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A shopping legacy, A different kind of Village
by Eric Leventhal,Editor-in-Chief

After nearly two and one-half years of planning and construction, the Legacy Village shopping center officially opened for business on October 24. Featuring forty-seven of the trendiest restaurants and retailers in America, the village is located at the corner of Richmond and Cedar Roads in Lyndhurst.

Legacy Village is home to many retailers that are new to the Cleveland market like Apple Computer, Gaylan’s Sporting Goods, and Crate & Barrell. While most of the stores’ products are widely available elsewhere, it is the atmosphere that sets them apart. Many of the multiple-story shops are simply cavernous, inspiring shoppers with a sense of awe.

Legacy Village is also an excellent place to grab a bite. The Cheesecake Factory, a renowned national chain, has been one of the village’s most popular attractions since its opening. In addition to its excellent cheesecake deserts, the restaurant features an incredibly diverse regular menu. Due to its popularity, at least a one-half hour wait is the norm. The village is also home to intriguing restaurants like Stir Crazy, Brio, California Pizza Kitchen, and Atria’s. There are also fast-food options like Chipolte, Starbucks, and Tropical Smoothie Café.

The designers of Legacy Village intended to create a community-like atmosphere within the complex and they certainly succeeded. With a driveway that allows cars to be driven through and parked in the heart of the shopping center, Legacy Village has a quaint atmosphere, similar to downtown Chagrin Falls, except about five times more upscale. The architecture of the complex is also quite impressive. As one enters Legacy Village from the front entrance, the view is nothing less than breathtaking. However, the village has its drawbacks. Parking is extremely scarce, especially during peak hours. Apparently, there aren’t even enough parking spaces to comply with Lyndhurst’s parking regulations.

Prices are also quite high at Legacy Village. However, Legacy Village is definitely worth checking out. Even if one can’t afford to buy much, the experience alone warrants the trip to Lyndhurst.

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