For several years the residents of Pacific Palisades have waited for the much anticipated, much negotiated Palisades Village. When Caruso’s team first acquired the properties on Swarthmore and approached the village with their plans, there was significant debate among the local residents. What would happen to our much beloved quirky architecture and local stores? Would we lose the small town feel? Would we be impacted by increased traffic on Sunset? Will those in the Alphabet Streets be subjected to unpleasant views and parking issues? While a few of these questions still remain to be seen, most have been answered. The answer being – they heard us. The Caruso team went to great lengths via town hall meetings, community involvement, a Facebook page where everyone could chime and regular email updates and kept us looped-in on social media. Like you, I’ve been following along the progress, craning my neck as I pass by to see the latest construction accomplishment.
And now finally, its completed! Today the Palisades Village opens from 10am to 8pm with a day of festivities including live music, crafts, community performances and more in The Park along with special events in the local stores.
Take note, a majority of the stores in the Village are owned and operated by women. That’s right! Women owned businesses featured right here in Pacific Palisades. And some of them are first time locations like The Little Market by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, Botanica Bazaar by Bethany Mayer and Leilani Bishop, and both Rachel Zoe and Jennifer Meyer‘s stores.
These are just a few of the amazing stores opening in the Palisades Village! You can feel the comraderie among these women too! Its been a passion project and a community effort as showcased in the launch event and the star-studded opening gala this week featuring a performance by John Legend. The stars including Charlize Theron, Kate Beckinsale, Rachel Zoe, Susan Yeagley and Kevin Nealon and many more turned out to celebrate!
There are also a number of fantastic restaurants opening including The Draycott, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Edo Little Bites, Porta Via, a Tocaya Organica (you know I LOVE this restaurant) and Hank’s. I cannot wait to try out women owned General Porpoise‘s famous doughnuts and sip a martini on the patio at The Draycott! Owned by Matt and Marissa Hermer they are bringing their London flair and love of food and family to their newest location, The Draycott in the Palisades.
The new Palisades Village also features ample parking, valet parking, a greenspace called The Park, the Bay Theater, and Vintage Grocers where you must ask for salmon in yakaniku sauce at the seafood counter next time you want to grill out! So thrilled I no longer have to drive to Trancas just to get this. Welcome Palisades Village! This local is ecstatic!
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.