Thank you so much for this website! I grew up literally at Yard Birds – my father, Jack Williams, started at the original store known as Sun Birds, then moved to the big store where he was the shoe store manager. I was born in 1965, so I spent my childhood all the time there, from getting all my mary jane shoes fitted by my father, running through the toy department, eating 8 cent donuts or free popcorn with my yard bird tokens. I took dance lessons upstairs. I even was there the day the big bird outside burned down – broke this little girl’s heart!
How I miss those parking lot sales, playing with the free puppies, talking to the mynia bird, buying my girl scout outfits – oh the myriad of memories! I truly look forward to seeing the documentary and I plan on taking my dad with me.
My Dad was the manager of the Bi Lo Foods inside of the Chehalis Yard Birds when I was growing up. There were times when my mom brought us there to pick him up and while we were waiting, Yard Birds was our playground. We would go look at toys or shove a bunch of quarters in that nesting chicken thing, the thing that would cluck and lay an egg that would hold a little prize. (My Dad HATED that thing, he said it drove him crazy) I miss having the Yard Birds in Olympia and now that I know there is still one around, I will have to let my kid in on the joy that I had when I was his age…