The late 1980s were a glorious time. Mullets were actually considered cool, women wore shoulder pads, and there was Batman merchandise based on the 1989 Batman film everywhere. You simply couldn’t escape Batman and it was wondrous. The above image is from a series of photos depicting life at Malls in the late 80s.
The store in our local mall that was Batman central was Coach House Gifts. Back then Coach House was like a watered down Spencer’s in that it had lots of pop culture related stuff without all the sex toys and douche bag paraphernalia. Speaking of Spencer’s, do they make the aisles impossibly small to navigate through on purpose? Anyway, Coach House was my number 2 stop at the mall after the arcade and before the B. Dalton Books. At some point Coach House stopped carrying cool items and went in a direction that was more like a Hallmark. A really lame Hallmark that didn’t have cool Star Trek or Star Wars ornaments.