Hit List

HIT LIST

August 28, 2005|By DAN THANH DANG | DAN THANH DANG,SUN CONSUMER REPORTER

Got money to burn? Love to window-shop? Or maybe you just need a climate-controlled place to hide from Baltimore's often intolerable summer. Here are five area shopping malls where you can find a fix to gratify your every material need.

The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Just a stone's throw from Merriweather Post Pavilion, this Howard County shopping haven became a destination spot when a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation in the late 1990s brought an influx of upscale tenants such as Nordstrom, Aveda and Restoration Hardware.

The hit: One of only two Sephora cosmetics centers in Maryland and the only L.L. Bean retail store in the state. It's also one of the last malls in the area where you can still ride a carousel indoors.

Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover

The largest enclosed shopping center in Maryland, this mammoth mall opened in November 2000 and boasts 225 retailers, entertainment centers and food establishments. There's something for everyone and free mall-sponsored activities to keep the kids occupied. In other words, you could spend all day there.

The hit: Where do we start? Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Muvico Egyptian 24 theaters, Jillian's fun and games megaplex, Medieval Times and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Need we say more?

Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

Ignore the mind-boggling parking experience. Inside, you'll find four floors of mall staples from Abercrombie & Fitch to Zales jewelers. Plenty of food choices, too.

The hit: The only Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Nordstrom Inc., in the area.

Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd., Woodlawn

This large suburban mall has a great city feel to it, attracting an ethnically diverse crowd of shoppers from a rapidly growing immigrant community in the area.

The hit: Seoul Plaza, an international mall and grocery store that includes a banquet hall and a food court filled with Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants.

Harborplace & The Gallery, 200 E. Pratt St., Baltimore

The Gallery mall is easy to miss - it's smack dab in the middle of Baltimore's tourism hot spot. Once inside, though, you'll find chic boutiques such as Amaryllis jewelers and specialty stores such as Game Stop for the video game lover in you.

The hit: Best view of the Inner Harbor.

WHAT'S NEXT

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