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.
November 17, 2015
“Our Snow Bear Scrapbook: Memories and Recipes from Thhimers” (Elizabeth and Sallie Thalhimer), 2000
October 24, 2015
July 19, 2015
This set has a ton of classic Target commercials from 1999.
I had that phone, inspired by the iMac colors. Mine was green! I got it that Christmas.
December 14, 2014
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:
December 13, 2014
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.
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 at Ames.
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.
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
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.
December 22, 2013
November 1, 2012
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:
November 24, 2011
I saw these two in today’s sales papers and I laughed:
Obviously Kmart is still stuck in 1991
…and in 1997.