That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 8, 2014

New & new to me places

I don’t really leave the house too much anymore, so everything is new to me these days.

Mooyah veggie burger and side salad

MooYah, Hampton, VA 

The veggie burger on wheat was meh, too “beany” for my tastes. However, that side salad was amazing. Look how big it is! When I ordered the side salad, I thought it was going to be some dinky thing with one tomato slice and some iceberg. There’s mushrooms in that salad!  I was bad and got the MooYah sauce for dressing, which is like thousand island dressing.
Urban Outfitters, Norfolk

Urban Outfitters, Norfolk

Urban Outfitters, Norfolk, VA

This location is almost across the street from the California Pizza Company at MacArthur Center. It’s a three level old building, which I brought up here a couple of years ago. I swear they’ve kept the ancient cobwebs in the ceiling too! I visited this place on my birthday back in June.  I bought some stickers and an Adventure Time book, oh and these amazing Bart Simpson socks:
Birthday 2014

(I haven’t worn the Bart socks yet D:, and no I don’t know why UO thought it was cool to make stickers that say “stay drunk”…)
Birthday 2014

Lush, Norfolk, VA 

This location opened up almost 2 years ago? I have never been into Lush before, but I’ve been on their website to window shop a few times. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this was in the old Starbucks before they moved to a kiosk on the first level. It has that shape. There was so much stuff I wanted, but wow you have to take a loan out to buy more than two things at Lush, or Grav3yardgirl. I bought the Danger! Cosmetics to Go book, about the company that later became Lush, and unless you are from the United Kingdom, where Cosmetics to Go originated, you really can’t relate to this book. I’ve already sold it on eBay. The other products I bought was the Wiccy Magic Muscles , and You Snap the Whip.

 

Crappy pic of MacArthur Center, Norfolk.
Sephora, Norfolk, VA

I didn’t take any pictures, or buy anything. Sephora came back to MacArthur Mall after a 15 year absence. Sephora had a location at the mall when it first opened in 1999, but I guess back then with the store coming to the States for the first time they didn’t have a good business plan for opening new stores. The location was gone after just a few months, I believe.

Zoë’s Kitchen, Williamsburg, VA (no photo)

I think when I came by the other day, it was during the opening week. They were giving away plastic reuseable cups, but they uh, didn’t wash them first, and my drink tasted like plastic. I had a Ruben sandwich and fruit as my side. On every table, there is their special vinaigrette salad, I put it on my fruit salad, and it was pretty good. Other than my sandwich, everything else on the menu was stuff I could just make at home. Even the tabbouleh salad.

Sticks, Williamsburg, VA (no photo)

My to go plate looked like a dog’s breakfast, and my rice was cold, and they gave me too much hummus.

 

Lush, short pump mall

Lush, Short Pump, VA 

This location just opened a few weeks ago, it had its official grand opening this past Saturday. I went by yesterday, and they still had a good stock, except for the fresh masks. I don’t think I’d spend money on those anyway, because they’re so perishable. It was crazy hot inside that day. This saleslady forced me to put my hand under the sink so she could wash my hand with the African Paradise, which I wouldn’t be able to afford even if I had a full time job, which I don’t right now. She was kinda pushy to say the least. I couldn’t afford much yesterday, like I said, I’m not Grav3yardgirl. I bought the Magnificent soap, a tea tree toner tab, the Greenwich, and the stepping stone.
Short Pump Mall work

Short Pump is currently getting some work done. Looks like they’re adding another elevator, and a crosswalk, because honesty time, it does take for-ever to get to one point of the mall to another.

 

Short Pump Town Center Lomography Fisheye

This is what the area looked like back in 2010.

 

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January 9, 2008

A Visit to Southpark Mall (December, 2007)

Filed under: bath & body works,Christmas,malls I've been to — Anita @ 11:37 am

(The last time I visited Southpark was in April of 2005)

I got to visit Southpark (in Colonial Heights, VA) a few days before Christmas. I was excited about going back to Southpark because as you can see by the above link its been a while. When I was going to a class trip to Richmond earlier this year, we passed by Southpark and I thought they were getting a renovation, because they were adding on a movie theater. Apparently I was wrong. It still looks like 1989.

I see plastic tarp rolled up over the entrances of all the stores, maybe renovation is about to start during the holidays.

Some iPhone photos:

Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights VA

It was almost dark by the time we got there.

Remember the Days of the Dippin Dots Booths?

I remember in the late 90’s Dippin Dots booths were in almost every mall. Since Southpark doesn’t have a food court (yet) they just have vending machines and a pretzel shop.

Bear Show, Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights VA
This was my iPhone wallpaper up until a couple of days after Christmas.

We saw all these benches in front of Macys. So we sat down, and people were sitting there waiting for this animotronic bear symphony. The show starts at the top of every hour. People started to gather around, the the composer kept on leading up to the grand performance, introducing the bears and such. Finally, five o clock rolled around and the show started. They sang Rudolph …. and that was it. The lady in front of me even said, “that was IT?!?!”

Those bears sorta remind me of that cartoon The Critic, you know that one time Duke Phillips had the drunk southern animotronic bears in his office? I think they were called quite simply, “the bears that sing for Duke.”

Ah, thanks Google:

Sears, Southpark Mall. Colonial Heights, VA

All the anchor entrances of this mall are this design. Very late 80’s.

Bath & Body Works, Southpark mall, Colonial Heights VA

This is the best photo I could get of the Bath & Body works there. You don’t see very many of them in this motif anymore. I miss that.

June 26, 2007

Lord & Taylor (Closed 2005) Lynnhaven Mall, Virginia Beach, VA

Filed under: dead stores,malls I've been to,other malls — Anita @ 8:36 pm

Lord & Taylor, Lynnhaven Mall Virginia Beach, VirginiaI meant to take this last year when I made a trip to Lynnhaven with my friend, but didn’t get a chance. What a sad looking store. I think this Lord & Taylor closed in 2005. *checks Wikipedia*

Virginia – Virginia Beach – Lynnhaven Mall – 120,000 sq ft. (opened 1999, closed 2005)

This is the only vacant anchor of Lynnhaven Mall, the rest of the mall is doing great. One of the entrances is very 80’s though:

Lynnhaven Mall

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