Friday, March 14, 2014

Wizard of Oz Puppet Show 1977

I stumbled across this earlier while tinkering around online out of boredom. Always a good day when I find something Carolina Circle Mall related.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/28/2014 News & Record Article


Carolina Circle Mall and Pyramids Village had an article in today’s edition of the Greensboro News & Record. Pyramids Village gets the majority of the attention, making mention of some of the new stores and restaurants that have opened there in late 2013 and early 2014.

You can see this article here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Monk’s Under Construction 1989

From that newscast I posted earlier, here are a couple of screenshots of the outside of Monk’s Cheesesteaks from November 16, 1989 when it was under construction. It would open in June 1990.Monk's Under Construction 1989 1Monk's Under Construction 1989 2

Tilt Arcade 1989

From that newscast I posted earlier, here are a couple of screenshots of the Tilt Arcade from November 16, 1989.

Tilt Arcade 1989 2Tilt Arcade 1989 3

WFMY News 2 1989 Newscast at Carolina Circle Mall

At the 23:12 mark in this 6:00 newscast from November 16, 1989, WFMY News 2 does a man on the street interview with various people at the Carolina Circle Mall food court.

At this time, the food court was roughly one year old. Apparently, not many restaurants had open yet, such as Circle Cafe & Deli and Gatto Pizza. At the 23:34 mark, a coming soon sign for Monk's Cheesesteaks can be seen. Monk's would open in June 1990, about 8 months after this video was shot. I'm guessing a lot of the restaurants didn't open until around 1990 or 1991. The Carousel was also here at this time, but it is not shown in this video.

I'm having trouble identifying the store that's in the background at the 23:58 mark. I'm thinking it might be Fluf 'N Stuff, but I'm not sure.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Main Entrance Sign 1976

Main Entrance Sign 1976

This was taken sometime in November 1976. I had always wondered what this sign looked like before the 1987/1988 renovation.

Circle Six Theatres Grand Opening Ad

Circle Six Grand Opening November 1976

This ran in the Greensboro News & Record in November 1976. I loved that theater. I’ll never forget seeing The Lion King there in the summer of 1994.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Remembering Toys R Us

Carolina Circle Mall Before Demolition 004

First of all, I apologize for not posting here lately. Been busy with a lot of things but I’ll try my best to start posting regularly again.

For the past month or so, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the old Toys R Us across from Carolina Circle Mall. I’ve never really discussed this store much but I actually visited Toys R Us almost as much as I did the mall.

The Toys R Us across from Carolina Circle Mall opened sometime in 1985 and was one of the first and only major outparcels to open across from the mall. Service Merchandise was next door, which opened sometime in the ‘80s and lasted until about 1997 or 1998. Another Toys R Us opened on High Point Road near Four Seasons Mall about a year later and is still open to this day.

Toys R Us was relatively successful in its life and always seemed to do reasonable business. Unfortunately, when Carolina Circle Mall started its decline in the late ‘90s, Toys R Us felt the effects. Toys R Us closed in August 2002, 8 months after the mall closed. Like the mall, Toys R Us was left empty for several years until May 2005 when the building was demolished for the new Wal-Mart/Pyramids Village.

Toys R Us 1The Toys R Us had a pretty normal design for a store of its era, once having a giant Geoffrey on next to the sign. Inside, the store had very bright lighting with a very colorful color scheme consisting of dark blue, red, green, and yellow. In the front left corner of the store was a blocked off section containing video games where customers would pick up their video game purchases after taking the game ticket to the register.

Toys 'R Us November 27, 1994As I mentioned earlier, I visited Toys R Us almost as often as Carolina Circle Mall on the other side of Ring Road. Toys R Us was the focal point for all toys and fun that kids got excited for in the 1990s and I was in the middle of it. I recall my dad taking me to Toys R Us in early 1994 and we got my first Power Wheels Jeep, a toy I would be attached to for years. In 1995/1996, when I was in kindergarten, my dad would take me there after school every other day to buy a Thomas the Tank Engine toy. My first video game console came from that Toys R Us in early 1997; a Sega Saturn. If only I had kept that Sega Saturn because they’re worth quite a lot 16 years later. The ad on the left is from November 27, 1994. Any of you remember Gator Golf? Good times. Smile

981302_10201320998573896_1373991040_oI have recently been very nostalgic for the old Carolina Circle Mall Toys R Us. This week, I searched for some old Toys R Us memorabilia on eBay. I found an old Christmas catalog that I really wanted with a bunch of toys I probably remember from that era. Unfortunately, it was being sold for $80, which was way too much. Instead, I settled for something that’s still pretty nice; a 1993 Toys R Us yo-yo, pictured on the right.

Like Carolina Circle Mall, I’ll never forget Toys R Us. The Toys R Us on High Point Road in Greensboro, even though it’s from the ‘80s, it was massively remodeled in the early 2000s and has no nostalgia factor whatsoever. But the memories will never fade away.