- looking at the mall’s plan/map online OR
- taking Braker, NOT the Mopac access road.
We did neither and went in the opposite end of the “mall”, followed the signs that said Borders was on the right, parked in the garage by Neiman Marcus, found a directory that showed us we were at the wrong end, and ended up parking in another parking garage that was a little closer to the only store we would go to at the Domain.
The Borders location is improved over the older location by the arboretum. It now has two floors, feels more open, and seems to have more shelfspace. Also, there is a ginormous parking lot smack in front of it.
For those who might complain that I should shop locally and go to BookPeople, it’s just about as logical for me to go to Borders, as they are about equidistant from me. I love BookPeople, but I hate driving downtown. Honestly, I prefer Half Price Books over both of those stores, but you can’t go there with any specific expectations.
Nowadays I seem to buy more books online off of half.com or Amazon than from actual physical bookstores. When I do want to go to a bookstore, Borders is my favorite. And now I know that I don’t even have to deal with the crazy SUV drivers in the Domain proper; I can just park on what is now the northern end of it (until they add more properties there).
But the ultimate theme of this post should be: I frickin’ can’t stand the overall feel of this new Domain. It’s too Houston or Dallas for me. If Borders wasn’t now there, I would ignore its existence. I prefer my malls full of gawky teenagers, listening to their iPods and walking extremely slowly, with 1/3 of the store spaces empty because of past failed businesses.
Oh, who am I kidding? I just can’t stand malls in general.