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B&I’s Funland arcade closes after long run

Friday, July 26, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Decades of fun screeched to a halt this week in Tacoma.
   Mikey’s Funland, an arcade in the quirky, iconic B&I Public Market Place – once known as the B&I Circus Store, dating to 1946 – is no more. Its arcade games are up for online auction, aside from the vintage carousel.
   Time has robbed the B&I of some of its luster, yet the market on South Tacoma Way remains a historic landmark, brimming with nostalgia. In its 1950s and ‘60s heyday, B&I thrived as celebrities appeared, like boxer Joe Louis, The Cisco Kid, and Robin from the “Batman” TV show.
   Ivan the gorilla lived there for 27 years. The Miss B&I hydroplane raced in 1956, and again in 1962.
   In one memorable promotion, B&I dumped thousands of pounds of ice in its parking lot for a “when will it melt?” contest.
   B&I’s owners say they plan to build a new, modern, smaller arcade on the site. Read The News Tribune article.

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