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70's and 80's mall stores

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srm    1

As most teens did in the 80's, I spent a lot of time trolling the mall! I'm trying to remember all those shops we used to love to buy clothes at. Here are some that come to mind:

Clothing:

County Seat

Jean's West

Merry-Go-Round

Dejaiz

Chess King

Foxmoor

The Gap (when it was strictly jeans and t-shirts)

Judy's

Some other mall stores that are now defunct:

Kinney's shoes

Thom McAn

Wicks n Sticks

Morrow's Nut House

Art Standing

Hickory Farms

Woolworth's

Baker's Shoes

The Wild Pair

Anybody else out there have memories of great shops in the malls of the 70's and 80's? I know there are tons more. Open your memories!

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memebag    15

I got all of my shirts from rock concerts, and my jeans came from whoever had cheap jeans.

Edit: Is this thread just about where chicks shopped in the 70s and 80s?

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cosmic08    2

I LOVED Merry Go Round - I totally forgot about that place!! Lots of those stores were at the mall I went to as a kid - Greenspoint. I think there is a Bakers in Galleria IV?

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mkultra25    472
As most teens did in the 80's, I spent a lot of time trolling the mall! I'm trying to remember all those shops we used to love to buy clothes at. Here are some that come to mind:

Clothing:

County Seat

Remember their jingle? "The County Seat, the County Seat, just direct your feet to the County Seat!"

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soifan    0

I remember many of those places. I also remember:

Units - Remember this fad?! It was basic knit pieces that you mixed and matched -most outfits were finished off with a fabric "belt" ( a tube of fabric). I remember the stores having walls of cubbies w/ the pieces in there.

Contempo - didn't shop there much, but some friends did

579 -I think these might still exist

I remember Outback Red clothes, but can't remember who sold them.

I also shopped sometimes at Gap, Express, Lerners (now NY&Co) and Banana Republic - all stores that still exist.

BTW these would be mid -late 80's stores.

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srm    1
I remember many of those places. I also remember:

Units - Remember this fad?! It was basic knit pieces that you mixed and matched -most outfits were finished off with a fabric "belt" ( a tube of fabric). I remember the stores having walls of cubbies w/ the pieces in there.

Contempo - didn't shop there much, but some friends did

579 -I think these might still exist

I remember Outback Red clothes, but can't remember who sold them.

I also shopped sometimes at Gap, Express, Lerners (now NY&Co) and Banana Republic - all stores that still exist.

BTW these would be mid -late 80's stores.

Outback Red clothing - sold in the late 80's - was sold by The Limited. I used to love that brand.

And as to another post, I do remember that County Seat jingle. Remember the old Gap jingle "Fall into the Gap..." I think it was duplicitous (and perhaps solicitous!). :blush: Kind of like, "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins..."

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jetbeetle    0

We used to get music shirts from H&H music that said stuff like HAMMER GUITARS and D-DRUMS, we couldn't play a single note but the girls didn't know that. Parachute pants and Go Round are still things tied together in my mind and Chess King always reminds me of Michael Jackson's Jackets.

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srm    1
We used to get music shirts from H&H music that said stuff like HAMMER GUITARS and D-DRUMS, we couldn't play a single note but the girls didn't know that. Parachute pants and Go Round are still things tied together in my mind and Chess King always reminds me of Michael Jackson's Jackets.

Back when Michael Jackson was still Michael Jackson.

I also remember a store outside the mall that we loved...Miller's Outpost. They had great jeans.

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e streeter    2

it wasn't in a mall, but i remember shopping at a store on hillcroft near westheimer called dk's. i used to get my monogrammed purses there.

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Vertigo58    18

Miller's Outpost for surf threads

Some stuff like at All That Glitter's

Anywhere to find New Wave threads. Still have saved. :rolleyes:

Resale shops on lower Westheimer and at places like Purple Heart for that old 60's mod attire. (a phase I was going thru at the time) then the same with similar stores on Melrose Ave in LA.

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westguy76    4

Ha Ha Chess King.

Sadly My Mother bought all my clothes for me out of JCPenny catalog.

I got beat up alot!

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Vertigo58    18

The Wild Pair for the latest in Billy Idol or Adam Ant shoes.

Our girlfriend's wanted us to look as close to these guys as possible. <_<

The girls (we all knew anyway) wanted to either be Joan Jett look-a-likes or the Cindi Lauper/Valley Girl look. :wacko:

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Randyt7801    1

Didn't Millers Outpost have a model train that went around the store or am I just crazy? Also I remember the Gap stores having a orange decor and a small white tunnel near the entrance.

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Vertigo58    18
Didn't Millers Outpost have a model train that went around the store or am I just crazy? Also I remember the Gap stores having a orange decor and a small white tunnel near the entrance.

No trains that I recall at Miller's Outpost. There was one at the Galleria and I normally went to the new one at Almeda Mall or at least it was across the street from there. Always had my fav Ocean Pacific t-shirts, footwear, etc. Evens sold Tropical Blend suntan to give it that tropical effect. Only thing missing was a Pina Colada. Fun days. :D

The store looked like this I am almost certain:

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Vertigo58    18
OAK TREE

'nuff said. ;)

The Oak Tree! What! It was very popular too. Had stuff like this...oh God its the 80's again. They also had plenty of Top Gun movie attire, bomber jackets, parachute pants galore.

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RhinoVP    3

I didn't know there was ever a Bay store in Houston, I thought those were just in Canada! It's really a cool store, wish we did have them down here.

BTW- I can't belive nobody mentions the Dream Merchant at Sharpstown!

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The Wild Pair for the latest in Billy Idol or Adam Ant shoes.

Our girlfriend's wanted us to look as close to these guys as possible. <_<

The girls (we all knew anyway) wanted to either be Joan Jett look-a-likes or the Cindi Lauper/Valley Girl look. :wacko:

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Ooh! The Wild Pair! My grandmother took me to the wild pair at the Galleria back in the early 70's and bought me a pair of dark brown leather desert boot looking shoes. I remember they cost 38 dollars which was a bundle for a pair of shoes back then. 38 years or so later I still have them, they still fit and I still wear them. I've gone through many shoe laces but I still love them and the old saying "you get what you pay for" is so so true. The rest of my clothes were from Foleys, Joskes and Size 579 shop.

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srm    1
Ooh! The Wild Pair! My grandmother took me to the wild pair at the Galleria back in the early 70's and bought me a pair of dark brown leather desert boot looking shoes. I remember they cost 38 dollars which was a bundle for a pair of shoes back then. 38 years or so later I still have them, they still fit and I still wear them. I've gone through many shoe laces but I still love them and the old saying "you get what you pay for" is so so true. The rest of my clothes were from Foleys, Joskes and Size 579 shop.

I miss Joske's ---- Dillard's has just never been as good as Joske's was. I was very petite and they had a teen section (not children's, not adults, but the section had sizing for teens with an adult look). That was the place we shopped all the time before I finally grew!

That pic in another post of Miller's Outpost. Wow! Where did you find that? I loved Miller's Outpost. We also had a store in Texas City and I think there was one in Pasadena too and it was called "The Fair". They had great clothes, too. Those are some pretty steep prices for the 80's!

And the prices on those clothes in that ad. Wow, clothing prices haven't increased as much as I thought they had!!

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bachanon    398

judy's had a guys section.

we also loved matinique on the third floor of the galleria. linen jackets with shoulder pads. i had willie wear, matinique and girbaud, mostly from marshall fields or neiman marcus. god, i just remembered generra clothing from foleys. i still have a perry ellis vest and some armani ties from the late eighties, early nineties.

"you can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind."

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bachanon    398

mom used to drag me to weiners. i hated going there. fortunately, the conroe location closed during my teen years.

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When I was a Teen you had three choices. Sears and Roebuck, F. W. Woolworth's, and the Feed Store. You could send off to a JC Penny's in Houston and get a pair of jeans. You could mail order Levis from Sears and Roebuck, F. W. Woolworth's wasn't much more than a five and dime, with a soda fountain, but they had some Wrangler Jeans. The feed store carried Lee bibs and Lee dungarees. Weren't any malls around back then.

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Vertigo58    18
judy's had a guys section.

we also loved matinique on the third floor of the galleria. linen jackets with shoulder pads. i had willie wear, matinique and girbaud, mostly from marshall fields or neiman marcus. god, i just remembered generra clothing from foleys. i still have a perry ellis vest and some armani ties from the late eighties, early nineties.

"you can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind."

That does it! When I get home I am going into the archived 80's New Wave threads look at each label and then report back.

For most going out stuff I had to get whatever looked as clsoe as the group Duran Duran and for the concert dressed look, down were t-shirts from Warehouse Records and Tapes & Sound Warehouse and Soundwaves on Broadway! Here are some samples... (still miraculously have the 52's T-shirt) :o

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