NorthPark is one of my favorite places in the world. Sure, I like to shop, but that’s only a fraction of the attraction. I just like to be there. When I visit NorthPark I feel cooler, sleeker and more hip than I do anywhere else. They are celebrating their fiftieth birthday with several weekends of fun. Let me tell you about it.
Love in My Inbox
The first thing I do every morning is check my Gmail inbox. Most of what’s there is deleted before I even look at it. I really hate how many companies think they need to contact me daily. NorthPark sends me a love note about once a week but I never delete their emails. Instead, I pore over their communication carefully, looking for a reason – any reason- to visit my favorite place.
A couple of weeks ago the love note invited me to come celebrate NorthPark’s Fiftieth Anniversary. My head was immediately filled with happy images:
- BLT sandwiches at the Woolworth lunch counter with my mom
- the baby blue pantsuit with a pirate blouse from JC Penney’s that might still be the favorite outfit I’ve ever owned
- working part-time at Lord & Taylor where I met my very best friend
- the sound of the wooden floor inside The Carriage Shop
- Jambon Moutarde Crepes at the Magic Pan
That’s just a sample from a very long list of pleasant memories I associate with NorthPark. You won’t find any of those things at Northpark any longer, but they live on inside my head. When it first opened, NorthPark only had 3 anchor stores, the movie theater was separate from the mall and food courts were unheard of. It’s evolved over time, but I loved it from my first visit back in 1966. We’d just moved to Texas and the mall, one of the nation’s first enclosed malls, had been open for about a year.
Focus on Fashion
My email love note informed me the first weekend of NorthPark’s celebration would be all about fashion. The North Court would be turned into a venue for two days of fashion shows, one right after the other. Well, this was just too exciting! What was even more exciting was free admission. Well, you could pay, which would guarantee a prime seat and a split of champagne, but I’m very into free. I started reserving my seats immediately.
I’m fortunate to have a wonderful stable of friends. They help me enjoy most of my adventures, but last weekend was a busy one and everyone had something going on. I considered blowing off the whole thing and doing something like attending to my ever lengthening to-do list, but only for a moment. NorthPark was celebrating her 50th birthday and I was going to celebrate with her.
The Celebration Isn’t Over
I’ll tell you all about the fashion shows soon, but first I want you to know they were just the beginning of the celebration. The fun is going to continue this weekend. On Saturday there will be a free concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ryan Anthony and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. It’s a picnic on the grounds kind of thing and you bring your own blanket and picnic. Then Sunday will be Artrocks, an art festival focused on hands-on activities for kids, featuring a concert by Gravity Feed and a return of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. How much fun is that?
While you’re there, check out Art Meets Fashion on Level One, between Neiman’s and Nordstrum’s. The exhibit has gorgeous examples of fashion which connect the art world with the world of fashion. There’s everything from the iconic Campbell-soup-can paper dress to splendid evening dresses covered in bling. That blue pantsuit with the taupe lace is my favorite. They can just wrap it up and send it to me. Then all I’d need would be an event to wear it to. It’s a little more than I’d need when I’m headed to the grocery store.
I’ve got lots more fun to share, so keep coming back! Soon I’ll fill you in on all the fashion tips and trends I picked up at the fashion shows.