The compact 4 floors of Atrium Mall, located in fashionable Chestnut Hill just west of Boston, contain several of Boston's favorite fashion and home furnishing stores, plus 3 nice restaurants.
Although Atrium Mall has been hit hard by the recent recession, with a number of store closings and unoccupied space filling large portions of each floor, you may still find it worth a visit if you are targeting one of the dozen or so stores and restaurants still open.
Inside the compact space, you'll find that the mall lives up to its name as light pours in through a central atrium as shoppers visit Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, and Second Time Around.
Second Time Around's eclectic selections draw enthusiastic fans. Ever wonder where designer label clothing goes after closets are cleared to make room for the next season's must-have fashions? You'll find a lot of them here . . . at very attractive prices. (For even more designer fashion at discount prices, check out savings at the Wrentham Village Outlets.)
Naturally, you'll need some food in order to fortify your shopping efforts. No junky mall food here! Instead you'll find Boston's perennial pizza favorite, Bertucci's, The Cheesecake Factory, and another interesting, slightly unusual choice for a mall, Le's Vietnamese.
Atrium Mall has long been one of the Boston area's most interesting shopping malls - a carefully edited collection of interesting stores and restaurants grouped together in attractive surroundings.
Once anchored by a huge now-closed Borders Bookstore, the mall has lost a number of tenants over the past year, with many of them moving across the street to much-larger Chestnut Hill Mall.
Because of all the vacancies, Atrium Mall has lost its status as a Boston shopping destination.
However, the mall occupies prime Newton real estate on Route 9. With the economy now doing much better, look for a renaissance of this popular shopping space.