Thanks for visiting my blog. I created this blog to document some of Minnesota’s retail establishments. I’ve searched the Internet time and time again and found several “dead mall” sites, but none strictly devoted to Minnesota. I figured, why not start one? I’m surely not the only Minnesotan out there who is interested in this sort of thing.
I wish I would’ve started this earlier, as there are so many places that have changed, gone out of business, or completely demolished that I would’ve liked to have covered. But – there’s no time like the present!
I try to be as accurate as possible with the information I provide (dates, mall tenants, etc) – a lot of this is based on memory – I could be wrong, and I know I’m definitely missing information, so I welcome any corrections to my articles. I’ve done research on the places I write about at some of the local libraries by searching old newspapers, but most of the time, the information I’m seeking just isn’t there. Which is why I created this site
On the posts prior to 2012, the photos are not the best quality (to put it mildly) and I apologize for that. Most of those photos were taken with the iPhone 3G camera or my old Olympus point & shoot camera. I have since upgraded to a DSLR and the picture quality is much better. I’m no professional photographer (and have no aspirations of becoming one!) but I love learning about photography and since getting the camera, I’ve been taking classes and reading books like nobody’s business.
If you have any pictures or information you’d like to contribute, please let me know! Or if you’d be interested in seeing me cover a certain retail establishment that’s not on this site, I’d be happy to hear about it! Suggestions are always welcome
If you’ve read any of the entries on this blog, you’ve probably noticed that this isn’t a hard-core historical research site. That’s not really my style, so if you’re looking for something more serious, this might not be the place for you. This blog is a hobby for me and a personal account of my experiences with these establishments and you might not agree with what I have to say. I use a lot of sarcasm in this blog — it’s all in good fun
That said, I hope you enjoy this blog – if you do, please spread the word!