Mis Amigos Locos is an expansive, organized, and perpetually growing collection of memories, funny stories, pictures, and generally entertaining stuff from the lives of a small handful of friends who grew up in Redding, CA.

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27: Gone But Not Forgotten

Redding Bookstore

I am having trouble digging up any information online about the history of these two places, so this is going to be written from my old and foggy memory, any insight would be nice. I believe the Redding Bookstore opened in 1982.  That seems like it was way too long ago, but that’s what this...
Rex's Market

Rex’s Market

Rex’s Market was a much-appreciated, true “mom & pop” supermarket in west Redding, just past Benton Airpark on Placer. It was totally old school, and run by husband and wife owners Rex and Laura Harris until the late 80’s. For those of us who grew up west of town, our moms usually stopped by Rex’s...

Mt. Shasta Mall Movie Theater

The Mt. Shasta Mall Movie Theater was in retrospect a pretty cool place.  However, not a good movie theater by any stretch of the imagination.  It had only 4 screens, and they were all pretty small.  But the place itself was cool.  It was super dark, you had to go down a steep sloping ramp...

The Hobby Hut

I think that anyone who grew up in Redding in the 1980’s would have to remember the Hobby Hut. I didn’t go in there often, but have memories of it being full of cool radio-controlled vehicles, weird roleplaying paraphernalia, and yarn. Sometimes my mom went there to buy fabric or supplies for school events, and...
In Memoriam: PAC-OUT

In Memoriam: PAC-OUT

Redding has been home to a variety of wonderful (and genuine) old school burger joints, including Damburger, Bartel’s, Gene’s, Dude’s, and others. PAC-OUT ranked among the best, and even though I only went there a few times I could see why people loved it. The food was awesome, the people were nice, and it was...
Park Marina Mini Golf

Park Marina Mini Golf

The miniature golf course on Park Marina was a place that I spent lot of fun afternoons during my childhood. Someone related to me owned the course, and a lot of other cool things on Park Marina, including the round house.  (check this out) It was like having a giant playground of your own as a kid....
Consumers

Consumers

  To me, the best thing about Consumers was that it was the only place in town where you could get cool toys and games that weren’t usually sold in local stores. They always had ‘standard’ stuff in stock in the back, but through their catalog you could seemingly order any kind of electronic game,...
Shakey's Pizza - Redding Version

Shakey’s Pizza – Redding Version

One of my favorite memories as a young kid was spending almost every Friday night at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor.  I am not sure when the Shakey’s opened in Redding, it was there on Churn Creek Road as long as I could remember. Shakey’s was awesome.  The original pizza parlor.  Dark, with music playing, long benches...

The Long-Extinct Polabear

There was an awesome store in the Mt. Shasta Mall in the early 80’s called Polabear. It was stocked to the ceiling with more high-quality toys, games, stickers, and candy than seemed possible for a relatively small retail location, as if someone had gathered up all the best kids’ stuff on the planet for Redding...

Where art thou Downtown Mall?

In a sad way, I miss the Downtown Mall.   I mean, in reality, I do not miss it at all.  It was a sh** hole.  A scary sh**hole at that…but it had a certain element of charm.  Every town or city needs that “bad part of town” for legitimacy.  Some cities like Detroit go overboard and...
TOPIC: Gone But Not Forgotten

TOPIC: Gone But Not Forgotten

Redding has been home to many great businesses and special places over the years, many of which have long since disappeared. Reach way back into your memory banks to tell us about some of the cool places you remember from Redding’s past that are now gone. Whether it was a restaurant, arcade, pharmacy, pizza place,...