I was thinking of some of the things that I did while I was growing up in Flint…
- Going sledding down the hill at Southwestern and drinking Peppermint Schnapps
- Going to the Whoopie Bowl
- Saturday TV meant watching scary movies with Sir Graves Ghastly.
- Grapevine’s on Clio Road
- Eating caramel corn from Dale’s Health Food Store on Harrison St.
- And the words to the Paramount Potato Chip song: “I’m Slim Chipley, the guy you see on the Paramount Potato Chip’s bright red pack, I’m the flavor deputy, protecting crispness in every sack. They’re delicious, and so nutritious — yessiree they’re pips.”
Does anyone remember the South Flint Plaza on Fenton Road near Bristol? I am trying to remember what stores were in the mall in the 70’s and 80’s before Value City got there.
Some of the stores that I can remember are:
- The Fair
- Genesee Bank
- Little Caesars
- Baskin Robins
Does anyone remember any other stores that were in the mall?
Do you remember The Friendly Frog that was in the Genesee Valley Shopping Center?
It was made by sculptor Marshall Frederick (1908-98) in 1970 for the Genesee Valley Mall. It is made of Terrazzo and Concrete weighing 6600 lbs.
The Friendly Frog
The Friendly Frog’s first home was the Genesee Valley Shopping Center, which commissioned it in 1970 near the time of its opening. The frog’s richly textured surface and gracefully slanted back naturally invite climbing and sliding. Children strolling through Genesee Valley found it irresistible, but eventually the shopping mall decided to part with it. In 1986, Genesee Valley turned the frog over to the Children’s Museum, then housed at the North Bank Center in downtown Flint. The museum was able to put it on exhibit there, introducing it to a new generation of children. But when the Children’s Museum moved to its current quarters at 1602 West Third Avenue, the staff was advised that the floor would not sustain the weight. Carefully stored by Hank Fracalossi at C & S Motors since 1993, the sculpture was brought to Applewood in 2004.
Not sure why I was thinking about the frog? But do you remember that other attractions in the mall? The big fish aquariums and a big old bird cage going towards Hudson’s? How about the three-sided impression of a woman’s body? I even remember the entrance that we always went through… the stores that were at that entrance were Perry Drugs, Baker’s Shoes, Genesee Bank and Record Land (I think).
I remember thinking how huge that mall was when I was young, now look at big it is! How old does this picture make you feel? Doesn’t a hot pretzel from Hot Sam’s sound good tight about no