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Baskin-Robbins, Dutch Square: Late 90s/Early 2000s   11 comments

Posted at 12:56 am in closing

My memory is that in the original layout of Dutch Square, there were two stores in the actual mall building which had no access to the mall interior: Jackson Camera and Baskin-Robbins.

Why this was, I don't know. A camera store, even a smaller one (but more than a film drop-off) could easily draw foot traffic inside the mall as well as any number of other specialized stores that had inside access, and there were other fast-food operations inside, such as Orange Julias, Chick-Fil-A and lunch counters at Edkerd's and Woolworth's.

At any rate, Baskin-Robbins soldiered on with its odd location for a good number of years until around 1996. I noticed some activity in the store recently (first picture), and it turns out that it is to be reopened (or perhaps already is) as a barber shop.

UPDATE 9 September 2011: Commenter Weston points out I was wrong about the 96-ish closing date, I've changed it to something less specific (Late 90s/Early 2000s) for now.

UPDATE 18 January 2023: Update tags, add map icon.

11 Responses to 'Baskin-Robbins, Dutch Square: Late 90s/Early 2000s'

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  1. BR was there much later than '96. They were definitely still open when I worked at Office Depot, which was 99-03, and I'm pretty certain they were still there for a couple more years afterward. I distinctly remember being surprised when visiting the mall that they *were* still open...


    9 Sep 11 at 7:11 am

  2. You're right -- I was reading my Feb '97 phonebook incorrectly (the DS BR was in little type *above* a big boldface list of BRs). I'll change the date to something less specific.


    9 Sep 11 at 12:25 pm

  3. The B-R at Woodhill was only accessable from outside, too. maybe it was a define feature of the chain.


    9 Sep 11 at 2:21 pm

  4. Jackson Camera did have an inside mall entrance. I know that Baskin Robbins was open at least until January 2002, because I purchased an ice cream cake there.


    12 Sep 11 at 8:36 am

  5. I think the BR was still open in 2005 when I took a job on Bush River. I think this location is now co-located with the Dunkin Donuts in Boozer Shopping Center.


    12 Sep 11 at 9:52 am

  6. If I remember right, BR was an outside store so it could be open on Sundays.


    14 Sep 11 at 9:08 pm

  7. the name of the barber shop is called Distinguished Gentleman (per the Dutch Square site plan)


    15 Oct 11 at 4:51 pm

  8. Distinguished Gentlemen is now open up at this site...


    12 Jun 12 at 3:50 pm

  9. When I worked at J B White in the mid 80s, BR had a two-scoop sundae for 99 cents.


    7 Sep 12 at 8:25 am

  10. The Dutch Square Baskin Robbins was my very first paid job... I was the summer after 9th grade... I was 15 in 1994. It was such a fun and easy-going job. Sunday evenings were the busiest... Everyone ordered butter pecan, pralienes and cream, cherries jubilee!

    Mrs. Cooper was the owner, and her sister owned the Woodhill Mall location. I earned $3.00 an hour... Doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I felt good about my little check every two weeks.

    Dee Dee

    27 Jan 13 at 2:47 pm

  11. Hi! I'm super late seeing this. I'm the owner of Distinguished Gentlemen Barbershop. Thanks for the shout out. I remember all those stores. I never thought I'd own a shop in the same Baskin Robbins I came to as a child.

    Ty Hutchinson

    25 Aug 14 at 8:51 pm

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