The grand opening of Leatherland at the Forest Park Mall was celebrated just in time for the Christmas rush. This photo from Dec. 21, 1988 features the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Leatherland’s general manager, Paul Campagna (pictured left), Forest Park property manager Wayne Holler, and sales manager Rayvon Shelton (right). The Forest Park Mall (7600 W. Roosevelt Road) was buzzing with activity in the 1980’s, boasting photos with Santa, Deb fashion, Splendiferous ear piercing, Great Expectations haircuts and perms, Spencer (who had Cabbage Patch Dolls), Lausanne Jewelry, Mazzone’s Italian ice, Fashion Bug, Video Vision movie rentals, CPI one-hour photos, the Jacket Rack, Aunt Diana’s Chocolate, and Kinney, the Great American Shoe Store.

Jill Wagner