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Uptown Park perks up with fresh new dining and shopping spots

Uptown Park perks up with fresh new dining and shopping spots

Uptown Park Longoria Collection
The new-look Uptown Park boasts a clean design.  Photo courtesy of Uptown Park
Uptown Park M Penner Elizabeth Anthony
Popular shopping spots such as M Penner and Elizabeth Anthony will stay open during the renovation.  Photo courtesy of Uptown Park
Uptown Park covered walkways trellis
Covered trellis walkways make more leisurely strolls between shops.  Photo courtesy of Uptown Park
Uptown Park Longoria Collection
Uptown Park M Penner Elizabeth Anthony
Uptown Park covered walkways trellis

Patrons of Uptown Park who brave the surrounding 610 traffic can enjoy a new reward: a freshened-up, multi-use center designed with consumers in mind. The dense shopping and restaurant hub is slowly being transformed to foster a more pedestrian-friendly experience, with new shaded walkways that connect the buildings, new trellises, and improved parking.

Plush seating and public wi-fi has been added to provide a more lounge-worthy atmosphere — as opposed to the usual grab-and-go shopping tradition. The area now also boasts a clean, streamlined, more uniform aesthetic with brightened exteriors.

Shoppers and diners can also expect new tenants, namely the healthy, popular Flower Child restaurant, which just announced an opening date of September 12. Offering an alternative to Highland Village’s Restoration Hardware, Rejuvenation, the Williams-Sonoma company offering classic American lighting, furniture, hardware, and décor, will open later this year and will be the store’s first Texas location, according to a statement.

Regulars, take heart: Uptown Park’s slow transformation, managed by national real estate outfit EDENS, won’t affect current mainstays that include Ceron Hair Studio, Crave Cupcakes, Elizabeth Anthony, Longoria Collection, McCormick & Schmick’s, and the always-hopping Starbucks locale.