What you bought there: Those mini-planetariums, glow-in-the-dark stars you put on your ceiling, and gross space food.
Who shopped there: Earthy middle-aged women and tweens.
Random fact: In 1996, Discovery bought the Nature Company store and turned them into Discovery Channel Stores. The store closed into 2007 because Discovery was losing $30 million a year.
3.Warner Bros. Studio Store: 1991–2001
What you bought there: Looney Tunes and D.C. swag that you thought made you cool.
Who shopped there: People who were too cool for the Disney Store.
Random fact: Time Warner closed all the stores down when the economy started to go bad in 2001.
4.KB Toys: 1922–2009
What you bought there: Gak, Skip-Its, action figures, and Barbies.
Who shopped there: Literally children and their sad parents who got dragged in.
Random fact: KB Toys started in the 1920s by the Kaufman Brothers (get it, KB) as a wholesale candy business. They changed from candy to toys in the 1940s because of shortages during the war.
5.Discovery Zone: 1989–1999
6.Club Libby Lu: 2000–2008
What you bought there: Tutus and glitter, I think.
Who shopped there: 7-year-olds who had birthday parties there. Everyone else in the mall just walked by quickly because of the large groups of 7-year-old girls.
Random fact: This isn't a fact, this is how Club Libby Lu described their services:
"At the party, girls arrive at the Club. They are all greeted by a fairy and make a wish on her fairy dust. Each girl then creates her own secret Club name. Then their Libby Dus™ comes true. After dressing up and playing games, they visit our Goodie Shop and make their own Goodie Bags. Singing and Dancing, all the girls celebrate the guest of honor." *SHIVERS*
7.Sam Goody: 1951–2006
8.Steve & Barry's: 1985–2009
9.Zany Brainy: 1991–2001
What you bought there: Boring learning games and shitty fake Legos.
Who shopped there: Overachievers.
Random fact: According to the WSJ: "Zany Brainy was part of a wave of hands-on, kid-friendly stores that focused on nonviolent educational toys such as bridge-building kits and ant farms." Fun.
10.Noodle Kidoodle: 1931–2001
13.Ruehl No.925: 2004–2010
15.Imaginarium: ?–1999 (when it was acquired by Toys ‘R’ Us)
16.Media Play: 1992–2006
What you bought there: CDs, cassettes, and probably your Discman.
Who shopped there: Teens and old people. Like, your grandparents who brought you there.
Random fact: Media Play opened in 1992 by the same company who owned Sam Goody and Suncoast Motion Picture Company stores. It was basically a big-box version of those places. It closed in early 2006 (probably) because of the internet.
17.Sharper Image: 1977–2008
What you bought there: Nothing. You just sat in the massage chairs. That's why it went out of business.
Who shopped there: Rich people who didn't know what to waste their money on and people who were obsessed with air purifiers.
Random fact: Sharper Image started really going downhill in 2003 when a Consumer Affairsreport claimed their Ionic Air Breeze fans didn't actually clean the air — they actually made the air worse.
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