A bevy of new businesses opened Thursday at SanTan Village shopping center at Williams Field Road and Loop 202 in Gilbert.
Officials from the Phoenix-based developer, Westcor, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning, but more than 85 retailers and restaurants were already up and running.
Here’s a quick run-down of some of the new shopping amenities:
• Build-A-Bear Workshop, a retailer that allows children to make their own stuffed animals.
• Apple store, which sells computers, iPods and Apple accessories.
• Kay Jewelers, a retailer specializing in all things bling.
• Banana Republic, a clothing and accessories retailer for men and women.
• Coach, a store selling women’s shoes, handbags and other accessories.
• Gordon Biersch, a restaurant and brewery.
• Ann Taylor, a clothing and accessories store and Ann Taylor Loft, a home furnishings store.
• Victoria’s Secret, a seller of women’s lingerie.
• Pumpkin Patch, a children’s clothing and accessories store.
Higley Pavilion, a planned 315,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Lowe’s hardware store at Higley and Queen Creek roads in
Gilbert, is closer to becoming reality.
Project officials recently submitted a design pre-application to the town. That typically means developers will soon submit official approval plans.
TOYS, TOYS, TOYS
Just a short freeway jog south of Scottsdale, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books opened this week in the Ahwatukee Hills Shopping Center, 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard, just a block from Interstate 10.
The detour is worth it if you are looking for playthings you just can’t find at the “big-box” retailers.
The East Valley version is the first franchise of a Michigan store that was named by Travel Savvy Magazine as one of the top seven toy stores in the country.
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books sells European, Japanese and Canadian toys, industry classics such as marbles, blocks, board games, and puzzles, specialty products including eco-friendly toys, dollhouses, figurines, arts and craft kits, science kits and assorted gadgets tough to find elsewhere.
Owner Janet Hoo said the average toy price in the store is an affordable $15.
Coming soon to opulent Biltmore Fashion Park, the Saks Fifth Avenue-anchored open-air shopping center on the northeast corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road:
Calypso Christiane Celle, a high-end women’s and children’s clothing, lifestyle and home accessories store — a little beachy like Tommy Bahama, but younger and edgier — is scheduled to open in December and will be the first version of the retailer in the Arizona market.
Also first in the local market, Oceanaire, an 11,000-square-foot seafood restaurant, is scheduled to debut at the posh and pricey Phoenix shopping plaza in early 2008.
And welcome back Banana Republic, which returns in early November to its former Biltmore location east of the center lawn near Tommy Bahama and Ralph Lauren.
Goldwater Bank, 7135 E. Camelback Road, in the Scottsdale Waterfront district, opened this week.
The new business defines itself as a “lifestyle bank,” catering to individuals and businesses and offering one-to-one service, “unprecedented technology” and a concierge and courier program.
Medi-Weightloss Clinics opened a new Scottsdale location this week at 15090 N. Northsight Blvd. If you want more information, call 596-4014 or visit www.mediweightlossclinics.com.