Dare I admit it? We actually went to the Natick Mall yesterday. My basic reaction: It's a tarted-up paean to American consumerism. If you like the Atrium or Chestnut Hill, you'll love this joint - especially the new wing with the extra-pretentious stores and the lady playing a harp. Indeed, as we were eating a gelato on the floor above her, the guy behind us was gushing: "The Atrium looks like a dump compared to this place."
After gacking her way through a Globe report on the orgasmically wonderful Natick Mall (which will feature "a rolling gold sign that is inspired, designers say, by the folds of a women's skirt") and all the things it's doing for Natick, Sharon Machlis Gartenberg wonders when anybody's going to start thinking about the new mega-mall's impact on neighboring Framingham:
Sharon Gartenberg wishes that Nouvelle at Natick, a.k.a. the luxury condos above the new wing of the Natick Mall, would stop calling itself "urban living in the more pastoral settings of Boston's MetroWest suburbs:"
Natick Mall was getting just a bit too big for its britches. With its new mega-expansion nearing completiion, mall owners figured they'd just drop the "Mall" and call the whole thing "Natick," the Globe reports.
Natick officials, who just wound up a 10-year struggle with Brockton over which place the state legislature would call "Home of Champions" (a compromise for the ages was reached), were in no mood for name shennanigans, the Globe says:
"The new mall is many things," said Joshua Ostroff, a member of the Natick Board of Selectmen. "It is residents, it's shopping, it's a transportation hub. But it's not the town of Natick."
Remnants of the battle can still be seen on the mall Web site:
Meredith O'Brien reports that while her sister-in-law was nursing her infant at the Natick Mall, somebody stole the coffeemaker she'd just bought and tried to return it - to the wrong store, where the employees confiscated it.
Sharon complains about plans for the new mega-uber-giganto Natick Mall complex:
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