|October 11, 2013
Discover what awaits you at Westfield Mall
The heat and smoke from the fires has filled the air and has caused customers to put shopping on the back burner. It doesn’t have to be that way, as you can head to the all enclosed, all air conditioned, Westfield mall in Palm Desert. Westfield is currently sponsoring 101 days of Summer, each day they have an event for kids, teens and adults. I often hear people say that there is nothing to do at the mall. Why not do what I have been doing, which is discover and explor the Westfield mall. It is the perfect place for an adventure, all at a cool 76 degrees.
The Westfield mall has corporate stores as well as numerous privately owned businesses. After looking over every store at the mall, I have found that each store has something unique for everyone. I usually hear that there are only stores for young kids and teens. That is definitely not true. There are shops for men, seniors and women, and the full figured woman, gift stores, and even services like a hair and nail salon.
What a cozy feeling the mall has with a lot of choices to eat and intimate seating areas. Every store at the mall has a lot of wonderful products. They are currently remodeling the front entry of the mall, and Dick’s Sporting Goods will be opening soon along with World Gym. Westfield has added kiosks throughout the mall. Get over there, and meet the friendly folks who are there to help you. Even Macy’s has a new store that just sales bathing suits. The main stores at the mall are of course Sears, JCPenney’s and Macy’s.
I hope you enjoy reading about three unusual stores and products, I have discovered at the Westfield mall. Stay cool, have fun, and as usual discover and explore the desert stores.
(Monterrey and Highway 111)
Happy Art Gallery (Upper level near JCPenney’s). This is not just what you think when you think of an art gallery. They carry every type of art you can think of, from originals, prints, acrylics, giclee, and all other forms of hanging art works. What I found interesting is that you can bring in a photo and they will have it produced into a painting. I was amazed at how many of the sample art work were so much better than the photos. And anything you have reproduced can be done in a Pop Art Style, which is very creative and clever.
Happy Art Gallery also does custom framing and they have a beautiful and large volume of frames to choose from. What a great gift for that someone who loves art. Another service they do is restoring old photographs, and also repairing them. What a variety!, The owner, Abdul is on site and is very helpful. He searched for some art work for me, he helps people find the artwork that you can’t physically get to in his gallery. So many people are fond of their pets, and a painting of your animal would make a great gift for yourself. There is something for any art lover and at every price point. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Rocket Fizz (Lower level ). This store definitely will bring you back to your past no matter what age your are. It is a retro candy and glass bottled soda store. When walking through Rocket Fizz it will bring you a bit of nostalgia, as the store itself gives you that feeling, with all of the concert posters, tin signs, and memorabilia. They even carry the little dots on paper, which I remember as a kid, as one of my favorite hideaway candies. Brian Williamson, who opened this store nine months ago had a great idea and this is a great place where you can put together an unusual gift, by filling a basket with all these goodies from past to present.
They also carry gag gifts, and everything in the store is for sale, except for the cute manager, Denise Abriel. Rocket Fizz also carries sugar free, and gluten free candy, and imported candies from Australia, England and Canada. They are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. By the way Brian is a Palm Springs native, so stop by and say hello, and get a chance to relive your past. If you are thirsty check out all those old soda bottles and some new ones and boutique ones. They are all there for the selecting.
The Exchange (Upper level). This store has been here for four and a half years. It is the one and only of its kind, run by Gwendolyn and Michael Jacobs. What makes them so different is that there is no store anywhere in the desert like them. Where else can you consign your used designer bags and have them featured in a store window for sale. I understand they have plans to franchise this business in other cities. They buy, sell and consign, all your hand held valuables. No loans or pawn here. They buy and sell musical instruments and valuable watches. The Exchange is known as one of the largest guitar stores here in the Valley.
There is an independent watch and jewelry repair person on hand in the store as well. They have a wonderful collection of estate jewelry, gold and silver. The Exchange is across from Victoria’s Secret, while the women are shopping the men have something to look at. That isn’t to say that women are not in The Exchange shopping too. I also found a large selection of coins and paper money. You might say this store is like a mini museum. For those women who can’t afford to buy a Gucci or Prada or other designer purses, you can find them in the store at affordable prices. What a great opportunity, and for those who are tired of their purses can sell them and buy a new one.
You will find the owners, Gwendolyn and Michael very informative, very helpful and very charming. What a match, the owners are originally from Texas and Long Island, New York respectively. That says it all. They are open mall hours which are from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.