October 1, 2022


Youth trendy style

Wanting back again at the Dayton area’s browsing malls

Here’s a little memory refresher about a few that several of us frequented: The Dayton Shopping mall, The Salem Mall, and The Shopping mall at Fairfield Commons.

Dayton Mall

The Dayton Shopping mall

2700 Miamisburg Centerville Street, Miami Twp.

The Dayton Mall, in the ’90s, was a big attraction for youthful folks. The mall’s pluses have been the video clip activity arcade and its movie theater. The foodstuff court was also excellent (its suppliers were wonderful, as well).

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The Dayton Shopping mall was the location to go to for kids from Miamisburg, Centerville, Beavercreek, Kettering and Huber Heights. If you preferred to find out who was heading to be at the best teen golf equipment of the working day — The Odyssey and The Zoo — Dayton Shopping mall was the position to do it.

Salem Mall through the years

Salem Shopping mall via the decades

The Salem Shopping mall

5200 Salem Ave., Trotwood

The Salem Mall was the shopping mall that was tied in to what was truly cool in the Miami Valley in the ’80s and ’90s. If you wanted to know all about the best weekend get together, you went to Salem Mall. If you preferred cell phone figures from ladies or fellas, you went to Salem Shopping mall. If you required the coolest apparel, you went to Salem Shopping mall.

The attracts of the Salem Shopping mall were being its apparel stores and foodstuff court. Its area was great for young ones and youthful people today who lived in Dayton, Trotwood and the surrounding metropolitan areas like Huber Heights and Vandalia.

ExaminePhotographs: Salem Mall by means of the yrs

Sadly, the Salem Shopping mall officially shut its doors in 2005 for a range of factors, which include levels of competition. Which delivers us to the up coming shopping mall on this checklist…


The Shopping mall at Fairfield Commons

2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek

This mall, which opened in 1993, was frequented by a lot of teens. But it was also the haunt of quite a few university young children, partly owing to its proximity to Wright Point out University, as very well as Central State University and Wilberforce University. In its first couple years, the mall’s suppliers were being Ok, but absolutely nothing to get psyched about. The Fairfield mall’s lures have been its area (it was quick for persons from Beavercreek, Kettering, Vandalia, Fairborn and Huber Heights to get to, which hurt the Salem Shopping mall), and its food stuff court, which at one particular time experienced a very neat video clip arcade.

Comprehensive disclosure. I labored at this shopping mall in the ’90s, and used waaaaay as well considerably time at the food stuff court docket.

Favored mall recollections

I requested a couple Miami Valley Gen Xers what their favorite mall was again in the working day:

Chris Corwin

“I split involving Dayton Mall and Salem Shopping mall. Dayton Shopping mall experienced the far better movie theater with Cinema 1 becoming so big. Although they equally experienced a good deal of the same merchants, Salem Shopping mall was cooler. Structure was much better and they experienced a much better foodstuff courtroom. Salem was more the hangout vacation spot than Dayton was. Oh, it was a unhappy day when that spot closed.” — Chris Corwin

Nikki Webb

“Mine was Salem Shopping mall. It was on the bus line, and all my mates have been there hanging out or operating there.” — Nikki Webb

Kim Hupp-Garver

“I would say my preferred Miami Valley area mall to go to when I was more youthful would be the Dayton Mall. I remember the crowds, the new music suppliers, the odor of Aunt Annie’s pretzels and Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls baking. That scent would strike your confront as quickly as you walked in. I bear in mind standing in line to see Santa Claus on several events every single Xmas time. I keep in mind acquiring my ears pierced at the Piercing Pagoda (I consider which is what it was known as) that was on the to start with floor. I favored going to the Dayton Shopping mall when I was younger because it was a just one-end store for all the things that I essential for university or for summertime clothing. I liked the various designs of clothes and sneakers and viewing other specialty shops although I was there. I even remember seeing “Weekend at Bernies” with a good friend when it arrived out.” — Kim Hupp-Garver

Christopher Joseph

“Definitely the Upper Valley Mall. We did all of our apparel and add-ons procuring there. Went to Sears Optical for our eyewear and Father bought his tires. Initially a person I hung out as a teenager on my very own ahead of discovering the wonderful Salem Mall. Didn’t enterprise to the Dayton Mall until older and was astonished at how large and active it was. I worked at Attivo there, which was a vogue shop. I was just one of the 1st folks to get the job done in the Fairfield Shopping mall at Sam Goody when it opened. Ironically, Fairfield opening led to the demise of my childhood shopping mall, the Higher Valley. Sad to see it go.” — Christopher Joseph

Michelle Crabtree

“As a tween and younger teen, I liked hanging out at the Dayton Mall with my buddies. We generally just walked around, browsed our favorite shops like Merry-Go-Spherical and Rave, or sat at a table in the meals courtroom snacking on Sbarro Pizza or Gold Star Chili. Every single now and then, you could capture us belting out tunes at Soundtracks. These ended up the days!” — Michelle Crabtree

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