4 Infamous Malls for Fantastic Finds

Pennsylvania native and A-list actor, Will Smith, has been known to frequent King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia, PA.
Pennsylvania native and A-list actor, Will Smith, has been known to frequent King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia, PA.

The holidays are a lot closer than you may think. Do you shop for that ‘special someone’ on your list via Internet or do you set out on a journey to the mall with wall-to-wall shoppers? If you are more of a mall shopper, these four shopping centers may be just the places for you, because they are large enough, with stores that can offer something for even the hardest to please.

In Search of the Perfect Gift

1. Santa Claus would be proud to know that you spent so much time choosing the perfect gift at Mall of America. Located in Bloomington, MN, this mall boasts being the largest shopping mall in the U.S. Open for roughly two decades, it features more than 500 high-end and chain stores. But, that’s not all, you can also enjoy your pick of quick serve and sit-down restaurants. The mall also holds memorable tourist attractions.

Kids definitely won’t be bored because they can visit Nickelodeon Universe, a seven-acre amusement park, equipped with roller coasters. Another special aspect of this mall is that kids can meet and greet their favorite Nickelodeon characters; perhaps they may want to take a picture with ‘Dora the Explorer.’ Just how popular is Mall of America? Well, so popular that nearly 40 million people visit the mall each year.

2. Pennsylvania native and A-list actor, Will Smith, has been known to frequent King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia, PA. A Simon Mall, King of Prussia Mall is said to be the East Coast’s largest mall. Why? It contains nearly 400 boutiques and eight department stores, specialty shops also are included, as well as an abundance of eateries; more than 40 to be exact. And, for shoppers’ convenience, the mall is divided into three sections: the Pavilion, the Plaza and the Court. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area be sure to stop by, they’ll be glad to have you.

3. Nestled in Short Hills, NJ, Short Hills Mall is yet another option for the fashionistas or gadget freaks on your list. With more than 160 shops, the mall makes available to you staples in clothing such as Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Stuart Weitzman, the Gap and Tiffany & Co., to name a few. For the gadget lovers there is Apple, Bose and Brookstone, which barely scratches the surface.

4. From the east coast to the west coast, you may want to consider visiting The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Paparazzi is always on hand at this mall, ready to snap their cameras when they spot stars. Not only will you be among the rich and famous, but you can also shop at UGG Australia and Anthropologie, too. If you become tired from all your shopping and star-gazing, you can take a ride on the Grove Trolley. What’s this? It’s the free electric trolley that runs between the Grove and the nearby farmers market.

Well Worth the Trip

Yes, the ‘season of giving’ comes and goes; sometimes with a blink of an eye, but you don’t only have to shop at these places during the season. Now do you? Retail therapy anyone?

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-Kimberly Williams

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