My Lights Are Green

I believe we’re both going off on vacation for the holiday weekend, so there might not be much in the way of updates over the next few days unless one of us gets a chance to toss something up from the road. Personally, I’m headed down for a long recon trip through the Mid-Atlantic, and […]

Lincoln Mall; Lincoln, Rhode Island

Prologue: Like all of the enclosed shopping malls in the state where I grew up, Lincoln Mall holds a special place in my heart. It was an accidental trip there in January 1998 that began my modern fascination with malls, and–quite literally–how the “other half” lives. When I say “other half,” I’m talking about a […]

Western Plaza; Amarillo, Texas

  I discovered this gem of a dead mall while on a road trip to California in July of 2004.  Now, Amarillo was a strange place for me to begin with.  Something about the flat, wide open spaces on the way into town, and the many signs along I-40 advertising the Big Texan Steak Ranch, […]

Heritage Village Shops (formerly Beaver Dam Mall); Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Beaver Dam Mall is a one-story, small enclosed shopping center located at the interchange of Hwy 151 and Business 151 North in Beaver Dam, WI (population: 15,000). Beaver Dam Mall opened in 1980, anchored by Woolco, Minnesota-based Herberger’s, and JCPenney.  It was presumably built as part of the growing national trend for any decent sized city in America to have a […]

Federated Sells Lord and Taylor for $1.2bil

Federated Department Stores played hot potato with the Lord and Taylor brand earlier today, selling it off almost immediately after acquiring it from May Company.  Federated Department Stores reported today that it would sell its Lord and Taylor division for $1.2 billion in cash.  The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that the probable buyer was a partnership between Apollo […]

Pearlridge Center; Aiea, Hawaii

  We’re always eager for something a little different in the realm of retail.  Whether it be a nonstandard site floorplan, dated or unique decor, uneven mix of stores, it catches our eye.  The largest enclosed mall on the island of Oahu in Hawaii is one of these situations.  Located just off the H1 freeway near […]

Wakefield Mall; South Kingstown, Rhode Island

At Labelscar, we love tiny malls. Maybe it’s because there’s a thrill in hunting them; they’re stealthy and low-profile, hard to catch and rarely documented on the internet. The International Council of Shopping Centers generally ignores them. They’re fun little surprises, and some of them go undetected by us for years even in well-worn territories. […]

Parkway Mall; Saint John, New Brunswick

This is going to be post number 112,495 where I apologize for the quality of the pictures taken with my old camera phone! Sorry! Eventually you’ll get tired of hearing me apologize for this (I know I’ve gotten tired of doing it), but you’ll forgive me when you see gems like these. Even when kicking […]

Windward Mall; Kaneohe, Hawaii

Imagine a place in paradise where you are minutes from verdant, lush rainforests, steep mountains, and some of the best beaches on the bluest water you’ve ever seen.  The puffy clouds hide the bright blue sky, and the weather’s nearly always perfect. This can all be found in the cities of Kaneohe and Kailua, across the Ko’olau […]

Kahala Mall; Honolulu, Hawaii

Located next to the eastern terminus of Oahu’s H1 freeway and nestled close to the base of Diamond Head Crater, Kahala Mall is one of three suburban, enclosed malls on Hawaii’s most populous island.  The mall is a two-level footprint in an ‘L’ shape, anchored by Macy’s, Star Markets, and Long’s Drugs.  There is also a large […]