Monday, April 27, 2015
Recently, I had to pick up a replacement shower hose at the Central Avenue Home Depot and decided to take the shortcut to the Westgate Plaza. I stopped to adjust a chronically loose shoelace and looked up to see this sign.
This unassuming building which, in recent years, has been home to miscellaneous businesses such as a martial arts studio and a small theatre, was once Wheels Plus.
It was a typically 80s roller skating rink - a place of colored lights, loud music,a DJ booth in a sort of stocky tower dead in the middle of the main, skating area, a tiny wooden skating area for little kids, and a snack bar with memorably good French fries. I didn't go there too often, once or twice for classmates' birthday parties and at least once on a class trip. And I was never a good skater, whether on wheels or ice. But seeing the old sign was certainly a terrific flashback to the 80s!