Shopping has a calming effect on me…. That is why when I tell my husband I’m going to get some retail therapy, he automatically KNOWS what I mean….and that I’ll probably be gone for quite a while. Heck, when we first moved to Canyon Lake, the first things I had to plot into my GPS were the nearest shopping centers and malls!
Though we’ve got a ton of shopping choices in the area, I’ve listed my personal “go-to” favorites to make it easier for you area “newbies” to become familiar with what places might give you some of the same therapy I get!
So… Depending on what type of environment you’re in the mood in, you’ve got the following choices:
When in the mood to shop but I don’t want to drive too far, I head over to Menifee’s Countryside Marketplace shopping center. I love that it’s got a Sports Chalet, TJ Maxx, Kohls, Michael’s and Super Target there. What makes my retail therapy even better is the new Panera Bread for a quick coffee and pastry stop! Those asiago bagels are my ultimate favorite!
If I’m in a quiet, calm and easy-going-in-stride shopping mood, I normally head out to to The Shops At Dos Lagos in Corona. Corona is about a 20 minute drive North of Canyon Lake. It’s a nice outdoor shopping mall that houses shops like Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, White House Black Market, Victoria’s Secret and much more…. Shopping at Dos Lagos is nice and relaxing, basically because there’s not much of a crowd to deal with, it’s got great boutiques with unique items you won’t find at any large shopping mall. When you shop at Dos Lagos, you feel as if you’re the only one shopping there and the stores were put there “just for you”.
Up the road from Dos Lagos, there’s a large (and I say large) shopping center called The Crossings with stores like Ulta, Best Buy, Cost Plus World Market, Marshall’s, BevMo, Ethan Allen Furniture and Barnes & Noble and many more. What’s great about this mall is all the stores are huge storefronts so you can definitely get a lot of gift or personal shopping done; and again, it’s never overly crowded.
Now, if I’m in the mood to be out amongst the crowds and enjoy the energy just from seeing people get their retail therapy on, I head down South to the Temecula Promenade. It’s more of a larger mall compared to Dos Lagos and you’ve got the larger anchor department stores such as Macy’s Mens, Macy’s Women’s, and Sear’s. What I love about this mall is you’ve got the combo outdoor/indoor mall, so for the warm days where you’d like to get some nice sun; you can still do some outdoor shopping and for those rainy days; you’ve got the option to “stay in” and still get that retail therapy in. Next to having an Apple store and a Sephora, the mall is also flanked by great eating choices such as The Lazy Dog Cafe, The Yard House, CPK, Shogun, and many others. Just around the perimeter of the Promenade, you’ve also got Cost Plus World Market, a PetCo and one of my favorites ~ Nordstrom Rack!
Now, there are more stores to spend your money at when visiting each of these shopping areas so make sure to check out their websites for a complete directory listing.
Welcome to the area and I hope you enjoy seeking out more retail therapy than what I’ve mentioned! After all, therapy can be good for you!