May 10, 2011

Take Me to the Mall

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:54 pm by melissaautumn

We have a really lovely outdoor, three story mall near my home. The first two floors are primarily restaurants and shops, along with a skating rink, and part of the third floor is a large movie theater. There’s also a large fitness center that takes up two floors at one end of the mall; a preschool, again at one end; and numerous offices for doctors, a nail place, and an investment firm, primarily on the third floor and at the ends of the mall (there are some second and third floor spaces that are near the parking structure and don’t open directly onto the “mall” space).

At first it seemed like the diversity of tenants was a reflection that a large mall couldn’t find enough shops to rent space, but I’ve come to really appreciate the convenience of having so much in one area, as well as how one set of tenants can drive traffic to another set of tenants. Our kids’ dentist moved in and now we’ll stop in a shop to run an errand or grab a snack after appointments (when our son got a tooth filled, I was able to go straight to the toy shop as a reward). Our kids went to preschool there for two years and I loved the convenience of being able to run an errand or grab dinner before I picked up the kids – in fact, the ease of not having to make an extra stop encouraged me to try new restaurants and stores that I otherwise would have ignored.

All of which is to say, I would love it if the library were there, too. Not only would it be convenient for me, it would be good for both the library and our local businesses. On some days, a planned trip to the library would easily result in an unplanned stop for ice cream or coffee, while other days running errands would result in a stop at the library. Now granted, I’m a regular library user already, but I do wonder about our non-users – could location be part of attracting non-users? And if so, where do we need to be in our communities?

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1 Comment »

  1. Maggie Chan said,

    I think having a public library in a mall would be very convenient. It would be a great resting stop for anyone who can’t keep up with a determined shopper – and maybe turn a non-user into a regular patron! Last year, my mom and I went on a cruise and stopped at Saint John, New Brunswick, and I was extremely surprised to see the main library in a mall. The New Brunswick Museum was right next door, so it must get notice from visitors as well as locals.

    Saint John Free Public Library: http://www.saintjohnlibrary.ca/index.html
    Market Square: http://www.marketsquaresj.com/


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