Title Wave: Apple Valley, MN

June 11, 2012
The Apple Valley, MN Title Wave store

A few comments in the Crystal Gallery Mall post unearthed a deeply-suppressed memory: Title Wave music and video stores. For whatever reason, I had completely forgotten about Title Wave, even though my family definitely rented movies from there. A reader posted a link to a Youtube video of the former Title Wave store in Apple Valley. I didn’t want this to get lost in...

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Moore Lake Plaza: Fridley, MN

June 8, 2012
Nothing to see here...

This has to be one of the most boring strip malls I’ve ever visited. In fact, I wasn’t even going to write this post because it is so boring and I don’t have a whole lot to say about this place. But I already took the pictures, so my work is half done — why let it go to waste, right? Plus, maybe some...

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Crystal Gallery Mall: Crystal, MN

June 7, 2012
Crystal Gallery Mall

It’s the mall that looks like a greenhouse — the Crystal Gallery Mall. Located off of West Broadway and Bass Lake Road, this little enclosed strip mall has a pretty decent location, but doesn’t have a decent amount of tenants. Across West Broadway lies Target (T-3 — yes, the third Target ever built!) and the Crystal Shopping Center, which houses tenants like Michaels, Deb...

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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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Shoreview Village Mall: Shoreview, MN

June 1, 2012
The oddball artwork inside this mall would make it a great place for stoners.

2012 update: This blog post was originally written in 2009. I was planning on making a return visit to this mall to re-photograph it (as I lost most of these pictures), but a reader informed me that they’ve painted over all the murals with boring blah brown paint. Luckily, I found someone (This Public Address on Flickr) who photographed this mall in 2006 and...

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Circuit City: Roseville, MN

May 31, 2012
Retailers EVERYWHERE are BEGGING for Circuit City's empty square footage...

2012 update: Blog post originally posted/written in 2010. Does anyone know if another store moved in here? I haven’t been in the area for several months… Circuit City has been circling in the drain for years and in early 2009, it finally kicked the bucket.  Its demise was a long time coming. Circuit City has been living on borrowed time this past decade. With...

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