Champagne taste and beer income: shopping destinations to blow that first work-study paycheck

Legacy Village

Located near Beachwood Mall on Cedar Avenue, Legacy Village puts retail therapy and casual fine dining in reach. The compound is home to popular chains, such as Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille, Bar Louie and California Pizza Kitchen. Legacy Village is one of the best places to shop as a first-year student because it is bound to appeal to everyone in the group. For guys there are stores such as Bose, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nordstrom Rack. Girls will enjoy Charming Charlie, Lilly Pulitzer and Crate & Barrel. An RTA stop can be found right outside of Legacy Village; so, do not worry if you don’t have access to a car.


Beachwood Place Mall

Beachwood Place Mall prides itself on offering a diverse selection of stores;however, do not expect to find overwhelmingly good deals. This upscale mall is anchored by Dillard’s, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Delve deeper into the complex and you will find a wide array of stores. Tech geeks will enjoy the new Microsoft Store, while fashion kings and queens will enjoy H&M, J.Crew, Lacoste and Banana Republic. Beachwood Place Mall has a decent food court, which many Case Western Reserve students frequently visit to get their fix of Chick-fil-A.


Coventry Village

The closest shopping to campus can be found in the nearby Coventry Village; however, don’t expect to find any recognizable stores outside of American Apparel. Coventry Village features small, independent retailers with interesting merchandise and unique storefronts. Students enjoy pursuing the used books in Mac’s Backs, as well as reliving their childhood with the nostalgic toys and memorabilia found at Big Fun. While you’re there, be sure to grab the best sushi in town at Pacific East and swing next door to Picadilly Yogurt for organic and vegan froyo.


Crocker Park

If you don’t mind traveling, Crocker Park is hard to beat. Located in Westlake, Ohio, this West Side staple features one of the most diverse selections of retailers in Cleveland. From DSW Shoe Warehouse and Barnes & Noble Booksellers to Lucky Brand Jeans and Coach, Crocker Park truly has it all. Because it is not close to campus, consider making a day trip out of the experience. Stop at the West Side Market in Ohio City on the way to Crocker Park for breakfast and food perusing, before continuing on to this mammoth shopping hub.


Aurora Farms Premium Outlet

If you have access to a vehicle and are looking for deals on designer brands, you need not look further than Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. The outdoor shopping mall features water fountains, bridges and gazebos, which together turn the complex into a beautiful display on sunny days. Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Calvin Klein and Polo Ralph Lauren are just a handful of the brands you can expect to find at Aurora Farms. Just be sure to schedule your day accordingly; it is not a quick drive to get there.