Monthly Archives: May 2009

Frank’s Nursery and Crafts: Coon Rapids, MN

May 21, 2009
Frank’s Nursery and Crafts: Coon Rapids, MN

Memorial Day weekend is practically here & with its arrival, summer unofficially kicks off in a few hours. The “growing” season has arrived in Minnesota and what better way to celebrate that than a blog entry about an eerie, abandoned garden center? Dumpy Strip Malls visited the Coon Rapids store, located on a lonely plot of land amongst the dead mall/store/restaurant graveyard that is...

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Skateland: Brooklyn Park, MN

May 15, 2009
Skateland: Brooklyn Park, MN

Cheap, awkward, and always a great time. No, I’m not talking about yo’ mama. We’re talkin’ SKATELAND, the setting of my Junior High Soap Opera. This is where the shit went down. Too old for playgrounds & swingsets, and too young for keg stands, teens and tweens from around the area would come here to goof off, pine for their crush, snark on other...

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The Brookdale “B5″ Boyband Riot

May 14, 2009

November 12, 2005: A day that will live in infamy in Brookdale Mall lore. Ever heard of a pop group called “B5″? Yeah, me neither. But if you have heard of this boyband, you probably don’t remember their music. You remember the mall riot. Some boyband called “B5″ made an appearance and all hell broke lose. This was kind of surprising, in two ways...

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Sportsman’s Warehouse: Coon Rapids, MN

May 13, 2009
Sportsman’s Warehouse: Coon Rapids, MN

Strap a smoke-wagon on your side and come visit the SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE I am NOT an “outdoors” girl. You will not find me hanging out in a tent waiting for bears or hiding behind cattails in the swamp, blowing on a duck call. Why, the last time I was in the Great Outdoors was when I was 17, working at Target, and made out...

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Latest news in the BROOKDALE DEATH WATCH

May 6, 2009

Come next month, Brookdale will basically be a Sears with a mausoleum tacked on to it. That’s because yet another anchor, Barnes and Noble, plans to close its doors next month.   It’s not economy-related; according to the StarTribune article, they’re succumbing to peer pressure and closing up shop because everyone else is.  I don’t blame them. Last year at this time, Brookdale had all...

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Moon Plaza: Fridley, MN

May 1, 2009
Moon Plaza: Fridley, MN

For those of you who don’t consider yourself “Down to Earth”, Fridley has a shopping center just for you! Welcome to Moon Plaza, an out-of-this-world 1960′s style strip mall located off of University Avenue in Fridley, MN.  Surrounded by a bunch of crumbling, abandoned buildings, depressing Moon Plaza fits right in with the local atmosphere. Built in 1965, the Moon Plaza looks like it’s...

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