Costa Mesa shopping mall has brought tourists from all over the globe to California to spend their dollars in the Little American Business mall. The Little American Business mall or LAB has been dubbed the 'anti-mall', as it goes against what many consider a stereotypical mall. The mall's location was once home to a goggle factory and is crafted from recycled materials.
Many may be surprised to discover what is actually inside the mall. Instead of Italian marble and high rises, like the more luxurious mall just a mile away, the Costa Mesa Little American Business Mall is rather 'earty'. Shoppers are treated to a refreshing decor packed with greenery, including vines and cacti. In addition to this, there are plenty of places to relax on colourful painted recycled rocking chairs and swinging benches.
Shaheen Sadeghi, an artist-developer developed the idea of the mall in 1993, with the goal to give small businesses a place to trade with customers without the competition of larger chains. The retail space incorporates American culture and entrepreneurship into a unique visual shopping experience. The plaza is filled with many small businesses to cater to the needs of all kinds of shopper.
Although the mall is focused on small business, there is an Urban Outfitters on-site. Urban Outfitters acquired the spot at the mall prior to becoming an international chain. This means customers can visit the original store that started Urban Outfitters. Aside from this, there are several eateries and coffee houses specialising in local produce. Visitors can spend time flicking through vinyls, eco-friendly clothing, or looking for artistic hand-crafted products to decorate their homes.
With so many different places to buy food at the mall, it's impossible to go hungry, even if you're a fussy eater. The range of food businesses have got something for everyone, including doughnuts, Cuban cuisine, vegan food, and much more.
For those looking for something a little different to shopping, the site also hosts exercise classes and creative workshops for those interested in pottery and crafting. Overall, the mall is a day out that most will enjoy.
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