When you’re looking for a shopping experience that is truly over the top, look no further than the Scottsdale Fashion Square (SFS.) When only the very best will do, this extravagant mall full of the best shops in the whole state of Arizona is sure to leave you breathless with the word “wow” on your lips. Over 225 retailers occupy the Square that has been in business since 1961. Hosting a bevy of events each year from pictures with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, to fashion shows, and elite luncheons, SFS is the place to see and be seen.
Before you even enter the mall you’re treated like royalty. There is a valet service to park your car, an underground parking garage that keeps your vehicle cool during the hot summer months, and of course, regular above ground parking. If you’d like, there’s even a car detail while you shop or eat service. If you’re visiting here and don’t have your car with you, or you found a place to park in downtown Scottsdale, simply hop aboard the Resort Trolley to take you back and forth all day (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) for free. The outside of the Sqaure allows you easy access to different entrances in the mall, to the Scottsdale Waterfront across the street, or to the Harkins Camelview 5 Art Theatre around the corner.
Once inside, you’ll be dazzled by all the shops and retailers. There’s something for everyone from The Gap, to The Buckle, to Lucky. There’s also Kate Spade, Coach, and Tiffany & Co. Don’t forget Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and the largest Dillard’s in the country. Satisfy your specialty tastes at Teavana, Z Gallerie, or the Swarovski Crystal store. Make sure your kids look just as good as you do with BabyGap, Abercrombie Kids, and the Disney Store. There are even special boutiques where you can shop by designer. So feel free to get your fill of Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Burberry and more. There are way too many retail shops on the two levels to name here, so you’ll have to come in and check them out for yourself!
If you find that you’re famished after so much shopping, there are plenty of places to eat. If you’d like fast food, there are great choices like Paradise Bakery and Pita Jungle. If you have the time, or would like something a little more formal, choices like Modern Steak, or Kona Grill might be a better option. For the latest entertainment, SFS is one of the few malls to still have a movie theater inside. Step into the Harkins theatre on the far side of the food court, and you’ll be whisked away with the newest releases of blockbuster films. A full concession stand is inside the theater so you can be sure to get your favorite snacks like hot, buttered popcorn to enjoy with your show.
Be sure to visit their website http://www.fashionsquare.com/Events for all of the latest happenings. You never know what will be going on, from fashion shows, to special sales, to Book ’em Story Time each week for the little ones. This page will also let you know of different store hours during the holiday season. If one of the restaurants has a special menu for any reason, you’ll find out there as well. It’s also easy to purchase an American Express branded gift card to the mall for any special occasion. Any amount from $20 to $500 is available. Throughout the mall, the number for the concierge is posted. Your wish is the concierge’s command here, so just tell them what you need, and they’ll make it happen to make your shopping experience spectacular and hassle free.
Always posh, but never stuck up, the Facebook timeline has the likes of Grumpy Cat and funny e Cards gracing it. They’re also very conscious about the Earth we live on, and their impact. SFS uses exclusively green cleaning products to keep the mall tidy. There are many recycling efforts, and a smart irrigation system was added to the grounds. The lighting protocols make use of the over 300 days of sunshine in the Scottsdale area with skylights illuminating much of the mall. Many of the retailers are also doing their part by helping with reusable shopping bags.
So whether you’re from in town, here on holiday, or simply coming to find the best stores that aren’t available anywhere else in the state, SFS makes is easy to find what you need, and a few items you didn’t even know you needed. This is a first class shopping trip, so feel free to immerse yourself in retail therapy for the day!