Monthly Archives: May 2016

Happy Birthday Eastridge!


eastridge-1(via ELS Architecture)

This week, Eastridge Center celebrates its 45th birthday!

As we stand on the cusp of another major renovation, we thought it would be fun to look back at our history since we first opened our doors in 1971.

Spanning 1.4 million square feet of space, Eastridge drew attention at its grand opening for being the largest indoor shopping center west of the Mississippi.


Original stores included JCPenneys, Sears, Macy’s, Sees Candies, and even had an indoor ice skating rink!


Embracing the popular “mod” style, the original Eastridge was full of gorgeous, multi-layer fountains and conversation pits.


With 160 stores, Eastridge was garnering major attention and giving its competitors a run for their money.


Eastridge changed hands in 1999, with new owners, General Growth Properties, eager to breathe some life into the dated property and adapt to the changing community.


In 2005, major renovations were undertaken. The Emporium (formerly Liberty House), which had sat vacant for many years, was given a complete overhaul, being replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond and Barnes and Noble, a store the community had been rallying for for years.


The biggest (and most anticipated) addition was the brand new AMC theater, providing a much-needed theater option for local residents.


Today, Eastridge, under the direction of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, continues to welcome the community through its doors for more than just a great shopping experience–Eastridge regularly hosts events to raise health awareness, feed the public, and to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to connect.

Friday, May 27, we can’t wait to party as we dish up cake and ice cream and fun for you–we hope you’ll join us in celebrating 45 years of serving our community!


Special Thanks to:

Mall Hall Of Fame

Big Mall Rat

Mercury News

Great America Parks

AMC Theaters

Summer Reading Must Haves

Whether you’re headed to the beach, mountains, lake, or even just a picnic in your backyard, no summer vacation is complete without devouring a few good books.

We’ve rounded up our new release favorites, as well as a few recent releases you don’t want to miss out on.  From biographies to thriller novels, make sure you tuck a few of these into your suitcase alongside your sunscreen and flip flops this summer!

New Releases

Me Before You, Jojo MoyesMe Before You

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Perfect for John Green fans (The Fault In Our Stars), read the book before its motion picture is released in early June!





The ApartmentThe Apartment: A Novel, Danielle Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

Yet another Danielle Steele novel to grace the New York Times Bestseller list, this vibrant, tender, and moving tale pulses with the excitement of New York City, as it explores twists of fate, and the way that sometimes, in special places, friends can be the family we need most.





32 Yolks32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, Eric Ripert, Veronica Chambers

In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. But before the accolades, before he even knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a lonely young boy in the south of France whose life was falling apart.

The perfect biography if you love watching The Food Network, 32 Yolks is the tender and richly told story of how one of our greatest living chefs found himself—and his home—in the kitchen.






The WeekendersThe Weekenders, Mary Kay Andrews

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Another great Mary Kay Andrews beach read, this is the perfect summer escape, full of humor and warmth, romance and intrigue.




Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Pre-order now for the July 31 release date–this is the Harry Potter follow up we have ALL been waiting for!

Don’t Miss Favorites




Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Get inspired to tackle that garage/craft room/closet clutter when you get back from vacation–you know you’ve been avoiding it all summer anyways!



When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?




Furiously HappyFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.






Gone GirlGone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl spent 95 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Ben Affleck in 2014.  A juicy murder mystery with a twist!




BadassYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Eastridge Center gives back to the community by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Maricahi Band, Free Food, and Fun!


Last week, Eastridge Center welcomed hundreds of guests as they celebrated Cinco de Mayo in its Center Counter.


The event drew crowds as Center Court offered catering by Tu Mero Mole all evening, with Eastridge staff serving Mexican food as far as the eye could see.


Thanks to everyone who made their way out to help celebrate Mexican-American culture at Eastridge’s signature event “Cinco de Mayo at Eastridge” and remember a day that is so important to our Mexican neighbors!


Best (and worst) gifts for Mother’s Day

AdobeStock_82691471Can we talk about Mother’s Day gifts for a minute?

For the love of the woman who literally gave you your actual life/the woman who loves you as if she did, please DO NOT get her gifts from any of the following categories:

  1. Gimmick Infomercial products. I know what you’re saying right now, “But Dorthy from Peoria said it kept the racoons from her garden and mom is ALWAYS complaining about racoons in the garden!”    Just, no.
  1. Weight-loss products. Even if your mom is trying to get in shape/lose the weight she gained growing an entire human being in her belly, any acknowledgement that you think she needs to lose weight will set off a chain reaction you will not recover from.
  1. Appliances of any shape or size. Your mom might say she’d like a new vacuum, but under no circumstances do you get her a vacuum for Mother’s Day.  It’s like getting toilet paper for your birthday–yeah, it’s great if someone else pays for it and you definitely NEED it, but it’s a waste of the give-me-all-the-free-stuff-I-want-day you get once a year.
  1. Anything YOU want that she probably wouldn’t use so really you’re just buying a gift for you (sorry, 65” OLED 4K TV, not this time, even if it means mom can watch HGTV in the best definition available #justsaying)

So, with that in mind, here’s our top 5 picks for things you should actually give mom this weekend (also, please don’t wait till Sunday to start shopping.  Don’t be that person.  Your momma raised you better than that).


The best choice for the mom who needs to escape from all your drama for a little while.


Humans of New York – Stories

(as seen on Instagram)


Leatherbound collection of Seven Jane Austen                              


The Obsession – Nora Roberts



Does mom have a green thumb?  Or maybe she turned your bedroom into an art studio the weekend you finally moved out? 


H Potter Terrarium Kit                                     


Mixed Media and Easel Set                            


Chooka Rain/Garden Boots


Be it tea, coffee, or something a little stronger, you’re probably still the reason she’s reaching for one of these.


Personal Coffee Maker                                   


Cute/Funny/Sweet Mugs    


Swirl Red Wine Glasses


You’ve come a long way since that awkward ash-tray clay slab you had to make in elementary school, but trust us, mom will never tire of getting a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift you put your (preferably metaphorical) blood, sweat, and tears into.


Canvas Photo Prints                                        


Modern Macrame Planter     (with fresh flowers)                          


Chalkboard Pots


Is your mom THE hardest person to shop for in the entire history of humanity (yeah, mom, I’m looking at you)?  Gift cards aren’t necessarily a cop-out gift as at least it ensures mom can get what she *really* wants.  Just get her a really fancy, mushy-gushy greeting card to put it in.







And, theoretically, let’s say you did wait until Sunday, on your way to lunch with mom, and you stop in to Eastridge Center to panic-buy, don’t worry–we’ve got you covered.  Spend $125 between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, May 8, and we’ll give you a $25 e-gift card.

Check out our Facebook page for more details!