That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 6, 2020

Thalhimers Coliseum Mall location grand opening, 10-17-1977

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead chains — Anita @ 12:38 am

thalhimers announcement at Coliseum Mall, 1 12 1977

Announcement, 1/12/1977

Thalhimers Grand Opening, 10-17-1977, Coliseum Mall, Hampton, VA

They got it ­čĺ»!

thalhimeres grand opening 7 10-18-1977

Hold up, they had tarantulas? You could buy a dog at Thalhimers?

Giant ads under the cut:


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

February 23, 2015


Filed under: Circuit City,dead chains — Anita @ 11:44 pm


February 7, 2015

Blockbuster Video bags for sale on eBay

Filed under: bags,dead chains — Anita @ 9:43 am


the seller suggests them for your next movie party.

January 15, 2015

Target winds down in Canada

Filed under: dead chains,Target,what — Anita @ 2:55 pm

Target took over the old Zellers stores barely a year and a half ago.

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┬áCookies from Trader Joes while the images upload.
Trader Joes pfeffern├╝sse 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.

December 11, 2014

CBS 6 Video Vault: 1991 November 12 – Richmond loses downtown Thalhimers location – YouTube

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 12:05 am

CBS 6 Video Vault: 1991 November 12 – Richmond loses downtown Thalhimers location – YouTube.

November 24, 2014

BlackBusterCritic on Blockbuster failing

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 11:51 pm

(watch on youtube)

He made this video about a year before they wrapped up, so maybe not that relevant anymore, but still amusing.

Sarah Jessica Parker. 300 copies of Sex in the City 2.

//edit, December 15, 2014//

I found a clip where Blackbuster yells about this one time this guy didn’t know how to use the DROPBOX at Blockbuster.┬á┬áIt starts around 7:27 if youtube doesn’t take you there directly.

September 26, 2014

Flickr: siteride’s Photostream

Filed under: dead chains,Retail/Mall fan websites — Anita @ 5:55 pm

The Wall Staten Island Mall, NY


The Wall Staten Island Mall, NY

Flickr: siteride’s Photostream.


I’m in absolute love with this person’s Flickr album of stores from the late 90s and early 2000s. Most of these are from the Staten Island area of New York.

Wasn’t The Wall the most overpriced store of our childhood?

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