OUTSIDE The recognizeable tower; I colored it to look like an old time photograph
I did not try the stairs in the tower, nor have I looked to see if they were open
Macys used to be Jones a short time ago. This will be one of the stores that won't be imploded. There's a couple of asides to the Titanic and her only living connection to that, but I digress. Another album, another day. Stay tuned!
Sears and their tire center (not shown nor photographed) will also stay, according to the Alberta Developer's website. Need that tire rotated? Not a prob!
Gifts and Accents has been a favorite of mine for many years. This area of the mall will go. They are now allowed to be there until March 31, 2008. That means that the mall survives until then for all your deadmall needs.
Topsys is a KC favorite. They had one other area in the mall which is photographed. They are no longer at Ward Parkway mall. They are still in Brookside as Topsys-Baskin Robbins.
The round circuslike projection is the exterior of when they used to have a merry go round in the mall. Oak Park still has a full sized merry go round at lower level.
These appear to be Chinese embellishments to this projection. I think it was used to tie the Chinese eatery and the Carrosuel together. I don't know. Standard mall funkiness. I didn't check this entrance.
BOTTOM LEVEL Inside the mall next to Gifts and Accents. The store's large interior door has been blocked. You must come in through the outside one. On the left is the Funny Bone and Martin City Melodrama. I believe these still operate. The passageway looks towards the cascading lily pad fountain and the closed escalators.
The dungeon door. This may be the Nail Store side entrance. It is no longer open. I believe this may be where a T-shirt and/or ceramic store was at one time, as I remember them both being very narrow stores (a walk through) with weird "side" entrances.
Where there is only mall light, the pictures go yellow. This is right next door to the now defunct kiddie area. The Nail Studio used to be an oriental gift shop years ago.
Ghost signage for ghost stores. Show your dead mall spirit today!
Several shots follow of the main lily pad fountain. The stage is "next" to it on the next level up.
You can still pitch pennies from the various levels onto the fountain. There is a large sign that still states that all fountain monies go to local charities.
This is from the second level up. This is where prospective penny pitchers would try their hands at hitting the lilly pads. Practice makes perfect! I know; I've tried for years.
A clear shot on ground level of the penny pool. Each fountain that has running water has pennies. Woudn't it be marvelous to save this?! I think we need more pennies!!
Carrousel Park which is now Martin City Melodrama, is what I mentioned earlier. Kids could come here to play while everyone shopped. Note the Nail Studio next door. The doors to the old Chinese restuarant would be further down the hall to the right.
looking towards Gifts and Accents and Sears, two of the still functioning stores. Gifts and Accents used to be Oscos, a drug store. They have had more than one spot in the mall. Did I shop at Gifts and Accents? Oh, heck yes! Everything was on sale. Wonder why.
The karate dojo used to be a Musicland; the East Mall signage hasn't changed since it was built
Stairway to nowhere. Next to the lilly pad fountain on the lower level.
This is a shot inside the East Mall part. A lot of old malls seemed to have a "side mall" inside them. The Ward Parkway mall used to have the Lincoln Mall, complete with a small bronze bust. I remember there was a coin and stamp shop in this area MANY years ago.
This was always the reading room. There was someone always attending the room, and it always seemed to be the same guy. And on top of that, I knew him from work! I never stopped and chatted. I was too busy SHOPPING! (No, really?)
One of the three Quarter Monsters to see if your Quarter Pounder really was that bad of an idea. Yes, all three still work. This one is near the mall office in the East Mall.
This is where I discovered the power of mirrors at the mall. Almost as good as the power of cheese.
This is near Sears on the lower level, after you've left Gifts and Accents. Hobby Haven was a favorite of mine. Too bad it's been gone about 20 years but have a new location at 103rd and Metcalf at a strip mall near Chuckie Cheese Pizza.
I don't remember this store but I photographed if. If anyone does, feel free to chime in. The Fred Dibbels scar signage is near it.
Classic scar signage. Was Dibbel a tobacconist? I believe this store was. I don't know. I don't smoke.
This was next to Topsys and the Fred Dibbels. I don't recognize the storefront right offhand.
Topsys at her current location. Damn good cinnamon popcorn. And bubblegum icecream. Want some?
Another shot of Champs. I wonder if they still have mall gardners? This plant looks a little puny to me.
Old signage. I'm not saying I wasn't a team player here, but I was busy getting my exercise at the mall, dammit! It's work pulling out that debit card and hauling your packages.
MAIN LEVEL Flower power! Another ceiling kalidescope.
Refraction heaven. Pardon the pun. These are the mall's ceiling mirrors. This was not an original feature. The mall's interior was redone in the 1980s I think.
And what is her secret? Well, I ain't tellin', boys!
I about flipped when I saw this. One of my friends is actually a member of this group. If you've noticed, they can sing. It wasn't open when I was there.
This is a closeup of what was inside. I will require an autographed picture of this from her. Yes, she is in the shot.
A shot of Catherines by the languishing palms. Sit a spell, but not too long.
Although the signage says KB Men's Store, this was not the original store here. It was Jack Henry's, a very upscale men's store and a KC favorite.
You can barely make out Jack Henry on the old window casing. These were downtown, at the Landing, and several other KC malls. Yep, shopped since I could walk.
This is next to what used to be a Hallmarks on the right. I'm thinking a jewelers.
A shot of Hallmarks. I think they left a few years ago when the Cow Parade was in town. I remember buying a cow from them. And you think I don't shop! Remember what I bought where, heck yes. Remember what I did yesterday unless it was shopping, heck no.
This used to be a Lens Crafters or some such. Next to the defunct Suncoast. The mirror thingie didn't work as well as I'd wished.
A shot on the main level of the stage. The fountains around the stage weren't functioning.
From the stage vantage point towards Jones/Macys. Hey, Jones was first. Mom worked for Jones downtown, but that's another story. And yes, she's (not mom) gone, too.
Remember. Don't get on the stage! At least until it's imploded.
A closeup of the eye store. I was trying to capture the wonderful turquoise of the tiles but the light factor wasn't there. No, really.
The power of mirrors!! KEWL.
This is on the main level where I met most of the mall walkers. Yes, I remember Gloria Jeans and Mr. Bulkys. DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON BEANIE BABIES, OKAY? Or I will have to seriously get medieval on your @$$. KB Mens on the right.
Topsy's second location memoralized near Hannoush.
This whole idea flames my biscuit royally. They are going to implode the bleeping mall, okay? Well, across the street there used to sit the Glenwood Theatre, but they tore down that structure. So the Glenwood moved HERE. They even moved their huge outside marquee across the street (I will add that shot) and kept what they could of the original theatre. It is still running today. And if they aren't included in the upcoming plans, what century are we really living in, folks????
From the entrance to the Food Court foward. Yes, the bathrooms still worked. Yes, I used them all on my trek. (Who knew?) And, of course, fun with shiny reflective objects again. If you're really good, you can locate the Glenwood's interior signage. And hold that thought because I will have more to say on the jellyfish lights!
I think the Food Court has seen its' last day. A wonderful silent tribute to minimum wagers everywhere. We salute you!
This is just past the Food Court, when you could go down towards Gifts and Accents original location. When this was open after they moved, it was sort of a furniture outlet.
This is on the main level, next to the now defunct Topsys and Food Court. It is Hannoush. Actually, I think it was another jewelry store past. I don't know whether Helzburgs was in this exact location at some point, but I know a Helzburgs was in the mall.
On the main mall level. Mall walkers lapped me several times. But, what the hey, I was doing field research. No one bothered me.
Well defined scar signage on the main level.
Ah, jellyfish lights! The Beverly Hillbillies! Yes, now it's all coming back to me. Seeing the mall in ITS' reflection of itself.
Fun with mirrors again and old signage.
GNC, mirrors, dead mall, you know the drill. Yada, yada.
Kinney Shoes was in Ward Parkway Mall. And so was Klines, and Wolferman's, but I digress. Let's put it this way, they didn't show up in Bannister or Oak Park Mall that I remember. Please correct this if you can; I'm not Eva Perron, okay?
This may be a toughie. I know whose signage it is. But you get the best guess!
When I shot this I remembered the tri-colored lights that were on my grandmother's alumimum tree at Xmas time since it was red, blue, and green. And, no I don't celebrate Xmas, but I remember it, for all those who know me. This functioning fountain was one of two. The other is now removed and a non functioning escalator is atop its' remains. The fountain is now encased with a railing. When we used to play, it was open. You fell into the pool at your own risk. Now, that's entertainment!
This is one of three Quarter Monsters on the main level near Macys. No, I will not disclose my tonnage. Oh, look, mommy, jellyfish! (Or have you been playing along?)
A drop down shot of the lava pit. Yep, those flowers are real. Yep, those coins in the fountain are real, too.
Now you know why I've called her the lava pit.
More fun with mirrors.
Ah, my children await! Gather 'round while I tell you of a sea shanty of yore ... but ... behold, the GREAT WHITE spectre of an impending emplosion.
This is on the main level, towards Jones/Macys. I sat a spell and remembered. Yes, a pet rescue service is nigh. But they were closed when I was there.
SECOND LEVEL Marks Rugs.
Dead signage. Well, Steves was everywhere in KC including Meadowlake. Where exactly will require more than a few moments of your time. So I will not go into it here. When the Meadowlake shopping center closed down YEARS ago, a small sidemall, open air, across the street, opened up. They call her Meadowlake. Thank you, Jesus!
This is on the mid level, as you leave Jones/Macys. Marks Rugs is still a viable store at this level. I didn't go into it nor asked where they will move. They appear to have a healthy selection of scooters here. But the mall walkers never stopped to look. The area to the right you could see what would look out towards Metcalf at second level.
This dead fountain has a history. Unfortunately, I don't remember it well. Heck, I was busy shopping, remember? Past this fountain on the third floor is a private concern that is still active. Since she is private, I didn't photograph nor knock on their door. All I remember is this. Yes, there were viable shops built here in times past the private point. Yes, Metcalf South built past this point several years ago. This was not part of the originial layout. Do I remember the mall not having this feature? Heck, yes!
Third floor near Jones/Macys, Quarter Monster. Going UP? Well, we hope not your weight.