Jim spent something like 37 years working for various bookstores—Borders, Waldenbooks, Brentano’s, Barnes & Noble—which were usually located in malls. Since we’ve been together for 20½ years now, I’ve gotten used to visiting malls. There is something about them that is attractive.
Arguably San Diego’s most upscale mall is Fashion Valley Mall.
Upscale usually means expensive, and in this case, it definitely is true. It’s so expensive that just looking at the stores debited money from my bank account…. Stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus (we called it Needless Markup back in Texas), I. Magnin, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bose, Geppetto’s, Godiva Chocolatier, Gucci, Henri Bendel New York, Hermes Paris, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co…. And those are just the ones that I know. The really really expensive stores come with names that I don’t recognize.
Jim and I recently went over there at 9:30 p.m. after all the stores had closed so we could see all the lights and fountains that they recently installed as part of a $110 million restoration/expansion. Now with 1.7 million square feet of retail space, it is the largest mall in San Diego and one of the largest in California.
Following are some of the visual pleasures we experienced:
As you can see, I made some very good Photographic Art out of many of the pictures. Wait until you see the huge, colorful water fountain they installed in the center of the mall. It’s a long video, though, so I’ll save it for a future post.
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