You know when you think back to your favourite childhood memories, and you just can’t help but feel happy and nostalgic? For me, when I think about Coquitlam Centre I get all of the feels. My brother and I joke that CQC is the mall that raised us- but it’s kind of true. Growing up in Coquitlam (just outside of Vancouver), it rained a lot, and we had to find creative ways to entertain ourselves. When I was about 8 or 9 my brother and I would sleep over at our grandparents, and look forward to walking to the mall and going window shopping. When I was a little older, we’d go to Zellers (anyone else remember Zellers?!) and visit the bear, Zeddy at the Zellers restaurant. My family moved to Port Coquitlam when I was in grade 2 and although I wasn’t very far from CQC, it wasn’t walking distance. I’ll never forget creating a master plan with one of my elementary school friends, and mapping out how to bus to CQC. I told my mom I was at her house, and she told her mom she was playing at my house. We took the 701 bus route all the way to CQC, grabbed a 69 cent cheeseburger at McDonalds, and visited our favourite stores Mariposa and Stitches (with no money of course). I don’t know how, but our parents somehow found out that we took the bus to the mall without their permission, and we were both grounded. When I was in grade 6 I decided to get serious about fashion (so I thought). I transitioned from Stitches and Mariposa to Bootlegger, La Senza Girl and Off the Wall. I remember walking through Off the Wall and seeing all the cool, trendy girls who worked their, and dreaming that I would maybe work at Off the Wall one day. I’ll never forget back-to-school shopping and buying my first Butter and Song top and a t-shirt that read “Jesus is my Homeboy” – oh how fashion has changed 🙂 I can go on and on with all the memories I have at that mall. There is an entrance by London Drugs that always reminds me of my grandpa who has now passed. He would always take me to the mall through that entrance, and every time I walk by it I still think of him. It’s pretty amazing that one place can hold so many amazing memories and bring me right back to my childhood. Since becoming a mom I have been so eager to share similar experiences with my daughter. Evangeline is only 15 months old and she has visited CQC more times than I can count. I’m thankful to Coquitlam Centre for housing so many special memories for me, and I know that my daughter and I will only create new memories there.
If you have any special memories at Coquitlam Centre I’d love to hear them, so please comment below.