@PocketBrain Ah! When I was a tiny child my grandparents moved to California, and when we would visit them in the summer it was a huge deal to drive into Poway to go wander around the Pic ‘n’ Save and then maybe get a Thrifty ice cream cone. Because my grandparents didn’t particularly want to go places or do stuff. But that was okay, because Pic ‘n’ Save was amazing.
@PocketBrain when I was in high school in the early 90’s I would go shopping there for cheap Christmas gifts. I bought 2 cassette tapes there, one was They Might Be Giants and the other was Gumby (it was different artists doing songs about Gumby). I played those in my car all the time. And I know I gifted some of those tapes to a few different people, they did not enjoy them as much as I did though.
@PocketBrain Contestants on Wheel of Fortune would select prizes by spending their winnings and get the rest on a Service Merchandise gift certificate.
I still have a movie style desk lamp which I purchased at Service Merchandise.
@PocketBrain There was a competitor in my area called LaBelles. Same concept (catalog showroom stores). I think they were part of the Best group. Chapter 11 liquidation in 1998. I bought my Yamaha acoustic guitar from them during the liquidation.
@Frcal@dyounghbic@nayten@mycya4me I do remember the snack bar especially the pretzels and popcorn! I did not know that Hills was regional. My grandmother worked at a Hills, so I was very familiar with the store as a kid. I spent quite a bit of time at the snack bar. LOL
/giphy hot pretzels yum
@jimmyd103 my mother worked the snack bar at Hill’s in the 80s and 90s until they were bought out by Ame’s. I used to love going up there when she was working because it meant unlimited popcorn and Icee’s. Hill’s is definitely something I wish my kids could experience
@capguncowboy Unlimited popcorn and Icees!!! That’s a kids dream. I spent some time at the snack bar but I don’t recall unlimited anything. Maybe a free one here or there. My grandma did me wrong!
/giphy you did me wrong
@capguncowboy@jimmyd103 hum…I feel like I was cheated too. Now that I think about it. Although not the same store, my grandma worked a couple of different snack bars at local bowling alleys. As a teenager I would jump back there to wash dishes (so many dishes), make and serve popcorn, nachos and soft drinks - she wouldn’t let me near the grill until it was time to close up and clean it.
For all of my hard work I got unlimited soda from the fountain and a meal OR I could have a snack like cheese balls or a bag of popcorn. Not a bad deal, but not unlimited EVERYTHING
@capguncowboy@tinamarie1974 Ohh the good old days of free child labor. When I was 8 through 14ish, I spent weeks of my summer break landscaping around properties that my parents owned. I was also responsible for cutting the grass. My payment was a trip to Dairy Queen, maybe once a week. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dairy Queen but the payment is a bit out of whack compared to the amount of manual labor involved.
@jmoor783 I lived in a college town that had Walmart. Across state lines, just 8 miles away, they had the Shopko. We had the so called Mall and better grocery store (Walmart had none there). They had the DQ and pet shop. Two people owned all 7 gas stations. Every Monday morning they met for coffee and price fixed. The gas tax was 3 cents higher in that “other state” but it was never worth trying to shop for a better price of gas because all stations in both states had the same price.
@mike808@narfcake Was gettin’ ready to Ask: Who had/has/rmmbrs those early Home Computers of TRS-80 Lineage?
Color Computer, anyone? (Mine’s gathering dust somewhere in Mom’s basement, Near, but not In its original box…)
@mike808@narfcake Where I started as a part-timer (& H.S. Jr) happened to be a pretty Kick-Ass sales-leading store in Meriden Square Mall. Narrow to begin with, retail space was split down the middle, with a Tandy Leathercraft store on the left side.
Amazingly, they shoehorned a whole RS/Tandy Computer Store into the far back section on the RS side. One of the very first in CT, it was fully stocked with all the latest “Cutting Edge” Computer Hardware, including commercially-oriented models.
I was lucky enough for all the Computer-only Sales Staff to allow me hands-on access to all the state-of Computer Tech.
(Enough to make a young Tech-Geek’s eyes glaze-over at times.)
@mike808 My last time at a Radio Shack was when I needed a new cable for my monitor and the kids working there laughed at me, telling me that PCs were on the way out and laptops were the way to go. They were actually patronizing to me, which surprised me, because I’d always had such good help with the previous owner/managers.
I did get my cable and I did not ever go back to that store. I wasn’t surprised when they went under.
@lisaviolet@mike808 My last trip to Radio Shack was for contact cleaner, some solder and wick, an some wire-wrap wire or something.
The kid helping me was really excited that somebody was buying that kind of stuff.
Never had a TRS-80, but I do still have a TI99/4A.
I remember EPC. Good peeps. They’re into recycling e-waste and they used to do leasing on the front and then selling used off-lease stuff on the back. Got some deals on data center grade rack mounted stuff for dirt cheap back in the day.
When half a TB of 9GB disks was an ungodly amount of storage, and you needed a half a rack to mount it. LOL. Now I can get that on a thumb drive for $50 and 8TB external USB drive for $150.
@tinamarie1974 I always thought Venture was just another name for Target. When I moved to illannoy there were no Target stores, but there were Ventures, and the stores and ads looked almost identical to the Target ads I’d seen in Las Vegas.
How about GEM? Started off as Government Employees Marketing. Had to show a Federal, State or City ID to access. My father called it “the PX for the rest of us.” Best thing about his appointment to faculty at a state run medical school was GEM. As I recall, everything from groceries to appliances. But I was really young back then. Eventually opened to the public and finally became a Hills.
Almy’s, I miss that store. And Building 19. Man, you would go into Building 19 and have no clue what you were going to walk out with. Inventory always changing. Walked out with a pair of Dr Marteens for $20! (All new items, usually closeouts or insurance buy outs.)
Woolworths/Woolco. That used to be our go to place unless we needed pharmacy (so we went to Skaggs in the same mall). Woolworths in the Boulevard Mall was for more occasional trips and holidays but I loved it and miss those stores to this day.