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December 27, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- The Glistening Ambience

The reflection of the chandelier sparkled off every wall and visitor that entered the center. The Waterford crystal chandelier was installed in the Waterford Mall in 1985 and was the largest at the time in the United States. Shopping centers are the 3rd most visited place for the average American after home and work. Therefor,…

December 20, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Capital Sensation New Years Party

The old post office was built over 100 years ago, located between the White House and Capital Hill. What once was an unused building quickly transformed into 60,000 square feet of food shops, cafes and fine boutiques. In 1984 the multifaceted space hosted a New Years Eve party with over 50,000 guests.

December 13, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Sparkle and Glamour

Ever wonder what shopping magazines were like in the 1980s? Well, it was a whole lot different then online shopping. The strategy for mail order catalogs was solely the idea of luxury. The more glamour in the magazine the higher the sales were for the retail store.

November 22, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Virgin land 1984

Expansion is a crucial part of success for any retail real estate. Howard N. Brownstein, always grinning, gives some valuable advice on this topic “Expansion isn’t like building on virgin land, because the new has to blend seamlessly with the old, in terms of function, traffic, and visual impact.”

November 8, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Saving energy even in the sweltering heat of 1984

In Waikiki, Hawaii the heat is always a dilemma when it comes to building a shopping center. However, the developers of the Waikiki Center found a way to save energy and still keep the center cool and comfortable. Energy saving was created by using natural cooling materials such as cement, high ceilings to maximize the…

November 1, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Toast to the ‘sister’ centers

The first know international relationship between shopping centers occurred in 1985 with the bond between Fremont Hub in California and Kamishiba Center in Fukaya, Japan. The official collaboration was made at the annual merchant’s association dinner, set in a Japanese theme.

October 25, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- The Soaring Butterfly

With wings constructed of 100% stain glass and a delicate structure the suspended butterfly sculpture in the New Port Center is the main attraction. Intricate, elegant and intriguing the art form has brought significantly more shoppers to the center. Ester Fuhrman, 1984 president of Fuhrman art consulting said, “A sculpture should add excitement to make…