Highland Park Village property managers have talked about creating a display of donated historic photos and documents. (Courtesy Highland Park Village)
Plenty has changed in the world since Highland Park Village opened more than 86 years ago. Billed as “America’s first shopping center,” the Mediterranean Spanish–style collection of approximately 70 shops and restaurants has served not only as a retail destination but also a town square of sorts for Park Cities residents.
“At its heart, the village has always been about the community, even though certain elements may have changed,” chief marketing officer Mia Meachem said. “It’s a magical place. I’ve lived in New York, D.C., and LA and there is nothing like it.”
While today’s high-end boutiques are a far cry from the feed store, drug store, and arcade that operated in bygone eras, memories of yesteryear’s businesses still resonate with many.