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Goodbye Southwyck

Even though the end has been in sight for a while, it was kind of sad to read in yesterday's Blade that Southwyck Mall was shutting the doors for good. I grew up in the South End and Southwyck was THE place to be in the early 80's. I have a lot of good memories there: getting Miami Vice style duds at Merry Go Round, browsing the records at Camelot and NRM, getting older kids to buy us cigarettes from Port Royal, eating at Barry Bagel, sitting on the lion statues outside the mall entrance to the Lion Store, etc. Not to mention Orange Julius and Red Baron!

Anyone else have any good memories of Southwyck?

created by Ace_Face on Jun 30, 2008 at 10:39:25 am     Comments: 23

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ACE you ol softy!

"getting Miami Vice style duds at Merry Go Round"

You got an ugly memory!:)

posted by Offshore on Jun 30, 2008 at 11:53:50 am     #  

"Anyone else have any good memories of Southwyck?"

Can you say MALL RAT with a mullet. LOL
Defender and Space Invaders at Red Baron. Sliding my sneakers across the carpet, touching the quarter slots with a coin and BINGO; I was in business and could play for hours. That is of course dependedant on not being escorted out by those dastardly attendents in the Red Shirts! I lost count the number of times they said..."If I catch you in here again I will call the Police and have you arrested for trespassing".

Wait 60min., re-enter and start the whole process over again.

posted by KraZyKat on Jun 30, 2008 at 12:29:26 pm     #  

"Anyone else have any good memories of Southwyck?"

Being caught by Mr.Vitali for skipping class. I always wondered how he knew exactly where to find us.

posted by KraZyKat on Jun 30, 2008 at 12:35:51 pm     #  

It took Main Street commerce, bottled it up, tinted the windows, insulated it, air conditioned it and resulted into a longterm failure and an architectural nightmare. I think Baudrillard's spirit is buried there. It's in an OK Cola bottle.

That said, I liked running up and down the stairs, people watching, and the video games.

posted by charlatan on Jun 30, 2008 at 01:15:14 pm     #  

"Gift Wrapping" A friends car for Christmas,who worked at Waldon books.

The car was something like a mid to late 80's Volvo (about the size of the city block). Took us 3 big rolls of paper, and 2 rolls of tap. We even had ribbon, and a Giant size gift card for it.

posted by drunkenwildmage on Jun 30, 2008 at 01:17:24 pm     #  

There was a pizza place - Cinzano's - Cassano's??? near the Orange Julius that had great pizza. The best was Olde Towne and playing "Tron".
Remember that creepy guy who ran Red Barron? He had long black velvet boots on. I belive now days they would make him registar with the sherrif....

posted by Molsonator on Jun 30, 2008 at 02:08:09 pm     #  

"Gift Wrapping A friends car for Christmas,who worked at Waldon books"

was her name jenny?

posted by jhop on Jun 30, 2008 at 05:14:47 pm     #  

Southwyck was from before I moved to Toledo. Though I can sympathize with the authors feelings I can understand why it's shutting down.

There was some hype a while back about completely redoing Southwyck Levis-style which would have been nice. Though I dont think the local economy could support it. We have levis and now Fallen timbers not to far from there.

The big thing I noticed when I was in that area is all of the for sale signs. Driving to buckeye to pay my bill a good 1/4 of the business buildings in the area had for sell/lease. (may be exaggerating but not far from it). The whole area around there seems to be dying.

Though Nickel World is pretty nifty :)

posted by jshriver on Jun 30, 2008 at 09:44:38 pm     #  

To add to my previous note, the next 10 years might be interesting for Southwyck. From my understanding of economics, we in the US have been using cheap gas to sprawl out a lot.

Now that we don't have that, I can see more people moving back into the city or communities becoming smaller and more clustered. If that happens then old malls might get an infusion since people would rather shop there than drive 30minutes for groceries or cloths.

posted by jshriver on Jun 30, 2008 at 09:47:20 pm     #  

Hickory Farms was a great food store that leaned to those with epicurean taste. Many types of cheese and teas from around the world. They had a tea from India called Keemun that I liked. Can't find it anywhere now. Oh yes- remember their Thuringer sausage called Beefstick? It was quite popular during the Yule season.

Another food seller was Mr. Bulky, which had snack foods like candy, nuts, etc. in glass bins.

Montgomery Ward was the other anchor store. Good selection of wearing apparel. They even had a hardware & paint department. Next to it was large appliances. Sadly, I remember reading in the Blade on two different occasions that Ward's jewelry department was robbed by thugs who smashed the glass display case with a hammer, scooped up the most expensive stuff, and got away.

Once a year the main concourse was the setting for a humongous antique dealers show. And during summer near the fountain, various horticultural clubs had shows that exibited roses, dahlias, etc.

posted by flinty on Jun 30, 2008 at 09:53:45 pm     #  

Old Town, Movies at the Southwyck 8 (or was it 10) Theaters, watching kids "accidentally" fall in the water feature under the atrium, being given a quarter to get a bagel at the The Bagel Place and having that be all that I could spend.

posted by corky on Jun 30, 2008 at 10:12:57 pm     #  

"Gift Wrapping A friends car for Christmas,who worked at Waldon books"

was her name jenny?"
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Something like that.. It was either Jenn, or Jennifer.. if memory serves me correctly she hated being called Jenny ;)

posted by drunkenwildmage on Jun 30, 2008 at 10:17:30 pm     #  

Ah, yes. Me and my high school sweetheart 'Joy'. Some GREAT memories.

Ah.....I'll not elaborate further.

posted by GraphicsGuy on Jun 30, 2008 at 10:58:00 pm     #  

I remember enjoying a movie, eating at McDonalds and buying a 45 record, and all on my $10 allowance.

I enjoyed Old Towne the best. Would tell my children stories about it every time we would walk past the entrance way in the Mall.

posted by ToledoLatina on Jun 30, 2008 at 11:06:18 pm     #  

As a kid growing up on the west side I hardly ever went to Southwyck. Franklin Park was in walking distance and Northtowne was thriving. I do remember Red Barron being a pretty crazy place at times.
But as an adult I enjoyed the hot minute that they had the “art house” theater. I hope they do something (successfull) with it.

posted by Ryan on Jul 01, 2008 at 01:11:10 pm     #  

For me, in junior high, it was Westgate for meeting girls. I hated having to go with my parents; I looked (rightfully) like a dork.

In high school I would go to Westgate on Sundays (remember when stores were closed on Sundays?) and ride my motorcycle along the sidewalks to see how I looked in the reflective glass. I called it “profiling”!

posted by Offshore on Jul 01, 2008 at 01:25:04 pm     #  

I think they should of converted it to an indoor swim park, with one of those continuous rivers, and slides. Add a wave pool and a surfing machine, throw in a food court and shops and I think it would of done alright. Could still do it with Northtowne.

posted by Linecrosser on Jul 01, 2008 at 03:48:51 pm     #  

This isn't my sport, but wouldn't it be a great facility for paint ball? Divide it up into urban city warfare and outdoor or jungle venues. Or it could be a mammoth indoor shooting range.

posted by holland on Jul 01, 2008 at 04:13:53 pm     #  

Southwyck was and always will be the only place in Toledo that defined me growing up, like only late 30s or older would probably understand- I will never care about any other building in Toledo like this one- You can tear it down but you cant erase my memories of her- I was sad on the finally day that more of us in the 37 age range werent there - but I know how busy everyone is- I got on the news so I thought I would share you the link cuz I am sure most missed it- I was the guy in the tanktop with the wrong name under him- I won't lie I got choked up- I could make a book about this place- but no one would read it

http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/acct/QGhj0W030ne1bBzELEPg

posted by wumpscut on Jul 01, 2008 at 09:57:25 pm     #  

Southwyck was and always will be the only place in Toledo that defined me growing up, like only late 30s or older would probably understand- I will never care about any other building in Toledo like this one- You can tear it down but you cant erase my memories of her- I was sad on the finally day that more of us in the 37 age range werent there - but I know how busy everyone is- I got on the news so I thought I would share you the link cuz I am sure most missed it- I was the guy in the tanktop with the wrong name under him- I won't lie I got choked up- I could make a book about this place- but no one would read it

http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/acct/QGhj0W030ne1bBzELEPg

posted by wumpscut on Jul 01, 2008 at 09:57:26 pm     #  

sorry that is my confimation for joining- here is me on the news - They really could tear down my high school which i dont hate- rossford- but i wouldnt get as emotional as about southwyck- i dont wanna blame anyone for it- i just wont ever forget her

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt252_bL1GU

posted by wumpscut on Jul 01, 2008 at 10:00:28 pm     #  

I worked at Southwyck for 11 years. I met my husband there, I have many, many, wonderful memories at that mall. It breaks my heart to see what has become of it.

posted by annie04 on Jul 03, 2008 at 04:21:17 pm     #  

Ditto for Northtown Mall.

posted by Linecrosser on Jul 04, 2008 at 08:38:46 pm     #