Reddit user u/ForeverMozart compiled a huge photo gallery showing 90s malls and retail spaces in all their former glory.
All in all, here are around 900 photos showing the best of the past, in a time before Amazon bankrupted most brick and mortar stores.
The most surprising aspect of this gallery? Beyond the heavy dose of nostalgia and inspiration for interior design, these photos show places where people actually want to hang out, which could reverse the trend of malls dying.
If mall owners want to bring back people to their stores, beyond offering competitive prices they should also offer cozy spaces where people can spend time together and explore new products.
Case in point, take this picture from Beanorama.
It’s a place from the 90s where you could get a cup of coffee but relax in a space decidedly influenced by the 50s and 60s, with huge comfy armchairs that grandma would be envious of.
All in all, this 90s mall gallery presents plenty of creative spaces. And, if you thought the 90s were all neon colors and plastic, think again.
Your memories might be a bit fuzzy by that point, but there was plenty of 50s, 60s, and 70s inspiration in popular designs, with warm brown colors, wood veneers, space age round shapes and the likes.
Which one of these stores might tempt you the most to give up an Amazon purchase? Check out the full gallery here.
We’d like a chance to revisit Borders but we’d also buy sneakers from a place that just screams “Sputnik”.