Let's Go to the Mall!
I’m in Chicago this week and that means a lot of visits with family and friends....and a trip or two to the mall. Confession: I sometimes like shopping in malls. Don’t get me wrong. Nothing beats New York for pure shopping adrenaline and magic. But New York shopping takes planning and stamina. A trip to the mall can be spontaneous. Mall shopping naturally has its disadvantages. The variety of stores is disappointing--how many Gaps and Victoria’s Secrets does any community need? The exponential increase in e-commerce and availability of previously hard-to-find brands may eventually bring the death of the mall. For example, I just bought Pamela Love earrings and a Bodkin dress on sale from Bona Drag online. I could never walk into a mall and find these treasures. However, malls offer some comforting advantages: