If you follow along on my blogging journey, then you already know that I am sort of a Southlands Shopping Center girl. I love to shop. I love the outdoors. I love pretty landscaping and art. I love yummy food. Southlands has created opportunities for all of this and so much more in their first ten years of being Colorado’s largest outdoor shopping spot and I feel so fortunate to live so close.
It all started for me in 2011. We were moving here and during the home hunting and investigating trips, we stayed at the Fairfield Inn at Southlands. The girls were little and we found ourselves completely entertained and provided for without leaving the center. From playing in the amazing fountain park/playground and going to the AMC Theater to dining out and shopping for awesome sauce stuff, we loved Southlands from the start. When our first friends came to visit us, Southlands was our first outing. The girls are so little in this photo.
Last Saturday I attended a VIP Blogger Event where we learned so much about Southland Shopping Center and were challenged to spend a couple of hours exploring and showing how we do Southlands. I spent the entire time with my bestie (Laura for Housewife Hellraiser) and we had a ball. Here are some of the photos from that day!
Let’s just start by sharing that there is a TEACHER store in the shopping center. Beyond the Blackboard is filled with awesome supplies, toys and games!
Okay, how here are my TOP Ten Reasons to Shop Southlands.
One: It has the BEST stores. There are tons of great stores selling everything from clothing and accessories to gourmet food items, toys, local products and trendy items. My favorite store is World Market and I am super proud to be a member of the World Market Tribe as an ambassador. It is most awesome that my local store is in SOUTHLANDS! Here are two photos from last Saturday.
And here is a photo from yesterday when I hosted an event teach people how to decorate with terrariums.
Two: The restaurants are bombtastic. At the event we got to meet lots of the faces behind the establishments we frequent. Check out these awesome managers and chefs.
…and these delightful foods…
I love Big Daddy’s Burger Bar. I love their food, decor, staff and attention to details (and proximity to the movie theater)! They get it that food is art and that is rad.
Three: The setting is gorgeous. Being outdoors allows Southlands Shopping Center to show off Colorado’s natural beauty from plants, trees and flowers to the bright blue sky. I love this picture of my oldest child hanging out by the fire pit.
I really really really love the chairs!
Southlands in wintertime is magical!
Four: The art and design throughout the center is exquisite. When I brought my Create, Make and Celebrate Retreat girls to Southlands in November 2015 for a SURPRISE Girls Night Out, we had a ball just exploring the art, sculpture and fountains. Madge from the Midge and Madge Mingle modeled with the umbrella fountains that evening!
Five: There is lots of entertainment. Whether you like free outdoor concerts and movies or the amazing AMC theater or ice skating in the winter or riding electric bikes; you are set! Of course if you have littles, the playground is PERFECTION with climbing things and water fountains. Here are some photos that share our family love for the movie theater from the years. Yep, Zoe had her MINIONS birthday bash at Southlands.
I love to walk behind Ryp and the girls sometimes and take in just how much he loves doing things with us all as a family!
We LOVE the AMC at Southlands for all of the movie openings and special events.
Six: Parking is easy peasy and plentiful. This speaks completely for itself. Even during events and parades the parking is awesome. This is from the parade a few years ago with the Girl Scouts! We march every year and LOVE it so much.
Seven: COFFEE! There is a fabulous new coffee shop…Legends Coffee. We watched them grow from a little company with a big dream to a brick & mortar shop created in total excellence. I adore that they still support the Farmers Market as a vendor even though they have an amazing coffee house a few steps away. This, to me, is what makes the Southlands community so special.
Eight: Southlands is FAMILY fun and friendly. Their commitment to community building is top notch. They do all kinds of fun contests that create the chance for all of us (family of SIX) to come together and have a blast. Our latest Southlands’ passion is playing Pokemon while we wait for dinner reservations or parts of us go in different shops.
I love this photo of Daddy learning the ways of the game.
We celebrated National Ice Cream Day at Southlands as a family (and played Pokemon for an hour!)
Nine: Southlands Shopping Center is safe. Every time I go, I see security people doing their jobs and keeping the center not only safe but clean and peaceful. The signage is stellar with rules, a code of conduct, directions and even shopping center directories.
Ten: Because I SAID SO. Trust me. It is the best! It is the best place to shop, play explore and just be with your bestie.
Okay, wait…I have an ELEVEN! The Farmers Market is so amazing and supportive of local vendors. We LOVE going as a couple, a family and on our own. I have shared about this before on my blog. The Farmers Market is where I found the BEST cheese curds ever in the history of forever! We love the vegetables too. Zoe and I turned one of our days into the creation of a baked potato bar from the Farmers Market at Southlands.
I LOVE Southlands commitment to supporting LOCAL!
So, get in your car and go! I can’t wait to hear what you love most about my favorite shopping spot on Earth.
PS: A big thank you to Southlands for sponsoring the VIP blogger event. All opinions in this post are my own.