I've always said YouTube is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It is a wonderful depositary of our video past. Got the What's Happening theme song rolling around in your head? You are only a few clicks away from scratching that nostalgic itch.

A weird phenomenon that has grown out of YouTube is watching old commercials. When I was recording shows with my VCR I always prided myself on my skills at cutting out the commercial breaks. Now I wish I hadn't been so quick on the pause button trigger, because watching old commercials is so surprisingly fun. Especially when they are old local Sioux Falls commercials. These bring back all sorts of memories.

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Like the classic Sioux Falls favorite: Gigglebees. For the uninitiated, back in the '90s, Gigglebees was THE place to go for family fun in the Sioux Empire. Arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, skeeball, and pizza. Oh, don't forget Wilbur the Coyote, the tricycle-riding robot waiter. The restaurant was located at the corner of 14th and Minnesota in central Sioux Falls, it closed in 2008.


MORE: Remembering Gigglebees in Sioux Falls

If you want to get really '90s, watch this 1994 commercial for Sioux Falls College, now known as the University of Sioux Falls. This is so '90s; quick cuts, fast zooms, super generic sports rock. It's great! Check it out, maybe you'll see someone you know.

MORE: Nostalgia Overload on YouTube: Captain 11 from July 2, 1986

From 1991, this two-minute collection features commercials for Magnolia's restaurant which was on north West Avenue near the arena (those ribs look great), Empire Car Wash on 41st, and Karl's TV Audio and Appliance.

What memories do these commercials spark in you?


Top 14 Restaurants That Should Come Back to Sioux Falls

Some friends and I were getting together for dinner and we were trying to decide where to go. That’s when we started reminiscing about our favorite Sioux Falls restaurants that have come and gone. Here's a list of 14 restaurants I want to come back to Sioux Falls. What restaurants were your favorites that are no longer in Sioux Falls?

Worst Parking Lots in Sioux Falls Metro

Let's face it, some of the parking lots in the Sioux Falls metro are pretty hard to navigate. Sometimes it feels as though you're taking a risk driving through them on a busy day.

We made a list of some of the worst parking lots in the Sioux Falls Metro. Be extra careful while guiding your vehicle in these tricky lots.

Is the parking lot you dread driving in the most on this list? Take a look and find out.

Iowa Palmer Company's Twin Bing Products

Can you even really claim to live in this part of the country if you've never had a Twin Bing?


"It consists of two round, chewy, cherry-flavored nougats coated with a mixture of chopped peanuts and chocolate. The Twin Bing was introduced in the 1960s," -Wikipedia

Not only has the TB been a staple of the Sioux Empire for over half a decade, but the makers of the classic candy have also infused the unique cherry and chocolate flavor into lots of other things.

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