Welcome to Highland Park Village, the upscale shopping plaza in the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road in Dallas that serves as one of the most visited shopping areas in the city. Highland Park Village is considered to be the ‘first self-contained shopping center in America’, first built in 1931. Originally, the vision for this center came from a man named John Armstrong who purchased a total of 1,326 acres of land in 1906 and called it Highland Village. The old cattle trail became a small town/community where he envisioned and created fine homes and green space, named Highland due to its elevation 130 feet above downtown Dallas. Armstrong and his architects (Marion Fooshee and James Cheek) traveled to Barcelona and Seville and did some research on how to create a really eye-catching shopping center. In 1931 they created this all-inclusive center complete with banks and services.
HP Village, America’s first shopping center and the prototype for shopping centers all over the country, holds a unique Mediterranean-Spanish style, one admired by shoppers and architecture lovers alike. Design-wise, this was the very first center of its kind with a unified architecture style and single ownership, so don’t be afraid to spend time gawking at it or snapping photos, it really is amazing.
Inside you can spend your time doing some seriously high-quality shopping, with options such as concierges and personal shoppers there for your leisure, or you can save your pocketbook some trouble and window shop. The stores here are mostly designer, with options such as Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, and CHANEL. You can shop eyewear, entertainment, beauty, fitness, floral, fine jewelry, fashion, or even whole foods! There are several onsite eateries, most of them fine dining. Try Bistro 31 for a fine taste of French, Spanish, and Italian cuisine, or maybe head over to the quick concept KT Burger. There are also 2 first-run theater screens within the onsite Village Theater here, as well as a grocery store, UPS, and Starbucks.