Goodbye Rainbow / by Cameron Jarvis

Rainbow Foods on East Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove was knocked down to make way for a Hi-Vee. It's interesting how it doesn't take much height for a building to completely define your experience of a place by enclosing you in a defined space. Rainbow Foods, and more specifically the fact that you can't see any part of the block behind it was a distinct part of my childhood here in Cottage Grove. It was not a large part and never took up much space in my memory, but it was a very concrete and well defined thing that could not have been any other way.  My parents tell me it used to be a K-Mart.