A crowd of more than 12,000 people celebrated the grand opening of Village Walk at EastLake with family entertainment, performances and shopping specials on Sept. 15. The new 162,000-square-foot, upscale retail development is located at EastLake Parkway and Miller Drive, within the master-planned community of EastLake.
Visitors interacted with stilt walkers, jugglers and ball walkers from iL CiRCo. The performance troupe also performed two stage shows that thrilled viewers with breathtaking acrobatic stunts and aerial artistry.
Guests also enjoyed a special hat-making party complete with all the supplies and special trimmings needed to create free festive, one-of-a-kind hats. A colorful passenger train, sponsored by North Island Credit Union, toured visitors around Village Walk and children engaged in face painting and left with one-of-a-kind balloon sculptures.
Stores, services and restaurants at Village Walk at EastLake include Trader Joe's, Henry's Farmers Market, Borders Books, Pier One Imports, Petco, The Brigantine, Trophy's Sport Grill, Pat & Oscars, Busalacchi's Via Lago Trattoria, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Pei Wei Asian Diner. Additional merchants include EastLake Cleaners, Nest Maternity, Spoiled Rotten, Elegance Salon & Day Spa, Happy Nails & Spa, Sport Clips, Poses Yoga, Village Dental Group, Mission Federal Credit Union and North Island Credit Union.
Designed by Fehlman Labarre Architecture and Planning and built by Sudberry Properties, Village Walk at EastLake is designed to exude the atmosphere of an Old World Village, with outdoor spaces fostering relaxation and social gatherings. Pedestrian walkways link building and public spaces. The focal point of the center is a large koi pond, surrounded by meandering walking paths and seating. Additional aesthetic features include custom bronze statues, a hand-carved stone fountain, imported Italian light fixtures and a grand clock tower, which serves as the landmark of the shopping center.