If you didn't happen to read my valentine's post, our Valentine's date night was going to the mall, buying each other a $20 gift and then having dinner in the food court. Well, that's not exactly what happened. Let me preface this by saying, I haven't been to the mall in a really long time! I run in to Kohl's here and there for certain items, but I can't recall the last time I walked around the inside. I had no idea this trip would be so educational, ha!
Upon entering and seeing zoo keepers trying sell these little sugar bears (apparently they make great pets, check it out, www.sugarbears.com ) we decide to stick together and take in this whole mall experience together. We kept walking and stumbled upon Brow Art... From the pictures around the booth, I just assumed this was just someone painting your eyelids and giving you colorful lashes. I wanted to stop and ask a bunch of questions, but my husband talked me out of it for fear of me getting talked into getting it done, ha! (I'm easily persuaded!) So, I researched this when I got home and they do "threading" too, which is hair removal technique used in India. Who knew?
Now, this next stop still has me perplexed... the Vapor Room! I lingered around reading the signage trying to figure this store out (my husband thinks I live under a rock at this point!) It's actually called E-Cig Emporium, and they sell electronic cigarettes so you can smoke inside. Has anyone ever seen one of these? I mean, I know I hang around a lot of moms, most of which don't smoke, but this invention has me intrigued.
Moving along, we go into Spencer's because it seemed to be the most crowded store that we'd seen thus far. I remember when Spencer's used to be at College Hills mall before they tore that apart. I don't remember it being quite so raunchy! From the t-shirts to the blow-up midget doll.... (yes, I said blow up midget doll - who knew they even made those things!) it was all about sex, pot and alcohol in that store and it was filled with youngsters! I'm pretty sure I used to think that store was cool, which probably means that now I'm officially old and a prude.
We then move on to a store we're both more comfortable in, SEARS. We are going to be in the market for appliances soon, so we thought we'd go check the deals. Well we were the ONLY people there and the sales guy was all over me about what dishwasher was the best, quietest, least likely to rust, etc. (My husband up and vanished, instead of helping me get away from the sales guy!) After clearly stating I had no intention of buying a dishwasher today, he handed me his card and suggested I come back this weekend to take advantage of their President's Day sale. We beelined it to the nearest exit to avoid another sales speech!
Oh, I almost forgot the best store... the Home Spa! Talk about a sketchy place... I just looked up to see what the store is about: The non-exclusive retail sale and display of massage services, face and body therapy, nutritional, personal care and massage tools, henna tattoo face care and spa-inspired retail products. All I can tell you is that there were a lot of curtains and massage tables... and that was about it.
We also noticed that a security guard was asking people for their IDs. And on the way out, we saw the YEP (youth escort policy) signs on the doors. I do recall there being a rule about minors being in the mall by themselves... this must be why it was a ghost town in there. Anyway, after looking it up online, it appears that on Friday and Saturdays anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to be in the mall unless they are accompanied by an adult. Interesting! I wonder where all the teeny boppers hang out now?
Well our shopping trip wasn't very successful, the only thing we bought was a slice of cookie cake from Mrs. Fields, but you can never go wrong with that! And instead of eating at the food court (there was bus loads of kids eating there!) we ran over to Fiesta Ranchera and split a monster strawberry margarita and chips and salsa. It was a great Valentine's Day and I've learned that maybe I need to make more trips to the mall to stay on top of what's trending! Cheers :)
Melissa Ash - mom of 2 energetic boys, wife, and business woman. Just trying to "do it all".