On September 22, Rick Caruso’s newest shopping-lifestyle utopia, Palisades Village, will officially open to the public. As Chris Nichols reported last October, the developer razed the outdated shopping complex that stood on Swarthmore Avenue and set about replacing it with something more in line with the neighborhood’s tastes.
Caruso, who developed both the Grove and the Americana at Brand, says his newest project stands apart from previous ones for a number of reasons. “Palisades Village is like nothing I’ve ever done before—everything about the project comes back to how it blends within the constructs of the Palisades and its local community,” Caruso says. “Take, for instance, our curation approach with the tenants. Palisades Village was shaped over the past four years by thousands of conversations and meetings with the residents. It is through their feedback that we have been able to introduce a selection of stores that are meaningful to the neighborhood. The Grove and the Americana at Brand were created in a very different way—the properties feature traditional retail anchors, bigger names, and chains that are designed to draw visitors from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Palisades Village focuses on what the residents want and have asked for—it is the very definition of localism.”
Tenants that have already been announced include an eponymous boutique from jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, Amazon Books, womenswear brand Carbon 38’s first brick-and-mortar location, and Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla’s lifestyle boutique Little Market (see more of the roster here).
Today, the developer announced a new batch of stores: Alo Yoga (its Grove location was one of our Best of L.A. winners this year); Cynthia Rowley’s second West Coast location; old-school barber shop Gornik & Drucker; baby-stuff store Mini Mioche‘s first U.S. location, See’s Candies; luxury home decor store St. Frank, Paige‘s first-to-market store, and new-to-market luxury eyewear shop Village Optic.
Also exciting: the Bay Theatre, which closed and was converted to retail space in 1978, is being revived and will be operated by Cinépolis USA.
Palisades Village, 1030 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades.
By: Gwynedd Stuart