Austin Area Shopping Centers
Malls, Outlets, Street shopping and Destination
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San Marcos Premium Outlets3939 IH-35 South in San Marcos 512-396-2200 www.premiumoutlets/sanmarcos.com
Take a day or two or three for some serious shopping at this impressive collection of luxury and name-brand stores! Conveniently located off Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin, this beautiful Venetian-inspired outdoor center features 140 stores including 7 For All Mankind, Banana Republic Factory Store, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Fendi, Gucci, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pottery Barn Outlet, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tory Burch, Victoria’s Secret and more all at savings of 25% to 65% everyday.
The Shops at Arbor Walk10515 North Mopac Expressway 512-338-4755 www.simon.com/mall/?id=1224
Located at the southeast corner of MoPac Expressway and Braker Lane, The Shops at Arbor Walk is part of the new Austin shopping explosion that has hit the area. Opened in the later part of 2006, the 450,000 square foot mall is home to such names as The Home Depot, Marshalls, JoAnn Fabrics, and DSW Shoe Warehouse. Shoppers looking for fun food options will find many at The Shops at Arbor Walk, including Mimi’s Café, Chipotle, Camille’s, Mighty Fine Burgers and Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Sunset Valley5400 Brodie Lane www.sunsetvalley.org
Once pristine farmland, there’s still green that’s being harvested on this property, but it’s a cash crop of a different kind. Building these outdoor Austin shopping centers has meant big property tax breaks for the Sunset Valley residents, while penny-wise shoppers know that dollars spent here means a slightly lower sales tax than shopping elsewhere in the Austin area. Shops include Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx, a 24-hour Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, and Cost Plus.
Village at Westlake701 S. Capital of Texas Highway 512-327-3628
Tucked away around a bend, it’s easy to miss the Village at Westlake at first glance. Entering the driveway reveals that looks from the highway are deceiving, as this Austin shopping center encompasses shops, restaurants, and an upscale Albertson’s grocery store.
Wolf RanchSouthwest Corner of I-35 and SR29, Georgetown 512-930-8008
Wolf Ranch makes shopping more convenient than ever for residents in the fast-growing North Austin/Williamson County area. This new 750,000 square-foot open-air retail shopping center owned by Simon Property Group opened in the summer of 2005, and is home to a mix of “big box” anchor stores, specialty retail stores, and unique restaurants. Wolf Ranch is also a delight to the eyes, with its walking paths and park benches and beautiful landscaping.
'The Drag'Guadalupe Street - MLK to 29th Street
Sure, the national chains such as Barnes and Noble and the Gap have moved in, but the small, funky shops that the Drag is known for are still there. Hunt for a legal parking space (or use one of the paid parking lots as a last resort), and take the time to meander and discover the joys of street vendors at 23rd Street, beads and baubles at Nomadic Notions, and other funky finds.
Kerbey Lane/Jefferson Square38th Street, from Lamar to MoPac
Running along the length of 38th Street, veering off to Kerbey Lane and culminating in Jefferson Square, this area offers quaint shops that invite exploration. Jefferson Square is the home to Anderson & Co. Coffee, where the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans lingers in the air. Other small businesses are just as eclectic-from a store that sells dolls and doll accessories to a clock shop, a lamp shop, a shop that sells only architectural antiques, the list goes on and on, and is best investigated during an afternoon with time to dawdle. Finish up with a good meal at Kerbey Lane Café-or begin your day there-it’s open 24 hours.
North Lamar Blvd.12th Street to 6th Street & 6th Street - North Lamar Blvd to West Lynn
Walk along this intersection and you’ll find every part of Austin represented. Hip, funky, cool, laidback with a touch of tradition, it’s all here. Diversity abounds on these two streets. Just a few of the stores on North Lamar include BookPeople, a much beloved locally-owned independent bookstore; Eclectic, a store that lives up to its name with its exclusive imports; Emeralds, with its ultra chic women’s fashions; and Waterloo Records, an independent record/CD/DVD/video store with deep roots in the Austin music scene. Going west on Sixth, look for Whit Hanks Antiques with its 70 antiques and arts dealers under one roof, Wiggy’s with it’s large selection of fine wines, spirits and cigars, Sweetish Hill Bakery with its delectable delights.
South Congress Avenue, or “So-Co”Nellie Street to Mary Street
Reborn and rediscovered, the SoCo District is enjoying a renaissance. From the renovated Austin Motel and San Jose Motel, to Jo’s Coffee, to new stores such as Wet and old favorites like Terra Toys, this is the perfect strolling Austin shopping experience. Parking is plentiful along South Congress, and shopping in the neighborhood is the perfect activity for one of those lazy Sunday afternoons. Be sure to come down for “First Thursday” where every First Thursday of the month stores, galleries and restaurants host an evening neighborhood block party.
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