Tuesday, May 12, 2009

An "Old World" Shopping Experience ...

A touch of "Old World" style and elegance has arrived in Ridgeland, Mississippi, an upscale community a little to the north of Jackson, in central Mississippi.

Renaissance at Colony Park is a shopper's dream come true and an architectural masterpiece. Featuring elegant old world architectural designs, luxurious landscaping, and truly awesome water features, Renaissance is an enchanting and captivating shopping village offering unique and memorable shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences for all ages.

It is, without a doubt, my favorite place to shop, and I'd like to share it with those of you who live in Mississippi, or who will be traveling through the Jackson area during your summer vacation.

Last week, I happened to have my camera in my car when I visited Renaissance, and I captured a little of its charm to share with you (you can click on the photos to enlarge them, if you'd like).

This is the main entrance ...

This gorgeous fountain, reminiscent of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, never ceases to amaze and delight me ...



And this magnificent creature welcomes guests to P.F. Chang's ...


Biaggi's is our favorite Italian restaurant at Renaissance ...

This stunning clock tower is in the middle of the shopping center, and is always beautifully landscaped. I think they completely replace all the flowers and plants at the first sign of wilting or fading (I wish we could do that, don't you!) ...





A few of the shops ...








This shop sounds like my kind of place, and I can't wait until it opens ...

This little guy was having a ball running in and out of the fountains. I'm sure this will be popular with the little ones this summer ...


I almost forgot one of the shops at Renaissance that I love best -- the Fresh Market grocery store. Excuse me ... describing Fresh Market as a "grocery store" is like describing a Mercedes as just "a car."

Shopping at Fresh Market is truly an "experience," and a treat for the senses. Everywhere you look are beautiful displays of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, pastries and breads ... and its meat and seafood cases are filled with only the best and freshest. To add to its "old world" ambiance, classical music plays softly in the background. Buying groceries is one of my least favorite things to do, but I love shopping at Fresh Market.

I probably sound like a commercial for Renaissance, but if you are in the area this summer, I think it would be well worth the time to see it for yourself. I don't think you would be disappointed.

Here is a link to the web site, if you'd like more information: Renaissance at Colony Park.

10 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

You are right this place is fantastic, my BB lives in Madison and is a mire 5 minute drive from the Renaissance he and his wife love to shop there.
We went with them when it first opened and the Grocery Store there is soooo nice you can find items there that you will never find at any other food store in Jackson.
Everyone who can needs to check it out.

Stacey said...

That does look like a shopping mecca. We have most of those stores around my town. Being somewhere like that area just makes it more fun though. I've never been to an Anthropologie. I definitely want to go!

Lisa said...

What a fabulous shopping center! All my favorites are there! I know you're lovin' it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful. You're right, that fountain is amazing. Looks like a fun place to shop!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

My son and daughter and I shopped there in January. I'm ready for another trip over!

Love that Chico's!!

Shelia said...

Oh, I could certainly do some damage at that place! All the stores I love and then some!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lady Katherine said...

This past Thursday, I was showing an Alabama friend around Jackson, where the Malls are. We stopped at TJ Max, Marshall's and ate Kings Buffet. We stayed the whole day! We never made it to the Antique Mall, or the Bead Store or this lovely Mall, which I have not been to. My friend lives 5 min away. I live about 45 min away. I will try and get there soon and I will have to take photos, yours are great.

D said...

Hi,
I live in Meridian, but have not been to this place yet. I will have to check it out next time I'm in Jackson. Thanks.
Donna

Deb said...

I love the little boy in the water..he is having a grand time.. very nice shopping area..

nikkicrumpet said...

What a beautiful place...and I love love love the fountains!