This may be the greatest thing I've ever seen. I'm also quite jealous that I didn't come up with the concept.
There is so much history in the Capital Region, and I'm not talking about the Battle of Saratoga or Henry Hudson sailing up the river. A t-shirt store based out of Boston, but with ties to the Capital Region has put together a line of shirts commemorating the things we miss in the area - everything from defunct department stores to former sports teams.
Your Chance to Own some Capital Region Retro Inspired Swag-- Feed your Nostalgia!
Many of us in the Capital Region find ourselves yearning for the simpler times of the 80's and 90's. Like when the whole family would load into the station wagon and head down to the Knickerbocker Arena for a Mr. Mister concert, or when you'd get done watching your favorite VHS tape, stick a paperclip into the back and rewind it, and head out to Crazy Eddie's home entertainment store to buy a better VCR.
While humanity hasn't quite yet perfected time travel, Local Vyntage gives us the opportunity to take a look into the past and feel nostalgic. As a retro inspired vintage clothing store based in Massachusetts, its catalog includes a wide variety of graphic shirts and hoodies with historic logos of some of our favorite department stores, concert venues, sports teams, and more from the Capital Region, among other locales! Get yours today.
A Final Look Inside Mohawk Mall in Schenectady
Once a thriving shopping destination in the Niskayuna/Schenectady/Colonie area, Mohawk Mall opened in 1970 and lasted just about until the millennium.
A Look Inside Abandoned Ames Department Store in NY
Ames Department stores were once prevalent throughout the United States, including here in the Capital Region and other parts of New York. At one time, there were about 700 stores nationwide.
I remember buying my first DVD player at the store in Latham when it was having its going out of business sale in the early 2000's. That location is now a Hobby Lobby.
In 2002, there were between 300 and 400 stores. The company was declining in sales and shut down operations permanently.
This former store is located in Horseheads, NY, in the state's Southern Tier between Elmira and the Finger Lakes. What makes it unique is the fact that sign and external design of the store still remain. In fact, the power still works in the building - as these urban explorers found out when they were making their way through the building.
Inside the store, not much retail history remains, though there are some colorful counters and maybe the remains of some signs on the floor. It also appears some squatters may have been calling it home at some point.
As expected, floor tiles are deteriorating, ceiling tiles are non-existent, there's garbage and debris, but neatly piled into different areas, so somebody is keeping an eye on it. Graffiti is seen in different parts of the former store as well.
It looks like some work may have been done on the facility in the past as it looks 'relatively' clean for a store that's been abandoned for around twenty years.
WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.
Inside a Capital Region Caldor Department Store in 1997
This is from video taken at the Caldor location that was at Aviation Mall in Queensbury. Obviously taken with VHS video. Check out some of the hot items for sale, including the latest CD's from the Foo Fighters, Wallflowers, and Hanson.