I live just over 10 minutes away from this mall, so I visit quite a bit. There is a light rail station right across the parking lot for those who use it, which I've always thought was great, though I don't use it. There is a lot of parking, including a small garage if you want your car out of the elements, but it is almost always crowded. I usually park in front of the food court and I somehow always find a pretty close spot, but you definitely have to search.
The food court has something for just about everyone. You have the standard Chick-fil-a, Sbarro, Panda Express, Dairy Queen, Subway, Ben & Jerry's etc. and then there is Greek, Cajun, Asian, and this one place that sells soups, salads, and sandwiches if you want a healthier option. My personal favorite is Wasabi Jane's. They have a Japanese mustard chicken that is unlike anything I've had anywhere else, even though I normally get the bbq chicken and yakasoba noodles.
As for the shops, well, usually I'm just window shopping. Many of the stores are quite pricey, but that's kind of the neighborhood. The house prices in this area are in the 300-500k range, so the stores are priced for the people who live here, I guess. There is a great variety of stores, though, and something for just about anyone in the family. Most of the kid's stores are grouped together downstairs. I don't know if it was planned that way, but it seems genius. The LEGO store is always a favorite to visit, and even the Disney Store, though I don't have kids. My husband always wants to wander through Dick's Sporting Goods, and I like to stop at Wetzel's Pretzels for a snack.
The mall is laid out very well and everything is easy to find. I also like the comfortable rustic atmosphere and all of the comfy places to sit and watch other people while drinking a Kona coffee from the cafe next to Nordstrom's. During the day, the mall feels more like any other kind of mall I've ever been to, but at night, there's just something very warm and cozy about it. And as one other reviewer noted, the bathrooms here are very nice, especially this one near one of the main entrances, can't remember exactly where. And they do have family restrooms.
Lunchtime and right after the schools let out in the afternoon are the busiest times. Morning and evenings are the least crazy, except between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Bottom line, it's a great place to spend a snowy Saturday, whether you plan to buy anything or not.
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