I came across someone’s pin on Pinterest that mentioned Contempo Casuals today. Suddenly I was nostalgic for baby-doll dresses, rose-patterned tights and fake leather jackets. Then I realized that these things do still exist in stores all over again, but my 32yr old self would never fit into them. I fondly remember going to Contempo Casuals at the Monmouth mall in Eatontown, spending all my hard-earned chore money on crushed velvet clothes to wear with my burgundy docs and choker necklaces. So fabulously 90’s.
It made me think about stores and stuff I wish was still around.
-Fat Frog ice cream.
Oh man I can still taste these things! They were green-tinted vanilla with M&M’s for eyes, and the back was coated in chocolate. Why these are not around anymore is beyond me. Between my sister and I, they could be raking in a fortune on these things. I know that Good Humor makes other kid-friendly ice cream bars, but they just aren’t the same. Plus, who says kids won’t enjoy just a plain old frog? Why does everything have to be tied in to a movie or tv show now? Kids dig frogs, they don’t need your corporate junk.
-Skinmarket (Bath, Beauty and Accessories)
Skinmarket closed all of their stores in the early 2000’s, and I still get sad when I go to the Paradise Valley Mall and see a crummy baseball hat store in it’s place. This was my favorite of all the stores, ever. Their body butters and lotions were the best and the scents were amazing. I wore their Mango scent almost every day. They had a makeup and nail polish line that was perfectly glittery and shimmery, and it was really good quality too. But the best part was their jewelry and accessories. I still have a ring and several necklaces from them that I wear to this day, and I still get compliments on them. Come back Skinmarket! I’m not the only one who misses you, there is an online community of fans still mourning this store.
-Steak and Ale restaurants
Home to the best salad bar and my favorite dish ever, Hawaiian Chicken. I used to always make sure to go whenever I went home to NJ to visit. Growing up they were our go-to restaurant for birthdays and holidays. I even celebrated my engagement there in 2007. But they closed in 2008, and I’m still sad about it.
I guess that’s it for now. Did I leave anything out?