Friday, December 2, 2016

Euclid Square Mall Santa Christmas Castle

Did you visit Santa at Euclid Square Mall? If so, send me your photos and I'll publish them here!

A few days ago, the Euclid Historical society featured a post of mine from 9 years ago, showing the Euclid Square Mall "Santa" Christmas castle for sale.

They wondered if it was still for sale. The listing has been long removed. The asking price was $20,000, and the mall actually set the castle, and other decorations up in Christmas 2005.

Castle set up in Euclid Square Mall in 2005

Christmas decorating at Euclid Square Mall, 2005
Well I pulled some strings (sent an email) and found out what exactly happened to Euclid Square Mall's Santa Christmas castle.

We still own the castle.  I bought it back in 2005 and stored it there until 2013 when I pulled it from storage, fixed it up and have leased it out the past two holiday seasons.  It is currently leased to a mall in Toronto Canada for this season. 

It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years.

If you are interested in leasing it let me know and I will be happy to send you information on how to obtain this very unique piece for next year's holiday season.

Joe
EuclidBeachPark.com
So there you have it! One of the Euclid Beach Boys fixed it up, and it's currently in use at a mall in Toronto! I think it should have its own Instagram account or something. Follow it around the world.

 And also my heart is the warms with holiday cheer because Joe says, "It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years." I can truly appreciate folks who restore things and keep history, even something like a holiday mall castle, alive and well.

Here's the picture Joe was kind enough to send me:

The Santa Castle and throne in Toronto, Canada, Christmas 2016.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us: 10 Years Later

I have got to hand it to whomever designed the original brown roof, rainbow-striped building, because it looks as good now as it did 10 years ago.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2006.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2016.
Even the paint on the "wooden" planks hasn't aged that badly. Toys R Us in Euclid opened in September 1988, and closed in 2002.

September 15, 1988 "Now Open" Euclid Toys R Us ad. Nintendo AND California dream Barbie!


Toys R Us owned the property from 1988 until 2006. They sold it to MCM Don Fisher Manor Apartments, LTD in 2006 for $600,000.

In September 2014, it was sheriff deeded to Lakeview Holding (OH) llc., then sold to SNS Properties llc. in February 2015 for $125,000.

I think it would be nifty to own an old Toys R Us but I don't know if it'd be $125k nifty...

At any rate I know the place was used for overflow (furniture) storage in the last decade. In 2012, Euclid schools held an auction there. The pictures suck hard, but I snagged one where you can truly appreciate that inside, it still looks like a Toys R Us, too.

Euclid Toys R Us boarded-up store front
Many, many feels.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving in Euclid, 1941

In 1941, not only were houses popping up all over Euclid, including those in my very own subdivision built by Benton Lefton, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

You've either got all your ducks, err, turkeys in a row, or you've yet to go shopping. No judgement.

Here's what the week of Thanksgiving ad for Fisher's Master Market looked like in 1941, approximately 75 years ago.

  • Turkey 33¢/lb.
  • Cranberry sauce 13¢ a can
  • Canned pumpkin in a big can - 8¢
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2 for 19¢
  • 34¢ for a gallon of apple cider
  • A shiny dime for a loaf of bread
  • Coffee... 19¢ a pound...
  • 6¢ a pound for apples and...
  • $1.45 for a carton of cigarettes
Celery was cheap too, but who cares about celery.

Before turkey talk and ads for Christmas presents, those folks getting their copy of the Euclid News Journal were greeted by a few paragraphs of things they had to be thankful for. 

The paper hit doorsteps November 21st, and Thanksgiving in 1941 was the 26th. 11 days later, the United States would officially enter World War II.

 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Tribute to Kenneth J. Sims: 1971 Euclid Jaycee Directory

Here's a page out of the 1971 Jaycee Euclid Directory that pays a nice tribute to former Euclid mayor Kenneth J. Sims.

I came across this recently and was struck particularly by a paragraph about how Euclid built new schools, pools, sewage plants, and improved public transportation. All while having the lowest taxes of any area suburb.

This is timely as the Euclid city schools are pushing hard for a bond (Issue 111) to pass that will ask residents to pay more in property taxes, to the tune of over $96 million dollars.

How is it that Euclid used to be on the extreme low end of the tax collection, yet have a school system so successful that people bought houses so their children could be enrolled in Euclid schools?

Perhaps continually raising the taxes didn't help, and chased industry outwards in all directions. If so, and I think that's a valid argument, will adding on more taxes help or hurt the city? You decide.

Click me.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spotted in 2016: A Euclid Red Lobster Billboard!

Faithful readers of the blog or long time area residents know that Euclid Square Mall's Red Lobster restaurant opened in 1983, and was briefly The Hunt Club Sports Bar & Grille. I don't think there has been anything at this location in this century.

We were out and about today and all the way out in Painesville, we spotted a billboard that has been covered by trees and brush since before 1994. The forest is being cut away for something and it has revealed a hulking billboard advertising 2 Red Lobster locations: Mentor and Euclid.

Holy crap.

1994 - can you see the billboard?

How about in 2004?

2010, you can see the billboard buried in the brush.

As early as late 2015, the billboard is visible.
 Ready ready ready?!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Euclid Square Mall: Closed


For those people out there who are fans of finality, here's one you'll find oddly satisfying: Euclid Square Mall has been officially closed by the city of Euclid, Ohio, for multiple safety violations by ownership.

The churches are all attempting to relocate.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Euclid Square Mall 186 - Harry London's Chocolatier

Do you remember going to London's Chocolatier at Euclid Square Mall? It was unit 186 - right next to York Steak House/Ponderosa.

November 25 1988

Here it is today:







London's Chocolatier was previously located at 22402 Lakeshore Blvd.

At the turn of the 20th Century, fine confections were associated with the delicate hand-craftsmanship of the Swiss, or the rich, smooth cream and butter used by the Belgians. In Canton, Ohio, Gilbert London was teaching his son Harry the fine art of confections by using recipes and techniques from the family’s strong European traditions.

Harry London learned over time and through the eloquent teachings of his father the true art of making fine confections. He found that in a world where more always seemed to be the norm in creating anything of wonder, the art of chocolate making broke all traditional rules. He learned that quality was more important than quantity. Chocolate needs to be simple and pure, rich and complex, and filled with blends that are subtle - yet irresistible.

In the early years, Harry London made these delicious delicacies for his friends as holiday gifts. The gifts were cherished, and soon Harry was receiving requests for his fine hand-made chocolates. In 1922, Harry — a steelworker by trade — soon decided to make chocolate his life’s work and left his job at the steel mill. Thus, Harry London Candies was born.

Starting with a small kitchen in his home, Harry London created some of the finest chocolates in the world. In the early 1950s, after a home fire, Harry London opened its first candy factory and store. Through the years, his family traditions and recipes are still held to exceptional standards, for only the purest ingredients are used.

In May of 2006 Harry London joined the 1-800-Flowers.com family of brands.
Source

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Euclid Manners Racing Club

Here's a nifty find! A membership sticker from the Euclid Manners Racing Club! Sadly the car did not come with it.