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Anyone remember Hills department store?? Candle company creates Hills snack bar scent, entire Mid-Atlantic freaks out

 
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Anyone remember Hills department store?? Candle company creates Hills snack bar scent, entire Mid-Atlantic freaks out
If you lived in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, South, or Midwest in the ’80s or ’90s, you were probably familiar with the discount department store chain Hills. (If you aren’t from that area, when you read this story, substitute your favorite now-defunct local or regional department or discount store for Hills.) This week, a local YouTube channel and a candle company teamed up to create a scented candle, and created a frenzy.

Hills stores had snack bars in the lobby, which were nothing unique: popcorn, fossilized hot dogs, soda, and Icees were all available. The stores also had housewares, clothes, and a great toy section, which starred in their most memorable commercials for shoppers of a certain age.


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You can no longer visit a Hills Department Store for the discount clothing, toys and housewares, but you can still smell it — maybe in your mind, but also literally now, in your home.

An Irwin candle-maker and a comedian-actor of local yinzer video fame have had the good scents to partner on the Pittsburgh Dad’s Hills Snack Bar candle. Quickly becoming one of Sugar Creek Candle Co.’s biggest sellers as word of it spread on social media in the past week, it re-creates a late 20th-century aroma experienced in one of that era’s most ubiquitous local retailers. It’s a perfume mix of the popcorn, pretzels and Icee slushes conveniently sold inside any Hills entrance.

“It’s one of those warm, fuzzy memories that we love, and apparently there are many other Pittsburghers and people from places all over who loved Hills,” said Curt Wootton, aka “Pittsburgh Dad,” who has dropped numerous references to the defunct department store into his popular videos that affectionately mock local culture and dialect.

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Hills bump.
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I remember Hills!!! I loved that store!!!
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those old school fancy dept stores were so cool. fancy rooms, carpeting, restaurants, clothes models...
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I remember Hills!!! I loved that store!!!
 Quoting: BamaGirl73


I did too!
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I remember by my house there was a special needs kid who worked in the toy department, he died, it was so sad.
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We don't have those fancy things here !
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those old school fancy dept stores were so cool. fancy rooms, carpeting, restaurants, clothes models...
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Not Hills...lol. It was just like a regular, run-of-the-mill store sort of like Wal-Mart now. Nothing super special. When you first walked in though, there was a snack bar though that offered deliciousness in the form of popcorn, pretzels, Icees, etc.
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Another article...

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I loved Hills growing up, and Gee Bees! Pittsburgh Dad cracks me up.
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The one I remember also sold shaved ham sandwiches, five for a buck. Shaved ham, chopped lettuce, and mustard smashed down on a soft white bun.
In memories, it was some of the best food I ever tasted.
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I loved Hills growing up, and Gee Bees! Pittsburgh Dad cracks me up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26751047


What's a Gee Bees? Don't think they had it around where I was.





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