Monday, August 27, 2007

The Domain, new place in Austin.

While home in Texas we had a chance to check out Austin’s newest shopping plaza, The Domain Mall. The girls have been telling Mom & Dad that we just had to see it! The Domain features nearly 100 high-end local & national retail stores. High-end, retailers that include Barneys, Macys, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and some equally impressive restaurants like McCormick & Schmick’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Daily Grill and many more. My favorite store there was a kitchen store called Sur la Table. After the whole lack of Williams & Sonoma or frankly any other kitchen store in Mexico of the same quality, it was a fun place to visit. They are currently featuring alot of Latin American items which I found interesting. Scale & planning of the Domain seemed to bring to mind the small town walkable shopping areas on a traditional town square. There was even a cute, smaller local tea shop called The Steeping Room. I was struck by the large scale art scattered throughout the plaza. *The one aspect I was most impressed with: pleasant weather! Fairly low humidity, temps didn't hit 100 that day as is the norm this time of the year, all in all a wonderful experience. Fancy Schmancy might be how some would discribe The Domain, but it is a breath of fresh air when you live outside the US for any length of time.

Texas Artist' certainly adds whimsical beauty to The Domain, keeping things from being too serious. This cute Armadillo totally caught my eye!


Lauren said...

now, if i only had the credit card to match the cost of the neat stuff in the stores!

ClaudiaH said...

We explored there a bit and enjoyed it. I saw what I thought was a bed store, "The Sleeping Room," and then decided it was indeed time for a spot of tea! Had a green tea that made me jumpy. Had a few laughs "shopping" at Neimans.

Dee said...

Ah, you were in the Steeping room! ha!