court

12300 Jefferson Ave., Newport News


Directions: Take exit 61A off Interstate 64.

Where food court is located: In rear of mall, with AMC Patrick Henry 7 Theatres at one end.

How many food booths? Eight.

More planned? Yes, with room for five more booths. A Greek restaurant is one possibility. Mexican, deli and Japanese sushi are other cuisines being considered.

Some examples: Philly Steaks & Grinders, Spuds Burgers & Veggies, Dogs Etc. and Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips.

How are dining facilities set up? Attractive wood-surface tables with comfortable chairs. Chairs can be moved to accommodate a larger group. Seating for about 350 people.

General atmosphere/decor: Casual, outdoor cafe atmosphere complete with umbrella tables and plants.

Cleanliness: Clean and well-maintained.

Entertainment? Stage area for professional and civic groups to perform. Entertainment at least twice a month, plus free Bingo 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Most popular-appearing booth(s): Chick-Fil-A, Chao Praya, Villa Pizza.

How was your $7 spent? Chao Praya combo platter of pepper steak, fried rice and wontons, and a small Pepsi ($4.32); small Pepsi (75 cents); and a small serving of Knuckle Heads Yogurt with two toppings ($1.87).

Taste? Entree was tasty but could have been hotter. Yogurt was creamy and well-flavored with fresh tasting toppings.

Service: Good.

Other eating facilities at the mall: Ruby Tuesday, plus specialty food stores: Bavarian Pretzel, The Original Cookie Co., Cindy’s Cinnamon Rolls and Candy Cottage & Gift Shop.

Comments: Background “piped in” music in the food court was pleasant because it wasn’t too loud. There is no “No Smoking” section.


The Food Place

1800 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton


Directions: Mercury Boulevard exit (toward Hampton Coliseum) off Interstate 64.

Where food court is located: Entrance D near Fountain Court.

How mny food booths: 2, with nine open. Additional booths will be open by May, to be occupied by Wendy’s (two booths) and the Subway Station.

Examples: Chick-Fil-A, Philly Steak, Everything Yogurt, Chao Praya, Orange Julius, Cinnabons.

How are dining facilities set up? Light and airy. Walls are pastel under raised skylight, white tables and lots of hanging ferns and plants. Seating for about 300 in central area.

Cleanliness: Well-kept, though slightly dusty from new construction.

Most popular booth: Sbarro Italian Eatery, Philly Steak.

Entertainment: No. Some being considered for future.

How was $7 spent? Philly cheese steak grinder ($3.59) and fries (95 cents) from Philly Steak, stir-fried vegetables ($1.89) from Chao Praya.

Taste: OK. Fries were decent; vegetables crisp though bland; grinder was very good – meat was tasty, soft roll, good onions.

Service: Excellent and friendly.

Other eating facilities: Golden Pizza, Bresler’s Ice Cream, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Original Cookie Co., Blue Hawaii.

Comments: On a recent Tuesday evening, only 25-30 people there. There’s a neat “family restroom” that’s essentially a large room with a baby changing table and a sink, with a single bathroom to the side. While the entrance of the mall was crowded with teen-agers, they weren’t hanging out in The Food Place. It seems like a very separate place from the mall. Court was completed Oct. 30, 1989.


333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk


Directions: From Interstate 64 East, take Interstate 264 West to downtown Norfolk and follow signs to Waterside Drive.

Where food court is located: ractically the entire lower level is devoted to food.

How many food booths? 26. No expansion planned, but there is a steady turnover. Coming soon: Piroshki’s, a joint Russian-U.S. venture selling Russian fast food.

Examples: Pizza; Chinese; specialty popcorn; fudge; pasta; ice cream, candy and nuts; Greek; Filipino.

How are dining facilities set up? Butcher block tables and stools with seating for 380 people. Two booths with seated counter service.

General atmosphere/decor: Brick tile floor, blue trim on wooden tables, glass elevator, plants, aquarium. Open to second floor; bright, cheerful, noisy when busy.

Cleanliness: Seemed clean, well-swept; plenty of trash cans; however spill of french fries went unattended for 20 minutes and was still there when we left.

Entertainment: Employees at the Fudgery put on show and give out free licks. Indoor entertainment almost daily; special festivals at weekends.

Most popular-appearing booths: The Fudgery, Hasskins Fries, Phillips, Salad Gourmet.

How was your $7 spent? Chicken cashew sandwich from The Salad Gourmet ($3.39); “cup” of regular fries (the smallest serving) from Hasskins Fries ($1.80); single-dip ice cream cone at High’s ($1.18); gummi bears from Bayside Fruit and Nut ($1).

Taste: Sandwich was excellent and fresh – chicken and cashews in a creamy, lightly seasoned dressing served with leaf lettuce on whole-wheat bread. Fries were dark, good with vinegar and extra salt.

Service: Fairly fast and pleasant.

Other eating facilities at mall: There are seven other restaurants, including Phillips Seafood, Il Porto Italian and Il Porto Light restaurants and Melvin’s Deli on the first floor. Also Reggie’s British Pub, Shine Shine Palace and Taki’s Taverna.

Comments: The whole mall is geared around eating. There are no chain outlets: all are independents, though many are offshoots of successful area restaurants.


Cafe Boulevard

1401 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake


Directions: Take Interstate 64 east to Greenbrier Parkway South exit. Mall is just beyond overpass on left side.

Where food court is located: On north side of mall near Sears. It’s a long hallway set back from retail shops. It was moved to its present location a year and a half ago when the mall was renovated.

How many booths? 10. Mall is negotiating to bring in 1-2 more tenants, but nothing is definite.

Examples: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Scotto’s Pizza, Hot Dogs & More, Great China Express, Original Cookie Co., Corn Dog on a Stick, Philly Steak & Sub Co. and Freshen’s Yogurt.

How are dining facilities set up? 480 seats divided into three sections. Two are in the middle of the court, with rows of booths on either side. There’s also a separate non-smoking section surrounded by a metal gate.

General atmosphere: Cute, clever design that has a theme of a street cafe. Four-top tables have cream-colored cloth umbrellas like at an outdoor bistro. There appear to be brick roads on either side of the seating areas where patrons can go up to the food booths. Street lamps on metal poles help light the court and potted plants are everywhere. Booths have orange neon signs and maroon awnings.

Cleanliness: Very clean.

Entertainment: Occasional Saturday fashion shows and booths for face painting or balloon sculptures.

Most popular-appearing booths: McDonald’s seemed constantly crowded. Other popular booths were Chick-Fil-A and Great China Express.

How was $7 spent? Two slices of pizza and a drink ($2.95); Kung Bo Shrimp and rice, with drink ($5).

Taste: The Chinese food was liquidy, bland and unappetizing. Pizza was thin but had good tasting tomato sauce and cheese – a good value.

Service: Slow but friendly.

Other eating places at mall: Great China restaurant, Piccadilly Cafeteria.

Comments: This place has the big-name fast-food restaurants, which seem popular. It’s roomy to sit in and a good place to watch people. We enjoyed it, down to topping off our dinner with a few video games.


Food Court

South Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach


Directions: Mall is three miles south of Route 44 Lynnhaven exit.

Where food court is located: Second floor near Atrium entrance.

How man food booths? 7, with one more planned.

Some examples: Philadelphia Steak & Sub, McDonald’s, California Smoothie, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, Famous Corn Dog.

How are dining facilities set up? Seating for 600, with blond wood tables and cream-colored, padded ice cream parlor chairs. Food court overlooks greenery, fountains and a sculpture on the ground floor. Soft background music piped in.

General atmosphere/decor: Clean and colorful and good variety of food stands.

Cleanliness: Even at dinnertime, when traffic is heaviest, floor was shiny, tables and chairs orderly.

Entertainment: Live piano music occasionally.

Most popular-appearing booths: Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Luca Pizza.

How was $7 spent? Sbarro cheese pizza slice ($1.49); Boardwalk Fries’ Buffalo wings with fries and soft drink ($4.29 plus tax).

Taste: Pizza was cheesy, chewy and hot. Wings were fairly meaty and tangy, and fries were thin, narrow and not greasy.

Service: At Sbarro, the cashier and the server behind the counter were super-polite, with the demeanor of waiters in a good restaurant. Attired in uniform and apron, they were clean, crisp and efficient.

Other restaurants in the mall: Spinnaker’s, Chinatown Restaurant and The Sword & Kilt (in Thalhimer’s department store).

Comments: Good food, good shopping. What more do you need?



4200 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake


Directions: From James River Bridge, follow U.S. 17 south, take a right on Shoulders Hill Road, left on Nansemond Parkway which becomes Portsmouth Boulevard.

Location of food curt: nside main entrance.

How many food booths? 11. Seafood, soup and taco booths to be added.

Examples: Philly Steak, Sbarro Italian Eatery, McDonald’s, Chao Praya (Chinese), Corn Dog On a Stick, Chick-Fil-A, Everything Yogurt, Original Cookie Co., Bananas Fruit Shakes.

How are dining facilities set up? Large central eating area with blue Formica tables and wooden slat chairs; booths on the perimeter. Seating for 415.

Atmosphere: Cathedral ceiling with skylights and colorful banners with nautical designs. Dining area contains large planters with palm trees and plants.

Cleanliness: Clean and well-kept.

Entertainment: Occasional entertainers and fashion shows. No regular schedule.

Most popular-appearing booths: Philly Steak, Sbarro (for pizza), McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A.

How was $7 spent? Strawberry fruit shake, $1.63; Philly cheese steak, $3.61; slice of pizza, $1.63. Taste: average, nothing special.

Service: Good, friendly.

Other eating facilities: Ruby Tuesday, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Monk’s Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers.

Comments: Mall opened in October 1989. A great gathering place for teens and people taking a shopping break. Busy on weekends.


I found another one: from Sep 21, 1992 

AT COLISEUM MALL. Still reeling from the loss of its anchor toy store, Children’s Palace, the mall had some good news as its retailers prepare for the all-important holiday shopping season that starts around Thanksgiving. If you’re shopping for womens’ clothing, make note of two changes: Lerner’s is expanding and remodeling its fashion center and Susie’s Casuals, which closed in May, just opened as Northern Reflections, a ladies’ outerwear store. For men’s stuff, check out Fine’s new location next to Victoria’s Secrets and DJ’s, which has relocated next to the GAP and changed its name to Dejaiz.

News in the eats department: The Sandwich Place opened in the mall’s Food Place, with a menu of sandwiches and deserts, and Wendy’s relocated from Montgomery Ward’s court to the Food Place.

AT NEWMARKET FAIR. The mall got a multi-million dollar facelift last year and now several of its stores are getting a new look. Hickory Farms, the sausage and cheese seller that’s now earning a reputation for more contemporary fare, such as pita sandwiches, shed its old-fashioned country image for a more modern, open look.

Also, if you’re on the first floor of the mall, don’t forget to check out Chick Fil A, Baskins Robbins and the General Nutrition store, which has changed its name to GNC Superstore. By the way, Chick Fil A remains one of the nation’s only fast-food restaurants still opting to close on Sunday.

July 18, 2011

“Montgomery Ward, I’m gonna let you finish, but Borders had the least surprising store closing of all time.”

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 5:11 pm


Lacking bidders, Borders to liquidate –


Not surprised at all, Borders was always too overpriced in some departments.

Screenshot of Borders website, 7-18-11:


It took a while for it to load up, I’m guessing because people stormed it thinking a clearance sale was going on immediately after the announcement.

July 11, 2011

“In 1986, Owings Mills Mall Opened with Fanfare (Rare Archival Video) “

Filed under:,other malls — Anita @ 7:18 pm

Owings Mills Mall at 25: Not Aging Well

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