When Keith and I were growing up, there was a mall called Villa Italia. It was a grand mall at the time and we both spent lots of time there as kids. It was torn down because of disrepair in 2002 and Belmar was built in it's place.
You wouldn't think an outdoor mall would be a good idea in Colorado because it does get cold in the winter and who wants to walk around outside in the snow. I'm here to tell you that Coloradans are a tough bunch and we walk around without coats if it's more than 45 degrees. We'll bitch about the cold....but we'll do it.
So Belmar.....has shops, restaurants, a movie theater, offices, a Super Target and a Whole Foods. It has more stuff but I don't feel like spilling all of my secrets today. In the winter it also has ice skating! How cool is that?
Many years ago, Keith and I would sit in the bar at The Elephant Bar and look up at the condo's for sale. We were trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant at the time and we decided if being parents wasn't in the cards for us....that we'd move to the condo and be regulars at all of the local bars.
What a sad, sad life that would have been!
Of course, the moment we actually went to look at one of the condos....I wound up pregnant.
Now, we take our children to Belmar all the time. The Rock Pizza gets most of our money and Dick's Sporting Goods is a fun place to spend some time. This summer we'll be at the Farmer's Market every Sunday!