I don’t go to the mall much, anymore. When I do, it’s usually to find something special or unique for somebody’s birthday.
When the kids were younger, it seemed like every trend in the 90’s spawned at the mall. Pogs, Marvel and DC trading cards, Slap bracelets, troll dolls, those yo-yos with a brain, etc. You name it; they had it first. We even trick-or-treated at a mall in Concord, California in the late 90s.
Many fun memories at the mall…the arcade, video stores (like Sam Goody,) Service Merchandise, KB Toys, clothing stores for teens, Suncoast, Disney, JcPenny’s, Bon-tons, Radio Shack, Sears, Hallmarks, and Games Store.food courts, Doubleday, Walden’s Books…and theaters.
Nowadays, arcades, DVD stores, KB Toys, Disney Store, Suncoast…are extincted. Fast food restaurants get replaced with so-called healthy choice, but, pricier. Good stores are replaced with stores that are Build-a-Bear Workshop, Forever 21, jewelry, health and beauty, cell phone kiosks, and teenyboppers…Who do we blame for these great stores going away?
Movie theaters have changed in a big way.
The girls and I got to watch Snow White and the Huntsman for a whopping $2.25–yep, for three people!
If not for Cinemark, who can afford going to the movie with a family of five?
While waiting for our ride, a mall security man came and asked me not to take pictures in the mall??
Strange…when there were a ton of people around doing so–sneakily–with their hi-tech i-phones.
The second time I was approached outside the mall, I popped the question. Why was the new unwritten, unfriendly policy? His reply was “ The mall owner doesn’t want weird things posted online like Facebook.” Silly me. I thought it was post-911 security issue and that they were concerned about me plotting a robbery or worst a hostile takeover. Well…I told a retired Wall Street trader friend about this and guess what his answer was. Mall owners do not want pictures shown online that shopping at a mall is dead! It makes perfect sense. So, has online shopping taken its place? Is mall shopping doomed?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)