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The Mall Magic of the Mrs. Fields Cookie

It was never about the cookie cake itself. Like the best mall food, its seduction was more complex — and emotional

The Department Store Catalog Was the OG Instagram

For ’80s and ’90s kids who didn‘t have much, the dream of a better future could always be found among all those glossy pages

Hollister Is the Secret Stench of Christmas

This holiday, I’m longing for the odor of hots with spiky hair and puka-shell necklaces. Could it be that the much-derided Hollister scent is… actually good?

How Retail Workers Deal With Nonstop Christmas Music Without Going Nuts

‘I heard ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ 27 times last week — I counted.’