"The Nap No Slouch For Shopping"
I had an ex-friend once tell me that Indianapolis was the "armpit of America" when it came to shopping. She said this clad in a Burberry jumper purchased at Saks and had worked at the Chanel counter.
With that in mind, the highly-respected "Forbes" Magazine ranked the Top 10 Cities in America for shopping today.
Admittedly, we dream of a High Street or Miracle Mile of our very own.
Indianapolis is #5 in the US for shopping according to this list. I was, in a word, stunned.
Prior to Indianapolis, New Orleans was my home for three years. That was the first time I'd ever been inside a Saks Fifth Avenue or a Macy's for that matter (this was prior to Macy's sucking up Marshall Field, LS Ayres, etc).
I've been to King of Prussia Mall outside Philly (overstimulating probably best describes it based on sheer size). I've also been to the Natick Collection outside Boston and Newbury Street in Boston, as well as the Mall of America outside Minneapolis.
So, how did the Crossroads of America make the Top 10? According to Forbes, it's about access for the general population - Castleton Square Mall (home of one of two H&Ms in the metro area and the Von Maur with the Juicy Couture counter = ) is the biggest mall in the state and is located right on the I-465 loop.
Down the road is the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing which is also just off an exit ramp. In the past six years, they've added Tiffany's, Burberry, a MAC store, and Nordstrom as one of the anchors. We're getting a Nordstrom Rack next year.
Who else is surprised by this ranking? Or, conversely, not surprised?
Here's the Top 10:
1. Houston, TX
2. Dallas, TX
3. Baltimore, MD
4. Columbus, OH
5. Indianapolis, IN
6. Philadelphia, PA
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Jacksonville, FL
10. San Diego, CA
Also, take note: Neither New York or Los Angeles are on this list.