Designed to draw attention and attendees—i.e. shoppers—The Village at Westfield Topanga is the epitome of a visual delight. From the exterior promenades to the interior of the shops themselves, this $350 million retail complex, which opened just a couple of weekends ago, is bursting with all the elements that John Caufield, Senior Editor at Building Design +Construction (Magazine) lists as the “5 Ingredients of Successful Mall Design.” Indeed, shopping and dining prevail at The Village. Yet, it’s the uncommon amenities in the open-air mall’s common spaces that deliver added enjoyment, making The Village a preferable shopping destination. Read on for some interesting highlights.
(The Village at Topanga is located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park, CA 91303. For additional information call: (818) 594-8732.)
Andrei Duman Gallery is the only art gallery at The Village.
ANDREI DUMAN GALLERY
Having traveled to more than 70 countries across the globe, landscape, travel and aerialist photographer Andrei Duman is intent on sharing the amazement of his extraordinary experiences. And he does just that at his photo gallery at The Village. As the first artist chosen to have a gallery in their West Coast shopping centers, Duman was eager to create a unique environment for his artworks; thus, his distinctive photographs are suspended from sculptural trees, together forming what he refers to as a “wonderland” of sorts. It’s here that the artist focuses on his escapades: swimming in Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk Island in Palau, hiking amidst the Moai Statues on Easter Island, and hunting with members of the San Bushmen tribe of Namibia. Quite simply, it’s life encapsulated in images.
Eureka! is a popular dining and drinking spot at The Village.
It’s a Greek word meaning, essentially, “I have found it.” It’s also California’s state motto; as well, it appears on the State Seal of California. Some say fortunate miners exclaimed, “Eureka,” during the California Gold Rush, when they discovered the precious mineral at Sutter’s Mill, in 1848. But all you have to remember is that it’s a restaurant at The Village, and a great place to imbibe selections from a “curated beverage program featuring 100% American craft beer, small batch whiskey, in-house aging barrels, and specialty cocktail drinks.” Oh yeah, there’s a good variety of moderately priced American fare, too. Burgers, anyone?
REI has opened one of its newest retail locations at The Village.
It stands for Recreational Equipment, Inc., and one of its newest retail locations–a two-story, nearly 30,000 square foot shop–is right at home at The Village. Design was on the company’s mind when it put together this eclectic collection of outdoor gear. Downstairs, you won’t want to miss the displayed 1970s (orange!) Datsun F-10 wagon all packed and wailing to go. If road trips are not your cup of tea, think hiking, biking, paddling or skiing. Dreaming of waking up in a winter wonderland when 2016 rolls in? Iceland might be your perfect destination. It’s just one of the many REI Adventures slated for next year. Are you game? Go ahead, pick a continent…any continent.
There’s even a Book Exchange at The Village!
Shopping may be why we go to a mall in the first place, but there are many other pastimes and amenities for you to enjoy at The Village, including:
The Book Exchange – There are six book exchange locations at The Village. Here you can take a respite and read for a while, or borrow a book to take home and read with your family. Book donations are also welcome.
Doggie Fun – Well-behaved pups are welcome to accompany you at The Village, where you’ll find doggie treats and drinking fountains designed to meet their needs. Nearby, there’s Zingy, a convenient on-demand dog walking service that for a fee will walk your pup while you shop.
The long-standing strategic game of Bocce Ball comes to The Village to provide patrons with an enjoyable break, if needed. There’s only one court, but it’s free to play, so no complaints here!
Children are welcome to climb and play at the Kids Climber, a sculptural play space that gives them a chance to strengthen their muscles and expend at least a little bit of their charming exuberance. (Located near 24 Hour Fitness.)
When families need more of a break, they can head over to the Family Lounge (located near Shoe Doctor and the escalators). Here they can enjoy a variety of toys, kid-friendly TV programs, private nursing areas, and baby changing stations.
Sunday means its time to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at The Village’s very own Farmers Market brought to you by Raw Inspirations, a California Certified Farmers. (Held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Sloan’s Ice Cream is a great place for ice cream and shopping totes, too.
NOW…AND INTO THE FUTURE
There are more than 50 businesses at The Village, including retail shops, restaurants, service providers and others, with about another two-dozen companies scheduled to open soon. That’s a lot of shopping, but if you still haven’t had your fill there’s even a trolley that will take you from The Village to Westfield Topanga. With designer totes by Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo costing upwards of $1,000 there, you’ll probably want to bring along one of your own favorite shoppers. But in case you forget, there’s always this delectable one from Sloan’s. Sweet!