Last time we talked shopping centres, I admitted my aversion to big concrete jungles that have everything a consumer could possibly dream of... except a parking space. Can you identify?
Do you kind of get the feeling in this great big metropolis, that the endless rat race is fostering a renewed sense of local community? People are looking for great shopping, leisure, sporting and cultural services on their doorstep. Small, accessible and quality, without the hassle of trudging your way through the traffic on your family's precious days off.
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If you hear me, I'd love your comments. Do you have a suburban shopping or cultural centre that does it for you? Have you ditched the big shopping centre half an hour away, for your local community village?
I'd love to compile an article that represents your views from across Sydney but to kick off the trend I started with my report on Warriewood Square, I'm going to let you in on the secret of the new Glenrose Village precinct. It's a long-awaited, services rejuvenation for the Belrose community, with a local library refurb and a shopping centre re-development on the doorstep of the popular Glenn Street Theatre.
Plenty of parking
Ease of Parking
The first thing that hits you about Glenrose Village is its open approach, with wide traffic lanes for entry to the free outdoor parking and under cover lots. I've yet to park under cover because I can always get a space. Visit in peak hour or rain though, and you'll be pleased for the extra room 'below', with easy trolley access to the shops above. And did I mention parking is free?
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Before Glenrose Village was re-developed, I'd hazard a guess that Glenn Street Theatre was mostly a place for locals and community theatre die-hards. There wasn't anywhere in this quiet suburb to get a good meal after dark and within walking distance to the theatre. Since the refurb, Glenn Street Theatre is literally buzzing and drawing crowds beyond Belrose. I can't help thinking it has a lot to do with the trendy eateries across the road, with options for evening dining, catering to families. There's The New Civic Diner, Stella Blu Kitchen and Pizzeria, Momokko, Ajmer's Indian Restaurant, Thai Kitchens and my personal favourite for daytime snacks or lunch, the Vietnamese fusion bakery, Taste Baguette. And this is just outside the shopping centre. There are more treats inside for fast food and coffee while you shop.
Taste Baguette has the most delicious bakery range
Like Warriewood, Glenrose is not the largest array of shops you'll ever find but it's growing and for now, there are many of the essential things you'll need for your family. Amongst an assortment of specialty shops, there is a Woolworths, a smart new ALDI, Bakers Delight, newsagency, variety store, toy shop, seafood vendor, butcher, dry cleaner, florist and hair dressing salons. For a local village, this is a broad selection of conveniences and on many occasions, might just save that odyssey through the Warringah roadworks to get to 'The Mall'.
Inside, the centre is well laid out
The centre is well laid out with a welcoming feel and you can't get lost. It's a comfortable meeting place amongst the leafy environs of Belrose and best of all, only a hop, skip and a jump from local sporting and cultural amenities.