SEARS: The end of the era of Brookdale Mall

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remember watching Brookdale Mall (Brooklyn Center, Minnesota) being constructed as we all eagerly peered out the school bus windows, on our way to  Northport elementary.  (It was my kindergarten year, and everything was bustling with “newness”.)

It was magical – Just imagining a mass of stores, under one cover, in a luxurious setting with restaurants attached – called:  A MALL!

So many shopping firsts and fashion firsts were acquired at Brookdale Mall: Dayton’s, Penney’s, Donaldson’s, Snyder’s and……..Sears. I worked at Sears throughout High School….. it was a grand place to work.  I can’t remember a time as a little girl when I didn’t look forward to the Christmas Wish Book, or going with my Dad to get a “Craftsman” tool.  And when Mom’s washer went on the blink – off we’d go to Sears for a replacement.  Sears was the store for the Everyman.   Catalog2

The demolishing of Brookdale Mall a number of years back left one vestige standing: Sears. But now – it will soon be demolished as well.

I visited my flagship job/store/memory maker  –  in the last final days, and it was heartbreaking.  Below are a few pictures on the history of Sears – as I remember it and photographed  it.

Nothing stays the same.
And, at times, they simply vanish

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RETAILER’s:  Open on Holidays? Are we outraged or are we ignorant?

…… This is my take – Holidays mean 3 things to the average citizen:

  • A paid day off from work (but not in retail)
  • Football, Family, Food (But not in retail)
  • Traditional family time (But not in retail).

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So perhaps we shouldn’t leave it up to the hard working employees to suffer the consequences for our greed – perhaps we should support the retailers that choose to honor those employees with quality family time off, visit their stores (after the holiday) and simply NOT SHOP on holidays…..

There is the flip-side to this coin: Employees that don’t have or want family time.  Should they be forced to lose the income for those holidays?  Should the employer pay holiday pay to all that don’t work on holidays (this will never happen – perhaps for management – but not for the hourly workers) – or give them the choice to work?

There are always two sides (or many) to the coin.  Opinions??

SNAKE Oil: Is THIS what sells your product??

We’ve been suckered in…time and again to…. the marketing traps, right?snake cart

“WE’VE FOUND THE ANSWER…BURIED FOR YEARS!!!
Read on….”

“MEDICAL MIRACLE THAT YOUR DR. DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!! Read on…” 

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(Wrinkles, gout, insomnia, depression, weight gain, failing business)… with these two Risk Free MIRACLE Products… Read on.

….And you  DO read on.…page after page…because the mystery is not qSnakeOilnude-font-buite ready to be revealed!!  (….definitely not until that plastic card is out of your wallet and you’ve been reeled in: Hook, LIE and Sinker. )

SERIOUSLY WORLD: IF YOU HAD THE CURE FOR A LIFE THREATENING DISEASE, DEATH, BLINDNESS, MAJOR WEIGHT LOSS, SAGGING SKIN, HAIR LOSS….whatever…. Wouldn’t you plaster that news top and center of your very first paragraph????

And if this supplier HAS THE CURE for suffering in his/her greasy little hand…don’t you find it inhumane and cruel to keep it from the masses until it’s become the next New York Times Bestseller, or “Over a Million Sold” product??snake-oil

Personally, I just erase these emails from my inbox and never click the side posts on FB.   But/and – as of late – these “urgent messages” and “inbox spams” are showing up on LinkedIn as invited contacts. WTF??
Yes, that’s right …the online bible of business has succumbed!

But we’re not safe until we “Just say NO”.  We can do this folks, say no to the new age of the “Snake Oil Salesman”