Remembering the Past: Memories of Menlo Park Mall

DianeNorekHarrison-pastThe following is from Nick Tambakis:

Who could forget those odd, square, orange colored columns throughout the mall that were wide in the center, and tapered toward the floor and ceiling? And the stand-alone hot dog stand about midway down the mall?

Woolworth was just outside of Alexander’s and was (I think) the only ‘mall store’ that had a second floor, with an escalator to the small basement.

I recall the game room (mostly pinball machines) just past Arcadian Gardens. I spent many quarters there while my parents did their weekly shopping at PathMark on Friday nights.

The big round stage just outside of Bamberger’s where I remember seeing ‘Mr. Jiggs’… a trained monkey who rode a tiny motorcycle in a circle on the stage.

These memories are all mid to late 1960’s. Menlo Park always seemed to have the reputation as the ‘old people’s mall’ …Woodbridge Center was only a mile or so away, and was much larger, and had the ‘really cool’ stores.

The older I get, the more I miss places like the old Menlo Park Mall…….we’ll never see anything like it again.

Flashback to our Jan 22, 2009 column, when we recalled that in 1965, the old Menlo Park Mall Bamberger’s had Chantry Beauty Salon, whose services included a half-price sale in August, a cold wave, plus short hair cut, shampoo and set for $8.75, was regularly priced at $17.50.

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