Jamestown Mall Memories
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Old Timer

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#1 Feb 1, 2011
How about some good memories of the past of Jamestown Mall to ease the pain? Who remembers the original stores from the early 1970's? I think the mall opened in '73? Remember Forum Cafeteria? It was a downtown institution and a surprise that they opened one up that far out in the county, much less in a shopping mall. Great food. Remember the Baskin-Robbins right across from Forum, next to Walgreen's? As well as Walgreen's own restaurant. How about down the wing by the twin cinema, the old Jacks Or Better restaurant? It seems like when a mall expands it's the kiss of death - right after jamestown expanded with the new wing and Famous-Barr things started slipping (the same thing happened at River Roads).
Anyone remember the wrestling bear in the mall in the 1980's? It took on all comers in a wrestling ring - if you could last 60 seconds with it you were considered the winner.(try doing that now with PETA!)
It was a fun place


#2 Feb 1, 2011
Jamestown was a wonderful place, full of people and fun.

There was a cafeteria up close to the entrance of Sears that had very good food.

There were about 5 or 6 restaurants besides the food court.

It was a busy and bustling place.

Florissant, MO

#3 Feb 1, 2011
Tinder Box smoke shop and the cigars. The game room was a lot of fun.
Bow Tie

Richardson, TX

#4 Feb 1, 2011
I worked as an usher at the Cinema in '76-78. Had a blast working there with my school friends and across the mall was The Athlete's Foot with Dawn and Karen, ahhh Karen and Dawn, what great memories!!!
Talk about FastTimes at Ridgemont High, we lived it!!!

Florissant, MO

#5 Feb 1, 2011
I remember all the great Christmas decorations and Santa with a line of kids waiting a mile long. There was the cheese and sausage place that I can not remember the name of and the 5 7 and 9 clothing store that I now would not be able to buy anything in these days due to the free samples at the cheese and sausage place, the pretzel place and Baskin-Robbins.

Wright City, MO

#6 Feb 1, 2011
Merry Go Round. Trendy, overpriced fashions. IOU's, Z Cavaricci, Skidz. Oh yeah, circa 1990.

“I am a Pit Bull ”

Since: Aug 08

on the pantleg of opportunity

#7 Feb 1, 2011
Back in the 70's when Jamestown was still new, I remember the times I'd go music shopping at Camelot Music. Back then 45 singles, 12 inch remix vinyl and vinyl albums were the backbone of the music industry. Most malls had at least 2 maybe 3 record stores. Music shopping was fun back then. They would play music you never heard before and just might walk out with a new band or artists latest album. CDs came along and music was becoming less personal of a shopping experience. Online retailers where you could order the CD the mall stores didn't have in stock. You could order a CD through the mall store, but why bother when you could order it online through another source and get it faster than ordering it at the mall retailer? On Fridays after payday my friends and I would plan to shop for music at Camelot and spend the rest of the evening shopping the variety of shops and department stores until closing time.

Those were the days.

United States

#8 Feb 1, 2011
Does anyone remember a store called " Davy Jones Locker " ? it may have been a men's store, I just remember it was themed like a deep sea underwater place and had a really funky floor- very rubbery .

Lenexa, KS

#9 Feb 2, 2011
Foxmoor, 5-7-9, Gap, Casual Corner, The Limited = my shopping at Jamestown.
To take you back a little further...how about Blusts Jewelery and Dandilion Shop at Village Square?

United States

#10 Feb 2, 2011
What about the Banana tree out in the mall walk way. Yes I remember the Famous French onion soup too. Those where the days when famous was Famous not the junk Macys puts out for you to look at and decide it isn't worth what they want.

Florissant, MO

#11 Feb 2, 2011
Singing x-mas carols with the DeSmet Dynamics, and geting to miss classes to move those darn risers!

Thanks Mrs. B

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Feb 3, 2011
I saw big foot incased in a block of ice there years ago. It looked real but we knew it was a fake.

United States

#13 Feb 3, 2011
Not as good as River Roads. Used to go into Woolworths just to smell the fresh fried chicken, roasting nuts and popcorn. They had excellent popcorn. Nuttin like it at JM.

Since: Sep 10


#14 Feb 3, 2011
I worked at Orange Bowl, Sears and the Bakery across from Walgreens...can't remember the name. Platform shoes at Bakers...and the pinball and game arcade. Spending Friday nights at the mall. 1970's.
Freaks and Jocks

Wilmette, IL

#15 Feb 3, 2011
Riding the bus from Flo Meadows to the mall 'cause we were too young to drive. Snagging cheese and summer sausage samples at Swiss Colony (also sticking our heads in the barrels of coffee to snort the smell), shopping for unicorn blacklight posters and novelty candles at Spencer's, fashion shows at Stix, hiphuggers and halters at Davy Jones Locker, Foxmoor and 5-7-9, waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A, jello sale at the mall cafeteria, smell of new rubber tires in the Sears lawnmower display, celebrity appearances by Tiffany and also, bizarrely, by the tall guy from Night Court (the one who played the bailiff). I spent all of my teenage income there, but I also did my first and last shoplifting at JM, and still feel a little guilty about it.

Florissant, MO

#16 Feb 4, 2011
I was hired in late 1981by the mall after my Marine Corps service. Job- clean up the parking lots of the people who were drinking and using drugs. In about a year that generated over 200 apprehension, the busiest night being a two-hour period that totaled 13 arrests. Then, in the Fall of 1982, the corporate office said, no more arrests, let ‘em go, I fact, escort the offenders to the roadway. I took the story to the Globe-Democrat (remember that newspaper?) and was promptly fired by Jamestown Mall. I miss the ladies at the Merry-Go-Round; the Sears security staff was great; the Wild West Stunt show, complete with gunfights, did shows in 1982 for a week (Probably never hired at malls anymore due the gunfire); the Elvis impersonator was freakish, when I looked out into the audience and saw seven more watching the show.

Lenexa, KS

#19 Feb 9, 2011
yo der brutha - know what's down there yo. But happi we sceared da hoosier, meth-head, child molestas and whatnot out der to O'fellon.

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Feb 9, 2011
brutha2brutha wrote:
yo der brutha - know what's down there yo. But happi we sceared da hoosier, meth-head, child molestas and whatnot out der to O'fellon.
yeah, that's almost funny...

Irving, TX

#21 Feb 9, 2011
Spencer Gifts was one of the best gigs i ever had!
Former Forum Employee

Saint Louis, MO

#22 Feb 9, 2011
Old Timer commented about the Forum being a Downtown institution & was surprised that it had opened at Jamestown Mall. Don't be. Pope's Cafeterias also of Downtown & St. Louis County fame was a shareholder of the Forum Cafeterias. Mr. Pope lived on I believe Old Jamestown Rd. across N. 67 & down a few blocks from the mall.

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