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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Welcome to "Dominick's: The Fresh Store" Official Cite

          I have found time to finally upload and organize all the Dominick's photos and news stories from past years to now finally get it all posted on the sight, but it dawned on me that there is just too much information to post under one category of Safeway.

         To let any readers know, when you go and click on "Dominick's" under the 'Safeway Inc." category, you will see a message directing you click on the word "Dominick's", and it will then redirect you to official cite of the ex-Chicago grocery chain.
Click on the "Dominick's" link.

Click on either "Dominick's" seen in the sentence.

There is more to come later.

Thank you for being a reader of TTTM.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

What was this so called "fascination" like back in 1997?

A certain editor on are staff is his birthday today and this is just a glimpse of all that was high and mighty when he entered the world that leads his to write for us today and why he has such a strong passion for this industry.

The primary source of information known as the internet was booming with aspiring writers and bloggers putting up sites through AOL and various dial up programs. Google was not created for several more months, in September 1998.

Because TTTM is Chicago based, we have to always mention something going on in the Windy City and the Bulls sure were pulling there weight to there 5th championship of the 90's in 1997.

White Hen Pantry's and Dominick's everywhere stocked gallons of this Mountain Dew competitor know as Surge, great to wash down the taste of Crispy M&M's.

The department store of choice, Marshall Fields & Company, at the Woodfield Mall.

There is the Pepsi generation, and the Mr. Pibb next generation, as this pretty much sums up the advertising means of soda's in the late 90's.

Kmart was still the nations greatest combination of grocery, clothing, and general housewares all in one store.

We do not usually talk about the automotive industry, but in this case, we have to realize, these cars were the choice vehicle to drop mom off at the mall, while dad went to work. The next generation of Oldsmobile will be coming to a close in 2004, but until then, lets enjoy the Eighty-Eight, Bravada, Silhouette, and Alero, and Aurora.

The financial was not ready for the biggest hit to the nations economy in the middle 00's like Enron, the natural gas and power conglomerate raising stock prices off its own shareholders, but the markets were booming.

How did anyone get around without one of these Sprint, Motorola, or Ameritech pagers buzzing there belts off at all hours of the day.

Happy Birthday JB.

Thank you for reading


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FIND: Montgomery Ward Spring 2015 Catalog

          Its been a long 14 years since the legendary brick and mortar facade's have been shuttered, as Montgomery Ward went out of business in 2001, yet, there is hope as you can still order a free catalog for there online sales through the mail.

          As I flipped through the pages of my new catalog, I felt as if Clinton was still in the White House and gasoline was still under a dollar. Besides for some brands, and the clothing trends, the catalog is still set up the same as the old books.

Here are some commercials of Montgomery Ward:

Here's to the summer of 2015, now lets take a look inside:

Something about the logo, the line underneath has changed because its not the original company, someone bought the naming rights and had to alter the original logo.

Various sections of the catalog, most of which looks old to me.

Now in Madison, Wisconsin.

This is great to have a new book, because in the Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa, there is still a Seventh Avenue/ Wards store that operates as what looks like a hard mix of Tuesday Morning, an Antique store, and a thrift shop.

Please feel free to post and comment below and thank you for reading.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Almost Complete List All Vintage & Old Store Locations in the Country.


          In modern society today, everything is changing, stores are closed and remodeled, people grow up and change, and what is considered of in urbanophile eyes is preserved by national preservation organizations and treated like tourist attractions and museum quality showpieces. In chains of store and restaurants that are still in operation today have individual locations that are older than others, or more well scene as locations that are cooler than others based on this principle, most common are the old Federated and May Company stores across the country that still wear there individual trademarks the particular companies had to make them stand out over the competition, and are still scene in various locations even thought a red star is slapped over it.

          In other chains cases, like Kmart, the original Kmart location in Garden City, Michigan is still open and does business everyday, that store opened in 1962, some of the stores that opened in 2002, closed a year later because of the bankruptcy, that store was spared, because that brand might be treating this store like a flagship, its the first and oldest, and near where the old Headquarters was in Troy, Michigan. Other Kmart stores like in South Burlington, Vermont and in Watertown, Connecticut still have the old 1960's to early 1970's logo, although the one in Vermont just changed to the modern motif as of late last year, which will be noted in the list below.

          Sears is one of my favorites because as this point in there never ending downward spiral in business decisions, there are so many stores that look completely different from others, that goes for Kmart to I guess. There are stores that are open today that are a far between opening in the early 1950's to just opening in 2005. And across the country, from California to New Jersey, and many points in between, this can be scene as something of a marvel, how stores listed below range from opening dates, to style and design, to store signage, and location. 

          That is what this is really about, other people take vacations to see national treasures, deserts and museum, going hundreds of miles to see a Sears that is one of a kind, is a vacation to me, for example, because I am in Texas in the summer, so there is beautiful weather, I am in a hotel, and I have a goal to send time with friends somewhere that makes me happy, and feel good to be alive!

          Without further ado, I present the almost complete list of what I have found to be most of all the locations of vintage and retro stores and restaurants of chains around the country.

American Motors
US Route 117. Pikesville, North Carolina 27863

830 Lafayette Road. Seabrook, New Hampshire 03874

3162 Lake Road. Horseheads, New York 14844

Ann & Hope
1689 Post Road. Warwick, Rhode Island 02888

1000 3rd Avenue New York, New York 10022

15 South Main Street. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702

11 Court Street. Binghamton, New York 13901

Burger King
501 South Kings Highway. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

EB Games
Oglethorpe Mall- Savana, Georgia

1504 Old Country Road. Westbury, New York 11590

F.W. Woolworth
1400 19th Street. Bakersfield, California 93301

F.W. Woolworth
134 South Elm Street. Greensboro, North Carolina 27401

South Ashland & West 47th Street. Chicago, Illinois 60609

4001 Refugee Road Columbus, Ohio

Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge
2099 Saranac Avenue. Lake Placid, New York 12946

Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge
336 Odlin Road. Interstate 95. Bangor, Maine 04401

JCPenney Co.
1228 Main Street. Delano, California 93301

J.J. Newberry Co.
43-45 Lake Street. Owego, New York 13827

J.J. Newberry Co.
236 Main Street. Saugerties, New York 12477

19th Street. Bakersfield, California 93301

6610 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90028

Ten Acres Mall, 595 Straits Turnpike. Watertown, Connecticut 06795

2100 Carlisle Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110

2200 Eastridge Loop. San Jose, California 95122

400 Sunrise Mall. Massapequa, New York 11758

Montgomery Ward
8401 Van Nuys Boulevard. Panorama City, California 91402

Montgomery Ward
100 Burrell Plaza. Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania 15068

Montgomery Ward
400 Northwest Barry Road. Ballwin (Kansas City), Missouri 64155

Pure Oil Station
524 West State Street. Geneva, Illinois 60696

Sam Goody
Ohio Valley Mall St. Clairsville, Ohio
115 South Moorland Road. Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005

6400 O Street. Lincoln, Nebraska 68510

9000 Northgate Mall. San Rafael, California 94903

2650 East Olympic Boulevard. Boyle Heights (East Los Angeles), California 90023

302 Colorado Avenue. Santa Monica, California 90401

436 Mainstreet. Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

2307 Beverly Road. Brooklyn, New York 11226

4201 Main Street. Houston, Texas 77002

4000 North Shepherd Drive. Shepherd (Houston), Texas 77018

2100 Pleasant Hills Road. Duluth, Georgia 30096

Service Merchandise
Old Hickory Boulevard. Jackson, Tennessee 38305

Service Merchandise
East Washington Street. Indianapolis, Indiana 46229

Stevenson's Hi-Point Amoco
981 South Skinker Boulevard. St. Louis, Missouri 63117

The Bon-Marche
214 North Wall Street. Spokane, Washington 99201

The Broadway
12000 Hawthorne Boulevard. Hawthorne, California 90250

The Broadway Hollywood
1645 Vine Street Los Angeles, California 90028

Toys R' US
I-480 & Route 31 Clay, New York 13041

Toys R' Us
7 Arnot Road West Elmire (Horseheads), New York 14845

Toys R' Us
3 Bangor Mall Boulevard Bangor, Maine 04401


Toys R' Us
6207 South Westnedge Avenue Portage, Michigan 49002

Toys R' Us
317 Boardman Poland Road Boardman, Ohio 44512

Toys R' Us
67681 Mall Road Saint Clairsville, Ohio 43950

Toys R' Us
4555 16th Street Moline, Illinois 61265

Toys R' Us
3330 Westgate Drive Durham, North Carolina 27707

Toys R' Us
2324 Sagamore Parkway South. Lafayette, Indiana 47905
(These are my pictures and can also be viewed in the post about the Tippecanoe Mall)

Toys R' Us
6711 West Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida 32605 

Toys R' Us
4510 Oleander Drive Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

Toys R' Us
3130 Alpine Avenue Grand Rapids, Michigan 49544

Toys R' Us
5484 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, Alabama 36109

Toys R' Us
5200 West Waco Drive Waco, Texas 76710

Toys R' Us
512 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207 (possible former Montgomery Ward/ Auto Center).

Von Maur
10010 California Street. Omaha, Nebraska 68114
(These are my pictures and can also be viewed in the post about the Westroads Mall)

4189 Jupiter Road. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

Museum: 105 North Main Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

York Steak House
4220 West Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43778

This is a great post, its an album and a log of various locations of chains and stores that somehow have stood the test of test, and wear the signage as the day it was hung.

This post will continuously change and be updated.

Thank you for reading and feel free to post comments and questions below.