As they say, when one store closes, another one opens. Ok, I might've just made that up, but it is true at Eastland Mall in Evansville, Indiana.

Keeping Malls Alive

I love going to the mall. Maybe it's because I grew up thirty miles away from Evansville, and going to the mall was not something we did very often. So, anytime I see empty spaces or stores planning to close, I am always hopeful that something new and exciting will fill the space.

Photo: Liberty
Photo: Liberty
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Tilly's Closing January 8, 2023

As my son and I were making our way down to Hot Topic, I noticed this giant sign in the window of Tilly's announcing that it would be closing soon. The sign says that this location of Tilly's in Eastland Mall will be closing on January 8, 2023. You will still be able to shop online at tillys.com.

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*Scroll Down To See What Eastland Mall Looked Like in the 1980s

Are You Ready to get SLIMED?

If you have ever attempted to make slime with your kiddos, you know how messy it can be. Now there is a new place that takes care of making the slime and all of the clean-up too. The Slime Factory Powered by Maddie Rae is set to open its first Indiana location in Eastland Mall.

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How Does it Work?

The Slime Factory offers times that you can easily book online. There are different party and group packages available, or you can get a Full Experience ticket that includes:

• Admission for one slime maker
• Making of 2 slimes
• Slime toppings (charms, beads, scents)
• Print Certificate
• Multiple selfie and Instagrammable opportunities

Find more information including hours HERE.

Who is Maddie Rae?

Maddie Rae is a world-famous 'Slime Content Creator'. She began her career in slime when she was only 11 years old! She is the founder of Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue and Slime Bash. The Slime Factory uses her product.

Then and Now - See Inside Evansville, Indiana's Eastland Mall

Eastland Mall opened in 1981, and it has changed a lot through the years. JC. Penny still anchors the mall on one end, and what was Lazarus Department Store is now Macy's.

Vintage Disney: Step Back in Time Inside Retro Disney Store

Most of the retail Disney stores have closed. Luckily we have these photos from the Louisville, KY store that was in Oxmor Mall.

Then & Now - Evansville's Washington Square Mall Through the Years

Evansville is home to a lot of unique buildings including the first enclosed retail shopping center in Indiana. Yes, our very own Washington Square Mall was the place to be when it opened in 1963. If you walk through the mall today, you would never guess how alive the shops were, even through the 1980s. Enjoy this walk down memory lane I've put together, and maybe someday there will be new life inside 5011 Washington Ave.

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