Brooklyn Center

Best Buy: Brooklyn Center, MN

June 21, 2012
Best Buy

Cruel Intentions on VHS. CaseLogic CD cases. Microsoft FrontPage 98. Kensington’s Mouse-in-a-Box. Mmmbop CD single. DOS for Dummies book. Cordless phones. SimAnt on a 3.5″ floppy. CD-R spindles. 20-oz Diet Mt. Dew. A Tony Rich Project CD. Rollercoaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies expansion pack. What does all this outdated crap have in common? I bought it all (and more…much, much more) at the Brooklyn Center...

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Brookview Plaza: Brooklyn Center, MN

June 19, 2012
*sigh* Just another abandoned strip mall in the north suburbs...

This sad little strip mall is all but abandoned, save for the for-profit college holding down the fort. Today it looks more like an abandoned office park, but back in the day, this was all retail. There’s not a whole lot goin’ on here. This strip mall was built in 1986, coinciding with the opening of the Target store located in the back of...

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Showbiz Pizza Place: Brooklyn Center, MN

June 4, 2012
Showbiz Pizza, Brooklyn Center in the '80s

Who’s game for some vintage Brooklyn Center? How ’bout if I serve it up Showbiz Pizza-style? Ralph, a reader of this site, provided these old timey photos. Thank you Ralph! Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E Cheese, Circus Circus — these pizza entertainment complexes all offered pretty much the same thing in the ’80s. Singing robots, limp pizza, arcade games and kids hanging from the rafters....

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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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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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Brookdale Macy’s-Officially DEAD

March 23, 2009

Well, it’s gone, folks. In case you were wondering, the Brookdale Macy’s is gone. Now, I’m not sure exactly when it closed, as I didn’t visit the store or the mall other than when I was there in late January. I drive by Brookdale via Highway 100 almost every day and noticed that last week, the doors were all covered with what looks like...

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Brookdale Macy’s & Brookdale Mall, part 2

February 5, 2009
Brookdale Macy’s & Brookdale Mall, part 2

The Brookdale Macy’s is closing and Dumpy Strip Malls is there! I paid a final visit to Macy’s  last Friday afternoon. It was just as I expected it to be — incredibly depressing. The store was pretty messy – it looked like a TJ Maxx at closing time. If you’re thinking of checking it out one last time, I wouldn’t bother. This is NOT...

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