Best Of 2011

Best Mall: Saint Louis Galleria

Hosanna, hosanna! Nordstrom has finally arrived at the Saint Louis Galleria! Only three years behind schedule, but hey: Some things in life are worth waiting for. This latest addition reinforces the 25-year-old Galleria's position as St. Louis' finest shopping mall. Centrally located in Richmond Heights, it's got the best assortment of chain stores: the aforementioned Nordstrom, Macy's, an Apple Store, J. Crew, H&M, Anthropologie, Aveda, Lush Cosmetics, Lucky Brand Jeans. Plus there's a movie theater and a decent assortment of restaurants, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries. There are no windows, no clocks on the wall, no banks (though there is an ATM), nothing to destroy this perfect oasis of consumerism. The only indication that there might be a recession outside is the parade of signs advertising all the wonderful things that are on sale. Come on, forget your troubles, get happy and buy!

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