The bedding at Eddie Bauer is world-class! I highly recommend everything they sell and the selection is awesome. Kind of like a World Market but on a grander scale.
This is a small store, but the shoes are worth the "leave the stroller in the mall with Dad" type of stop. The shoes are timeless and will last forever.
If you're looking for some high end names, and good sales, try Dillards. Just be prepared to help yourself because either it's "in your face high pressure" sales tactics or you can't find someone.
It's not that I don't like Build A Bear - we have spend hundreds there since our first daughter was born. It's just that the store is so darned crowded. With the center displays being where they are, it's almost impossible to maneuver a stroller through. And, it would be really nice to see a stuffed animal that didn't have plastic eyes so that children under three could have them! Sew the eyes in thread and let the babies enjoy them, too!
come to Brooks Brothers and spend four times as much for the same things. The clothes are so predictable and boring, and terribly overpriced - an aran style sweater last year was almost $300. And, seriously - a baby blue and white seersucker suit? Is this Mississippi circa 1954?
However, I'd love to see a Coach boutique instead. The purses are fine for the older crowd, I suppose. But, there just isn't that much of a demand for these bags.
Never tested on animals - really great natural products. Everything tastes and smells delicious without being perfumey or overpowering. This is one of my favorite places in the mall - especially when you can smell the citrus while walking down to the Disney store.
Bare Escentuals has the coveted line of natural makeup known as Bare Minerals right there for you to try. Yet, as much as I want to try it - I can never bring myself to go in and ask. The staff just doesn't seem terribly approachable in there and I admit, I am intimidated.
Sure, the clothes are cute at banana republic - sure, the stuff is basic and versatile and comfortable. However, I can't stop seeing the tiny, tortured hands of the children in the sweatshops who make the clothes.
I always love perusing the counters at Bailey Banks & Biddle. If I were to recommend ANY mall jeweler or collectible dealer, this would be the one. A really great upper-end store.