Anther stop on last weekend's "Fresno Nostalgia Tour" was my old stomping grounds,
Fig Garden Village.
This outdoor shopping center was about 5 blocks from the house where I grew up, and I spent MUCH time there over the years, both as a child and as an adult. I still visit once a year on our annual visit to Fresno. It is still pretty with flowers, and places to stop and sip a coffee or grab a treat from the bakery.
It is amazing how many fun memories came flooding back from just walking through the parking lot! Easter shoes, celebrations at the ice cream parlor, and the first time I was "old enough" to cross the busy intersection and walk here by myself! That was a BIG rite of passage!
Fig Garden Village was much smaller when I was growing up, but it had "everything" we needed and liked. There was a Foodland (upscale grocery store), a nice restaurant (where my parents held a graduation party for me), a library branch, where I spent many Saturday mornings as a child, a bakery, a small department store, a Woolworths, a clothing and shoe store, and best of all, Annie Laurie's ice cream parlor. I could walk or ride my bike there, and spend the day. During high school, we could walk there during lunch. Every Christmas, the Santa's Village was where I had a Santa photo taken.
Now Fig Garden Village has a Whole Foods, Chicos, Ann Taylor, Coldwater Creek, Coach, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Talbots, and more specialty shops. There is a Starbucks, 8 chain restaurants, and 4 upscale bistros. There is even a We Olive (olive oil and condiments) like the one in Paso Robles! How cool is that!
It is still a lovely place to shop! Ciao until our next visit!