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Luxury Within Steps of White Sandy Beaches at The Galleria Mall

By Elisha Neubauer

While Fort Lauderdale may be renowned for its spectacular beaches, it has another gem within steps of the famed white sandy shores: the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. One of the premier shopping destinations in South Florida, The Galleria houses over 100 popular, branded retailers. In addition to plentiful shopping selections, there are several unique specialty eateries, a seasonal children's theatre, and a top of the line spa.

Within the walls of The Galleria you'll find leading retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and Dillard's, but it's the shops you won't find elsewhere that make this location so spectacular. Free People, a new and popular lifestyle brand, now calls the Galleria home after opening its largest location on the east coast of Florida.

"We have also added YellowKorner, a limited edition photo retailer, and REM French Riviera, a woman's jewelry retailer offering semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, crystals, rhinestones and perfumes from France," states Melissa Milroy, Senior Marketing Manager at The Galleria. According to Goodman, H&M recently announced its plans to make its Fort Lauderdale debut at the establishment next year as well.

Prestigious shopping is not the only contribution The Galleria provides to the Fort Lauderdale community. "For years, The Galleria has been a huge community supporter raising millions of dollars for worthy causes such as HANDY, United Way and Women in Distress," Milroy explains. "It is also the presenter of Men of Style, which will benefit twelve charities this year."

The program, Men of Style, is currently in its ninth year and celebrates a focus on men's fashions, drawing supporters for the Leadership Broward Foundation, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, ARC Broward, Take Stock in Children and more. The Galleria is also host to an event entitled Spring for Mental Health- an event aimed at raising community awareness by recognizing community leaders who help generate perception and funds for vital mental health programs.

The atmosphere of The Galleria is another draw for the community. Milroy tells us that several stores within the Mall have undergone complete floor to ceiling transformations, including new lighting, flooring and merchandising- these revamped retailers include Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Express, and BCBGMAXAZRIA. Across the board, merchandise selection has been reevaluated and restructured to keep up with the changing customer demands and demographics.

These changes include an all new Express Men within the updated Express location. A fully renovated food court, now renamed the Palm Court Market, offers "a more comfortable and contemporary dining environment with a roster of eclectic casual eateries such as Tobu, Stefano Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet and Charley's Philly Steaks," boasts Milroy.

When asked about his must-stop-in shopping experiences within The Galleria, Milroy had this to say: "Galleria shoppers can enjoy a stress-free stroll to explore a rich collection of fashion forward shops like Michael Kors, J. Crew and Cole Haan and great dining such as The Capital Grille, Truluck's and Season's 52." If that wasn't a big enough reason to visit the Galleria Mall, she gave us this little tidbit: "Guests of the Galleria can also be pampered at Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa."

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