A lot of questions run through your mind when you're on the phone with Tiffany, the '80s pop princess behind I Think We're Alone Now
When's the last time she listened to her first album? How does she feel about her media-created rivalry with Debbie Gibson? And does she REALLY like that chair she bought on HGTV's Flea Market Flip?
But the most important question for the woman who rose to fame playing shopping malls may be this: How does she feel about the decline of shopping-mall retail in 2018?
"I think it's a shame," she said in a recent phone interview. "Really, malls were destinations. Yes, online shopping is really convenient, and I'm all for small business. I've had my own boutiques in Nashville. But there was something magical about the mall. Everybody went there on a Saturday and you met your girlfriends for lunch. For young kids, it was an opportunity to look at things that you probably couldn't afford or to just laugh at. Go look at hot guys and play at the arcade and go to the music store.
"But they've taken a lot of those things out. People now just go to run in and get their packages and go. Our lifestyles are really fast-paced. I think we don't really take the time anymore to go old-school. We're missing out on some of those activities that were just fun and connected people."
Tiffany performs on Sunday at the Jaeb Theater in the Straz Center. Click here for details.
For more of Ellen E. Clarke's interview with Tiffany, click here.