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BEST MALL Minneapolis 2007 - The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are a retail chimera, blending strip mall stores and small town charm. There's no roof here, no interior—just New Urbanist streets with cute lampposts and piped-in music. The Shoppes hosts Anthropologie, and teens come here for Abercrombie and Hot Topic. Throw in the Twin Cities' newest Trader Joe's, mega-beauty emporium Ulta, and a next-door 16-screen AMC Theater, and you've got one-stop shopping for all your cultural needs. But the true joy of this mall is the parking: Visit during a weekday evening and you can pull your Passat right up to a meter-free curb and find yourself inside Baby Gap within ten paces (we counted). It's drive-thru convenience for mall rats.
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