Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Here's My Solution to Mall Madness

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Here's My Solution to Mall Madness

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Byline: Laura Capitano

The holiday season is the one time of year when I hate going to the mall. It's dreadful facing the relentless piping of The Pointer Sisters' version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, store after hot, crowded store.

You get no reprieve from the kiosk carnies hollering at you to try their Dead Sea salt scrub, or asking how you'd like a free picture phone.

And the children. The running, whining, tantrum-prone rug rats kicking their kid sisters and wiping Chick-fil-A nugget grease on the nearest available fabric.

'Tis the season indeed.

The modern shopper has options, and the face-lift that Five Points in Riverside is undergoing has brought a wider variety of stores to accommodate a chunk of your shopping list.

Here are a few of the newer shops there you may not know about yet.

URBANE

Hours - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Urbane is the Pottery Barn of Five Points. You'll find stylish home furnishings and accessories, glassware, lighting, fragrance diffusers (best air fresheners EVER!) and holiday decor.

The interior design store has a nearby warehouse, which allows staff to switch out their in-store merchandise every two weeks. The revolving inventory makes for a fresh experience every time you visit.

PROCYON

Hours - noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

This European bath and body boutique offers beauty products mainly from France, Italy and the Czech Republic. The packaging alone for the salts, scrubs, soaps, soaks, cleansers and creams is so fabulous that your gift is sure to be a success before it's even tested.

I noted specialty items for "the woman who has everything," such as lavender-scented linen water you put into your steam iron and beautiful hand-painted egg ornaments from the Slovak Republic. …

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