The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

September 15, 2008

Help Identify This Labelscar at Totem Lake

Filed under: Malls — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 1:22 am

I’ve been doing a bit of digging through my photo backlog, and I found this one that I meant to post earlier, but forgot about somewhere along the line.  This is a labelscar which I found on the front (the side facing the street) of the building at Totem Lake Mall which currently houses the Trader Joes store.  I can’t really make this out, but I figure someone out there might recognize it.  Based on my research, it appears that this particular building previously housed a General Tire center and an indoor miniature golf course (there’s a bit of an odd combination) when the upper mall first opened, and later on I seem to recall seeing something about this becoming a Les Schwab tire center, but I can’t be certain of that (There’s a Les Schwab a few blocks away in the Totem Lake neighborhood which looks to be a lot more recent than this.)  These look like they could have been garage entrances at one point that later got walled over.  There’s also the enigmatic Turbo Tubes waterslides that I have seen multiple people write about in the comments, but have yet to hear of or see anything about those besides the fact that they existed. 

I’ve been meaning to put together a post on some of the stuff I’ve found on the upper mall so far, but I think I need to go back and get some more stuff off the microfilm before doing so.  In the meantime, anyone care to shed some light on this?



  1. Which auto repair bussiness had the logo where the “O” was a bolt being turned by a wrench? I pretty sure that was the one. Mr. Goodwrench maybe..

    Comment by Colin H. — September 23, 2008 @ 12:25 am

  2. This one? (it would be an “a” being turned by a wrench instead of an O, but close enough):

    Comment by Brian Lutz — September 23, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  3. That’s it exactly!

    Comment by Colin H. — September 23, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

  4. Just for the record, Turbo Tubes was located next to Denny’s Pet World. I forget if it was the north or south side of DPW, but it may have taken up two slots. The south half was the main entrance, leading to a small restaurant area which served hot dogs and bad Chuck E. Cheese style pizza, and a decent selection of arcade games. The north side of the store front was the exit pool for the two slides, visible from the restaurant (and the store front) through large windows. Locker rooms were located at the east side of the space – perhaps in the bottom of the tower that was built to contain the slides. There were two tubes (and they were fully enclosed tubes, not slides). The one on the north side was considered the gnarlier of the two as it was twistier and contained a blacked out portion as opposed to the translucent blue that made up the rest of the tubes. I went many times, but the only date I remember was what must have been June of 1985 for a birthday party. This would have been at the height of it’s popularity, as the lines extended a good way down the spiraling stairs leading up the tower, and you were charged by the ride. Later visits towards the end of the venture were considerably more deserted, and had an “all-you-can-slide” pass.

    Comment by John Butts — September 24, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  5. The store you have the photo of was once home to the “American Sport Diver” store. I do remember it also being a Mr. Goodwrench or a Goodyear at one time, too. Turbo Tube was located where Denny’s Pet world currently resides. Big 5 used to be called “Sports West”. It has always been in that location.

    Comment by Terri Klemmer — October 9, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  6. why did turbo tube go out of business? i heard its cuz someone was hurt and sued and won millions! talk about a spoiled family! how fake can a person get?

    Comment by kalie — August 17, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  7. When it was built it was a General Tire. A putting green was attached to the back until the building expanded over it.

    Comment by Colin — August 17, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    • I’ve actually got some newspaper stuff on what was originally at the upper mall back when it opened, and if I stop being so freakin’ lazy about this stuff one of these days I might even post it at some point. The putting green was actually listed as Totem Lake Indoor Mini-Golf, but I don’t know much beyond that. Still seems a bit of an odd thing for a place like that though…

      Comment by Brian Lutz — August 17, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

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