That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 17, 2015

“Our Snow Bear Scrapbook: Memories and Recipes from Thalhimers” (Elizabeth and Sallie Thalhimer), 2000

Filed under: Christmas,dead chains,Richmond — Anita @ 10:05 pm

  
Aw, that part made me sad.
Snow Bear lives on. The blog entry from Elizabeth is from 2012, but apparently he still works at the Repertory Theater in Richmond.  

October 24, 2015

Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

A long-standing holiday tradition – shopping!

Source: Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

December 14, 2014

Mohawk Mall ad, December 3, 1986

Filed under: Christmas,deadmalls.com,newspaper clippings,other malls — Anita @ 8:03 pm

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(source)

Mohawk was one of the first malls mentioned on deadmalls.com about 10+ years ago.

 

At page 48, there is a salespaper for the mall:

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December 13, 2014

The Pittsburgh Press, December 1, 1991

Filed under: Christmas,dead chains,drugstores,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 12:08 am

Here is the entire paper. The ads start around page 130-ish. 

I’m going to have some Christmas Cookies from Trader Joes while the images upload.
Trader Joes pfeffernüsse cookies
I used to think these were called "sing a long" lights

When I was little, I thought these were called Sing a Long Lights, and when you plugged them in, tinny sounding xmas music would emit from them.

Brooks Pharmacy, December 1, 1991 (pittsburgh press)

Look at all the exclamation perfume. I finally bought some last weekend at WalMart, they had the small bottles for $3.

xmas with the Turtles (Ames, December 1, 1991)

Xmas with the Turtles at Ames.

Woolworth, December 1, 1991 Pittsburgh Press

This woolworth paper was specifically for mall locations in the area. Hence, the nicer merchandise, like the NES, SNES, and Game Boy. Pretty sure my Woolworth in Hampton, VA never had merchandise this nice. I do remember them selling Rollerblades at my location.

Revco used to be all about the nutcrackers (12/1/1991)

Revco used to be all about the nutcrackers.

VCR Plus (12/1/1991

Did the VCR Plus really work? It seems so much easier and cheaper back then to learn how to use the timer record function.

November 26, 2014

“A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire”

Filed under: Christmas,potential dead chains — Anita @ 12:26 pm

By Jon Bois:

I said that a lot of working at RadioShack felt like guard duty. One week, it was actual guard duty: a RadioShack in a stone-dead mall was scheduled to close in a week, and all its employees had already bailed, so they sent me there to manage it for a few days.

The first day, I opened the store for 12 hours, and not a single person walked in. The second day, a guy bought a watch battery, and the store revenue for the week upped to $2.99. It didn’t take me long to pull out the desk chair from the back room, have a seat in the middle of the store, rewire the display TVs, and watch MacGyver on satellite.

And it’s true that I was making pennies above minimum wage, but it’s also true that my job was to go to a building, turn on the lights, sit there, be the boss of myself, watch a shitload of MacGyver, and go home. MacGyver is an awesome show and I will never have a better week of work than that one.

On the second-to-last day there, I left the store empty for 30 seconds so I could use the bathroom, and within those 30 seconds, someone sprinted in and straight-up stole the cash drawer and the $300 inside of it. In a panic, I called the district office to let them know.

Their response, more or less, was, “eh, whatever.” Damn it, I could have just taken it myself. I could have given myself a $300 raise for watching the dang MacGyver.

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December 22, 2013

Never forget the Crazy Black Friday Target lady commercials

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,Target — Anita @ 8:25 pm

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Crazy Black Friday Target Lady Playlist – YouTube.

November 1, 2012

Hickory Farms

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 9:31 pm

I was watching this commercial break from 1980, and saw a real deal mall location Hickory Farms, something that has been extinct since at least the mid to late 1990s.

Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair Mall in Hampton, Virginia had one when it was first opened in 1975, and it shuttered around the time the mall really began to die around 1994, 1995:

 

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November 24, 2011

Two black Friday examples of why Kmart sucks

Filed under: Christmas,Kmart,newspaper clippings,potential dead chains — Anita @ 2:24 pm

I saw these two in today’s sales papers and I laughed:

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Obviously Kmart is still stuck in 1991

And of course, Kmart is stuck in 1997

…and in 1997.

December 18, 2010

Re: “80s Kraft Holiday Commercials (1986)”

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,newspaper clippings,You Tube Garbage — Anita @ 3:49 pm

(original post)

Guess what came in the mail today. yup:

TV Guide Kraft TV Special Recipe Collection, (A Christmas Toy) 1986

TV Guide Kraft TV Special Recipe Collection, (A Christmas Toy) 1986
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TV Guide Kraft TV Special Recipe Collection, (A Christmas Toy) 1986
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December 14, 2010

Seth Green Lionel Play World Commercial (as seen on “Conan”)

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,dead chains — Anita @ 11:33 pm

//edit December 19, 2010//

Seth and Conan discuss the commercial:

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