I don't know about you, but the mere thought of being in a corn maze gives me an anxiety attack! But, for those who are interested, there are a couple mazes within an hour drive of Nyack. They are:
Coming Soon to Palisades Mall in West Nyack
Dated: February 12 2013
As I was walking around the Palisades Mall the other day, I couldn't help but notice that there were several large spaces that were under construction with the proverbial Coming Soon signs. My first thought was that there is a lot of turnover at the mall with businesses coming and going all the time. My second thought was that although some business can't seem to make it, others seem to thrive. What is it about these companies? Why do some of them fail after only a year or so, while others are always packed with customers?
I'm not sure exactly what the secret is, but I do know that places like Chili's, The Cheescake Factory, Buffalo Hot Wings, and the new, AMAZING, Yard House seem to be doing something right. The other restaurants should study these companies as examples of what people want. I'm not saying that we need more franschises or chains, but it is interesting from a business point of view. Whether you like these places or not, there is something to be learned from studying the business models of these successful companies.
I have to say that the Yard House is really unbelievable. I went there for the first time the other night and I was blown away. The decor, atmosphere, and food were truly exceptional. It felt more like I was in Las Vegas than a suburban mall.
Well after I saw about six of these Coming Soon signs, I thought ...Oh no....do these new companies know what they're getting into? Did they study the market? Do they really know if there is a need for their product? I hope they did and I do hope they succeed.
I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of these new businesses and a little blurb about who they are. Here is what's coming soon:
In 1984, Fast Retailing, headed by Tadashi Yanai, opened the first UNIQLO store in Hiroshima, Japan. Since then, the brand has evolved from a chain of roadside stores to an international leader in style, quality, and fun.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, UNIQLO makes clothes that transcend all categories and social groups. Our clothes are made for all, going beyond age, gender, occupation, ethnicity, and all other ways that define people. Our clothes are simple and essential yet universal, so people can freely combine them in their own unique style.
As our founder says, “UNIQLO clothes are MADE FOR ALL–highly finished elements of style in clothes that suit your values wherever you live. This unique concept of clothes sets us apart from apparel companies whose sole purpose is the pursuit of fashion trends.”
Can clothing change the world? UNIQLO not only believes it can. We’re already doing it.
CRUMBS BAKE SHOP -
Crumbs Bake Shop first opened its doors in March of 2003 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The menu is an irresistible blend of comfort-oriented classics and elegant baked goods, but the specialty of the house is the Crumbs Signature size cupcakes!
With our more than 50 varieties baked fresh daily and a new cupcake of the week every Monday, each Crumbs Bake Shop is an oasis of wall to wall deliciousness.
RED ROBIN - AMERICA' GOURMET BURGERS AND SPIRITS
Known mainly for their burgers, but also known for big heared stuff as well. Voted best Best Burger in the full service category in the Zagat Fast Food survey. And named one of the Ten Best Restaurants in America by Parents Magazine.
JOE'S CRAB SHACK -
At Joe's Crab Shack we deliver craveable Seafood from the coast to your table. Born in the heart of Texas, we've been serving fun-loving people great food and drink and memories since 1991. Only at Joe's Crab Shack can you strap on a bib, order your favorite bucket of CRAB, and boogie with the best of them.
HOT CLAY OVEN - INDIAN FUSION GRILL
At The Hot Clay Oven restaurant, every meal is a delicious and creative experience. Our ovens will captivate your attention and take you to a world of traditional Northeast Indian cuisine. The aromas of authentic Indian herbs and spices infused with Latin, Caribbean, and American flare will greet you as you enter our establishment. Our concept is modern Indian cuisine; dishes that perfectly embody health benefits and magnificent flavor.
iSWIRL - FROZEN YOGURT
Another self serve frozen yogurt place. This is definitely the hottest business right now.
So there you have it...some interesting new places coming to the Palisades Center in West Nyack. Now I am not really a big fan of these national chains and franchises, but I have to admit that there is a time and place for them. I will still frequent my small and cozy local village establishments, but I do hope these new places succeed. I would rather see them do well, than have an empty mall with vacant stores. Let's wish them well.
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