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:
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(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.

 

July 13, 2014

The new Olive Garden logo

Filed under: then & now — Anita @ 5:00 pm

 

 

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Did you see that new Olive Garden logo? It reminds me of the packaging for store brand organic food. Not a good look.

January 9, 2014

Dinosaur Dracula’s look at Hot Topic’s website from 1998

Filed under: then & now — Anita @ 6:25 pm

Buncha random t-shirts. Totally forgot about the Taco Bell dog. I escaped that fad unscathed, but this chihuahua really was a fashion kingpin back then. I can sorta see the appeal of a shirt that turned the dog into Che Guevara, but the one below it just looked like the fifth-tier prize in a Taco Bell instant winner game.

May 9, 2013

Razing For Revival: Mercury Shopping District Reborn From Rubble (Daily Press, August 23, 1999)

Razing For Revival: Mercury Shopping District Reborn From Rubble

1960s Mercury Plaza And Langley Square To Get More-modern Look
August 23, 1999|By FRED TANNENBAUM Daily Press

HAMPTON — Danny Shackelford and Kelly Jones deftly inserted their fingers and tools to fix videocassette recorders at the Langley Square repair shop that they work in off Mercury Boulevard. Outside, an electric saw screeched as it bit into a metal frame.

A little more than two miles west, the Mercury Plaza parking lot was occupied by unlikely vehicles – wrecking machines, including an excavator and pavement shredder. They’ve turned one wing of the old mall into fine rubble.

Langley Square and Mercury Plaza are separate places with different owners but with a common thread: Both 1960s-vintage malls are getting significant upgrades, giving them new lives along Hampton’s retail corridor. City officials said the refurbished malls would bolster the boulevard shopping district.

The work at Langley is having an effect.

“Business has gotten better. People are looking at the mall because of the work and see our signs,” Shackelford said Thursday. He repairs electronics at the Audio-Video Lab at Langley Square. “They used to just drive by.”

Once completed, the two refurbished malls will have a “tremendous impact” on Hampton’s shopping areas. It’s necessary to renovate them to keep them viable, said Kathy Grook, Hampton’s retail- development manager.

“Those centers are critical to our retail tax base,” she said. “We feel it’s very important that these renovations take place.”

The city has a program ready to help mall owners renovate their properties, in part through low- interest loans. The program is awaiting financing.

This summer, Mercury Plaza’s owners razed a building along its west side once occupied by a Farm Fresh grocery and other small shops. The supermarket had been vacant since a fire in 1997. Only a dry cleaners is left standing. Fashion Care Cleaners’ lease extends to December 31, 2000.

Mercury Plaza is owned by Mall Properties Inc. of New York, the owner of Coliseum Mall. Mercury Plaza General Manager Raymond Tripp said the site was being cleared to make it more attractive to a new tenant. Waiting for Farm Fresh fire-insurance claims to be settled has delayed site improvements about two years.

Rebuilding the grocery after the fire would have been expensive. “We thought it was more suitable to tear it down,” Tripp said.

A new tenant is not been signed, but Mall Properties is negotiating with potential occupants, Tripp said.

Eventually, Mall Properties wants to upgrade the exteriors of all Mercury Plaza stores, including Burlington Coat Factory, Circuit City and Home Quarters.

The Burlington store once housed a small mall that Tripp said was thought to be one of the Peninsula’s first.

“That site is a viable retail site and a good location,” Tripp said. “Those are the original structures that have served those neighborhoods well. We would like to come back with a retailer to support the neighborhood that has supported us so long.”

In addition to the Farm Fresh, the demolished building housed a music store and a beauty-supply store.

“We’re eager to renovate it and bring it up to standards,” Tripp said.

Langley Square is getting a complete face lift. A Food Lion supermarket and Family Dollar discount store are scheduled to open this fall.

There, a wooden tunnel leads to Audio-Video Lab’s front door, where Shackelford and Jones worked surrounded by VCRs, televisions and stereo equipment. Holding a soldering iron one minute and a cotton swab the next, Shackelford worked to bring new life to the VCR on his workbench.

The business owned by Bob McLain has seen some tough years, so the recent renovations are welcome. The construction even is attracting more customers, Shackelford said.

The Audio-Video Lab isn’t the only business making a go of it before and during the renovations, which started earlier this year. Ling Nam Asian restaurant, Vito’s Pizza, Fertitta’s Grill, a hair salon, and a coin laundry also remain open.

The new canopy over the sidewalk almost hides the blue-and-red neon “open” signs in many of their windows. Pallets of drywall sit where shoppers someday will stroll.

The mall’s landlord, John Katsias of Virginia Beach, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Jones, the Audio-Video Lab technician, said he was looking forward to sharing the mall with new tenants such as Food Lion.

“It’ll be nice having somewhere else to go for lunch,” he said.

Fred Tannenbaum can be reached at 247-4787 or by e-mail at ftannenbaum@dailypress.com

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Burlington was shut down and moved to Coliseum Mall in 2003, and effectively killed Coliseum Mall because nobody wants a Burlington in their mall.

After Coliseum Mall was torn down in 2007, Burlington moved back into this EXACT spot (in a new building:

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The last time Google maps drove by this site was in 2007, so the new Burlington Coat Factory wasn’t open yet, and the building was just finished.

June 17, 2012

From A.A. Adams to Urban Outfitters | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Filed under: then & now — Anita @ 5:46 pm

From A.A. Adams to Urban Outfitters | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

From A.A. Adams to Urban Outfitters | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

January 5, 2011

Starbucks new logo, a preview.

Filed under: old packaging,Starbucks,then & now — Anita @ 8:40 pm

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More info here. The digbats who only go to starbucks for frappuchinos are like, “but I need words on the starbucks logo!” …

The new siren sorta reminds me of a network logo or a green cloud against a white sky.

November 13, 2010

Nouveau Cheap – “From the Vintage Vault”

Filed under: old packaging,then & now — Anita @ 5:07 pm

On a related note from the Cover Girl old Compacts post I made this summer, there is this category on this beauty blog, Nouveau Cheap of old cosmetics the author has found around her house.

October 4, 2010

New Belk Logo

Filed under: belk,signs,then & now — Anita @ 12:10 am

Oh dang that looks a lot better than what they’ve been using for the past billion years.

source.

//edit, 10/11/10//

 

Found this on facebook:

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July 14, 2010

Cover Girl packaging from the past

Filed under: commercials,old packaging,then & now — Anita @ 11:57 pm

I noticed recently that Cover Girl changed its packaging for the compacts:

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Which reminded me of the “collect them all” mentality I had with Cover Girl compacts when I was in middle school in the mid to late 90s. I didn’t really pay attention to what the different formulas did, I was just excited when I saw a new color of a compact I didn’t have.

I found some examples of the ones I had on eBay this afternoon:

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Ok, I didn’t have this one, but I remember seeing it in the old cruddy Rite Aid inside Coliseum Mall when I was a teenager. I think all the makeup in there had to be at least five years old.

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This was my first compact, the Clean Sensitive Skin one. Farm Fresh has these on clearance right now along with the brown “regular” Clean compact:

Cover Girl compact, old design.

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“Fresh Complexion” which seems to be in a dark navy compact. I remember seeing this one growing up, but I don’t think I ever had it. I dunno if “Fresh Complexion” was the same as “Clean Complexion” which recently had a makeover too.

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Clarifying. I don’t believe I had this one.

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Fresh Look. This was the last Cover Girl compact I bought before I bought the brown clean one pictured above. I remember I got this Christmas of 2001, and was not very impressed by it.

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CG Smoothers. By the time the Smoothers line had come out, I had moved on.

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Finally, there was one Covergirl Compact that was my absolute favorite. I only found it one time in the earlier mentioned ratty Rite Aid. All I remembered from it was that it was dark green, translucent, and I bought it with Christmas money from my grandma when I was 13 in 1997.

I finally did a search for it today after uploading that picture of the brown Clean. it took me forever, but I finally found ONE picture of it online, from here. It’s from Cover Girl’s moisturewear line. The compacts are nowhere to be found on eBay, but the liquid foundation is still floating around:

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I found some other ancient Cover Girl packaging on eBay too:

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It was popular for a while in middle school to have these lipglosses. Cover Girl still makes them.

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I ❤ the packaging on this mascara. Always have. Never bought it though.

And finally, this is 20 year old makeup:

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I even have a commercial of it from the 1st regular Simpsons episode, “Bart the Genius from January 14, 1990 (thanks to my friend Kristin):

November 9, 2008

Bath & Body Works New Design

Filed under: bath & body works,then & now — Anita @ 11:45 am

So I was on this shopping trip to Charlottesville the school sponsored last night, and I go into Bath & Body Works. … …

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They totally cheapened the image of Bath & Body Works. 😦 I can live with the design of the body wash/body lotion, but WHAT were they thinking when they created those splash bottles? They look like something out of the dollar store. Oh, here is some girly website talking about it. I’m actually upset about this. I know lame. Are they trying to compete with Soristutes Secret?

Past designs:

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(late 90’s to about 2002?)

Bath & Body Works New Style Bottles (2003 - present)

(2003-ish to 2008)

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