Friday, June 1, 2007

the celestial shopping mall

Anita's blog, That Mall's Sick And That Store's Dead, is a elephant burial ground of retail. Or that's what any store or aggregation of stores should hope.

Geographically, it covers the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Mostly old retail spaces in Hampton & Newport News like the recently mostly demolished Coliseum Mall or the almost completely repurposed Newmarket North Mall/Newmarket Fair/whatever the heck it's called now. More recently there's been coverage of Tower Mall in Portsmouth and so on. And the author also works on the national retail history compendium,

The blog's a cool resource with pics and info and links galore. Plus the regular readers there (of which I'm but a half-informed camp follower) are weighing in with their own facts and recollections.

And you can thank (or blame) it for tangentially engendering my blog, uberkayness, which now & then touches on some of the same fading retail/vanishing world turf. (I grew up in the rural outskirts of Hampton Roads during the 1960s & 70s and went to some of the aforementioned malls.). And a bit more tangentially, my wife's painting blog.

Anyway, check it out sometime. If you're not from or familiar with Hampton Roads, you may find a link to something strikingly familiar (but long gone) from your own corner of retail.

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