Stores, Restaurants, Times: Santa Monica Place
But times change and over the years the "Place" lost some of its luster.
Often overlooked by everyone in favor of the less claustrophobic open-aired "Third Street Promenade" filled with happy people, dogs, and merry bands of street performers, the "Santa Monica Place" shut down in early 2008 to undergo a major retro-fit, to bring it in to the 21st Century.
Santa Monica Place Preview
Louis Vuitton, Kitson, Burberry, and Betsey Johnson are only a few of the A-list stores included in the three-level, open-air center.
Food is a star at the property with six fine dining restaurants and an a food court.
To celebrate its grand opening, Blogging.LA is reporting that the first 500 people in line at 3rd and Broadway will get will receive gift cards ranging from $5 to $100. The cards will be handed out between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. The Disney Store is also marking the opening by giving out Mickey ears to their first 500 guests.
And the new "Santa Monica Place" is sure to be a boost to the local economy, since it's one of the only major shopping centers in the country to open this year.