This is really a review of this area of Allen Texas. The Allen Premium Outlets are great, please go on-line and see the brands offered to develop your shopping strategy. It just depends on what you are looking for on a personal or gift basis, and your budget. But there is something for everyone in the Outlets. We do recommend that you include the Columbia, Cole Haan, Coach, Nike in your strategy.
But there is more. Across the highway is the Villages of Allen and Fairview. Both offer interesting and different shopping experiences. Because of the economy some shops and restaurants come and go, but interesting on both sides of Stacy Road. We recommend Logan's for Happy Hours and casual dining, In and Out burger for one the go, Wholefoods has an very interesting set of options not only for groceries, but for take out food with a nice place to eat in or just outside the store. Upscale? Well check out Gloria's and La Duni both wonderful options, figure on $50 per person at these places.
And then there is the rest of Allen Texas. Yes we live here which means we don't have to drive far to take advantage of the shopping or food. But there are many other great places to shop in Allen, get a bit to eat (La Finca - Mexican is one great example), and you can even get your hair cut, your car oiled and fixed, and care/hospitals. And of course a great ISD keeping up with the educational needs of the community.