Friday, October 14, 2005

Topanga Plaza Shopping Center

Canoga Park, California - 1960's

Moody oustside view of the mall from beyond the parking lot. And hey, there's a good old Monkey Ward off to the right, too. Loved that store as a kid--especially looking through their annual Christmas catalogs we always got back then! Here's Topanga's current Westfield-owned website.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah... Topanga Plaza. Sigh.

I remember the floor-to-ceiling oil/rain fixtures they had there. It was a series of steel "ropes" where drops of oil would descend from the ceiling like rain drops.

The other crazy thing about that mall was that it was 2 blocks away from another huge mall -- The Promenade. I wonder why they built two so close to each other?

Wed Nov 02, 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Looks like a Broadway at the (distant) left side of the image. I miss the businesses that served SoCal's now-extinct middle class. Now it's either Nordstrom's or Wal-mart, without much in between.

Sun Nov 13, 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss the ice skating rink. It was turned into a food court. Also miss the corn feilds that later became Warner Center.

Wed Dec 14, 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also had some tall bird cages at the other end of the mall that had parrots, a really cool Orage Julius kiosk in the middle of the mall, a precurser to their current food court called 'The Seven Kitchens', and a wonderful pirate themed restaurant called 'The Jolly Rodger'. Topanga Plaza was THE place to shop if you lived in the valley or the east side of Ventura Count.

Fri Dec 16, 12:30:00 PM  
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Fri Jan 20, 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger jerry said...

My name is Jerry Huth. I now live in Tombstone, Az. I was the manager of Millers Outpost in 1981. I worked for Millers for 10 years and during that time transfered in and out of Topanga 3 times. The first time I worked there in 1977 the store was small and very dark inside. The inside was medium blue and had only flood lights in the ceiling. The store was later expanded when the jewelry store next to it went out of business. At that time the store was located upstairs on the east side at the May company end. Thrifty and Imagnin were across the way. I could eat lunch upstairs in the May company balcony/resturant and watch the store.

Tue May 02, 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the May Company "Terrace Restaurant" on the 3rd floor too ...was beginning to wonder if I made it up. I wish someone would post pictures of that place! Also remember the very tall spinning "T" facing Topanga Cyn Blvd. I bet a sign of that height wouldn't even be allowed in Woodland Hills today.

Fri Jul 28, 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Canoga Park High School in the late 60's, and "going to the Plaza" was a daily thing...Hanging out at "Chuck Burger" with friends and walking the mall looking for chicks...LOL Don Paul's 7 Kitchens was one of my first jobs as a young teen. Ahhh the memories

Tue Dec 26, 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger MomHarleyXL said...

My name is Peggy, I grew up in Wdhls. Spent 18 yrs in same home just a few miles from the Malls. I met both my husbands while working at the Malls- also for Miller's Outpost. I remember Jerry! Such a surprise to see him on here. I worked at Don Paul's Seven Kitchens when I was 15- then went on to work at Millers in Promenade. Eventually Topanga, Panorama City, Mission Hills, etc. I worked with them for about 4 years- from sales to Manager. I loved the Mall, the ice rink- used to skate on w/e with my friends- the oil drops, the Angels in Promenade during the Holidays....
Good Ole' Days... (sigh)

Thu Sep 06, 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous mike brown said...

Wow what great memories. I grew up a couple of miles from Topanga Plaza and learned how to ice skate there and later in high school in the 70's I worked at Kinneys and then at Wetherby Kayser. Man, Chuck burger and Orange Julius. I met my first girl friend there who worked in May Company. They should have left the fountain.

Wed Nov 21, 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I worked for both jerry and Peggy @ millers outpost Topanga, Peggy had to fire me and 80's and drugs.

Mon Sep 21, 10:06:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my uncle working as a carpenter building the ice rink. All 4 of my siblings started working at 7 kitchens when we were 15. I still keep in touch with people from that place, I recently went to Don Pauls house to contact Rex Paul, and spoke with Matt, Don's other son. I have in my backyard one of those large planters that held one of the tall palm trees which were in different places in Topanga Canyon. That plaza was great. Wallachs, Pickwick books, I shopped at Millers Outpost a lot, I also worked at Leeds Shoes in late 70's. Does anyone know what ever happened to Bob Turk? He was the Janitor there and worked there for many years.

Sat Aug 10, 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Vicio Malo said...

I worked at 7 1967 I worked in most of the kitchens at one time or another...mostly in the Chinese Restaurant...also worked at The Ram's Horn on La Cienega when needed. Often ate at the Jolly Roger...was dark and just right for dates. I also worked at the Terrace Tea Room for a spell...My girlfriend went to Canoga HS...Joanne Dobmier she was gorgeous...VM

Sat Jun 21, 07:55:00 AM  

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