I remember buying a Rain stick here:
It was closer to the 80s, but I loved this store as a kid.
I remember the wall of TVs in Future Shop:
The 90s for me (born in 85) evoke a few things
1. tub thumping-Chumbawumba
2. The macarena
3. pictures of my sisters and her friends wearing flannel and overalls
4. JNCO's, sagging
and for me, sadly, the decline of Metallica.
Going off of Internal Comubstion I think the 10 things I most associate with the 90s would be (no particular order):
1. AOL (especially AIM)
2. Baggy clothing (Jncos for skaters/rockers and Tommy Hilfiger and whatnot for the hip-hop fans)
4. The Simpsons
5. Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls
6. Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa
8. Everyone being pissed at life although there was so much prosperity (see: grunge and to a lesser extent gangster rap)
9. The Matrix
10. Will Smith the movie star
Best stores were nothing like Best Buy, it was a goofy place where I vaguely remember 'ordering' items on the floor using a color-coded keyboard, and then going to a conveyor belt at the back of the store to pick up what we wanted to buy.
As a kid, I remember it being a fantastic place.
I think one of my favorite things about the 90's: missing things.
The late 90's were very much the last days of not having access to everything. Missed a TV show? Tough cookies. Missed a phone call? Hope they left a message. Someone came by to see you, and you were out? Too bad.
I actually miss it. I miss being able to go on a date, and no one could call you...no one could text you...no one was updating facebook during the date etc. If there was a disastrous fire or emergency at home, you didn't find out until after...and in an odd way that was awesome.
Now it's constant communication, DVR'ing everything, etc. In turn, this constant availability/information reduces the import of such things. (gets off "Old Man" soap box).