Once upon a time there was a very large empty lot that was drab and dirty. But a couple of years ago, or more, it was cordoned off and construction began.
Now there's an urban oasis.
It was my neighbor who told me that some shops had opened in the mall and that the outdoor area was really nice, so I had to check it out for myself.
The outdoor landscaping is so much more than I expected -- green and lush with a man-made lake running through it.
The indoor mall is spacious with lots of natural light and nice views.
And the best thing is that it is only 10 minutes walking distance from where I live.
So when I planned yesterday's crafty morning meet-up, I knew I would be walking there rather than driving.
Usually I'm not too thrilled with all the building that goes on around here, but I'm quite impressed with this place and definitely feel it was worth the wait. Kudos to whoever designed it.
My crafty friends were very happy with the location and we look forward to making use of the outdoor space when winter weather rolls around.