Shop till you Drop!
When I first moved out here 15 years ago, my friend in the Park Cities
"I need to pack water cress sandwiches and martinis to come visit you, you are
so far out!" (I think I have used that before, if so , please excuse...)
It was only 15 minutes away, it is all perception.
Now with the growth of the
Dallas Metro to 5 Million, Plano has changed
and grown up to be quite the little
city of 250,000 strong. West Plano is approximately, 91,000 in population and
you want for nothing.
The west side which was developed last has built quite the shopping
Everyone knows that in Dallas we have as much shopping
sq ft as NYC. Within the past two years, I would say you do not have to go into
Dallas for anything except the Arts.
I will highlight a few venues that are all less than 5 minutes away if you live in
West Plano, zip codes 75093,75024.
The Shops of Willow Bend is a very high end shopping center,
it located at
Park and the Tollway, It is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Macy's
& Dillard's. It is a new concept mall and resembles the arts and crafts movement
but with very modern conveniences. Specialty shops include, Escada, St. John,
Armani, just to name a few. The landscaping for the entire mall is done in native
Texas grasses and trees that are beautiful all year round. Maggiano's Italian
restaurant is right next door to the mall. (A throw back Sinatra moment)
A bit farther northeast at Parker & Preston is Lakeside Market,
if you are
fortunate to live in Lakeside, this beautiful community of homes you can walk
to your own shopping center and restaurants. This includes Weirs furniture store
(always a deal to be had there), Smith & Hawkins, Sur La Table and more.
Neighborhood restaurants include Mignon's (Steak brassiere) in the French
tradition, and Red's Patio Grill which are divine hamburgers and where would
you be without Mi Cocina's Tex mex, all three of these finds have outdoor sitting
that looks out to one of the gorgeous lake of Lakeside. Kathleen's from the Park
Cities opened up here a couple years ago, don't forget the Italian Cream cake!
The newest and the most successful new venue is The Shops at Legacy,
a mini urban sprawl on Legacy drive which is playground to all the corporate
campuses, like EDS, Frito Lay, Cadbury Shwepps to name a few. Here you
will find a very high end mix of specialty retailing and restaurants combined with
the Angelika Theater and apartment and condos to live as well as work here.
Jaspers, Cru, Nicola's, Naan, Bob's Steak House, Martini Park, Fireside Pies,
Rob & Stuckey's furniture, Barbwire Western Wear and much more....this has
truly become the destination to go out for an evening and stay in Plano, either
walk home or a very short ride.
This just touches the tip, there is much much more! Shop till you drop
that will take a while! And if you must go to Dallas,
check out the new Fashion
Center of the Southwest, NORTHPARK
, there is not a better shopping mall
around that caters to the best shopping and stores available in the U.S. Check
Fashion at the Park beginning March 7th, it will be like a New York fashion week,
but with stores showing their spring collections down the run way!