First of all – Sunday’s night game? I mean, geez-oh-man. All the adrenaline and cortisol rushing through my head when the Steelers tied it up with that Cotchery touchdown and then we lose so quickly in overtime? That sucked. But you know, life goes on. Seriously. It was upsetting and a crummy way to end the season but you win some, you lose some. I still heart the Steelers and can’t wait for what next season will bring.
But on to other, more pressing stuff, like dead malls. Yeah, dead malls, which have apparently become such a part of our lives that there’s a whole web site devoted to people writing about their own experiences with formerly-vibrant retail districts, like our very own Parkway Center Mall. Since it’s close to my house and the K-Mart and Giant Eagle are never very busy, I find it to be the perfect place to run in and grab a few things with a hyperactive two-year old in tow.
But honestly guys, it’s kind of creepy in there with its out-dated carpeting, blocked off staircases and gated storefronts and what not. It’s kind of creepy and sad actually, especially when The Husband tells me about all the times he spent at the mall as a teenager when there were actual stores and even a (gasp) food court.
So with new camera in hand and on a mission to buy a hair dryer at K-Mart I thought that the Parkway Center Mall may be the perfect place for some interesting pictures.
Now I swear to you that anytime I go to this mall there are never more than 20 people in the whole place, but of course on this particular morning it was packed (meaning there were at least 30 people) and there was some kind of alarm malfunction occurring so that everybody in the place was hanging out in front of their empty store complaining about the alarm and looking at me like I was the one who pulled it. Wouldn’t they like to know?
So here’s the elevator. Not only is it closed, but how about that futuristic font they used? That is so eighties to me. Kind of like the teal paint, huh?
Here’s some steps. I know this isn’t exactly the most interesting picture, but I’d never been this deep into the mall before and for some reason this particular view made me realize how big it is and what it might have been like back in its hey-day filled with mullets and big hair and scrunchies. It totally makes me wish that Rick Sebak would have had the foresight to go to the mall and interview shoppers back then just so that we could see them for all eternity on one of those Things that Used to be Here shows.
And speaking of mullets, if you look at this one real close in the upper right corner? MULLET!
The 3rd floor is temporarily closed. As in forever.
Against an eerie backdrop of empty storefronts, Eden attempts to make an escape.
Oh, Foxmoor. I remember you. I was just young enough not to fit into your clothes and then when I finally did, you had the nerve to close. You’re one of many now-defunct mall stores that I am occasionally nostalgic for – Brooke’s, Merry-Go-Round, $9.99 Stock Room, Chess King, Hill’s, Montgomery Wards and National Record Mart to name a few. Can you name others?
Eden looks longingly at the escalators across from a store that is actually still open – 90′s Nails. I wonder if 90′s Nails come with 90′s prices?
The Husband tells me the food court area was quite happening and also included an arcade, a pool hall and a place called Dino Kingdom for the little ones.
Look, Mom, a mullet! (At least I imagine that’s what she’s saying.)
So I know Tony’s Got It. The problem is that neither me or The Husband can remember what he’s got. Empty shelves? Stacks of drop ceiling tiles? Do you remember?