When I was a little girl, I moved out of Central New York briefly to Florida. And when I came back to visit that Christmas, the first place we went to visit was the brand new Carousel Center. That was 1990 and seems like ages ago. I was 14 then. (soooo dating myself!!) Then, I moved back to CNY and the mall was a place where I went for special occasions, dates, and eventually a job. I myself have always loved a mall, I spent a third of my life working in several of them. I feel at home there.
When the discussion about the expansion of beloved Carousel Center began, it was hard to grasp for me and so many others. Change is hard for people, for me as well. I honestly didn't know if I would ever see this expansion come to life. And now, this wonderful mecca of stores and eatery has been open for over a year. Have you been yet to visit since the mall became known as Destiny USA? If you haven't, you should.
My first visit to the expansion was in February of 2012. I wanted to cry at how beautiful the mall was and how proud I was to have a place like Destiny in Syracuse. I have been to many malls while traveling and Destiny USA is nothing like them. How lucky we are to have this place in Syracuse! All of the restaurants and stores we once had to travel to eat at or shop at, are now within a few minutes drive. People who rarely leave Central New York probably don't realize that many of the stores and restaurants that have opened in the expansion are only located in other big cities. Cities that are much bigger than Syracuse. Without this mall, we wouldn't have these places to enjoy in Central New York.
It's true. I love malls. I love THIS mall. I have been visiting this mall for 23 years. I've shopped there, had dates there, had my Senior Ball there, brought my kids there. So much of where I used to frequent while growing up is gone. But this place, I will be able to tell my kids about AND bring them to as they grow up. Now they can make their own memories at Destiny USA.
Fun facts about Destiny USA:
* JC Penney is the only anchor left that opened with the original mall on October 15, 1990. All others have either changed names or closed.
* When H&M opened in 2000, it was the first time the store was housed in a mall.
* Destiny USA has more than 300 stores and services
* Destiny USA is the 6th largest mall in the United States at over 2.4 million sq feet.
* Destiny USA as a whole is one of the top employers in Syracuse.
I sincerely hope you have been to Destiny USA since it officially opened. The mall has so much to offer every person who visits.
Check out their facebook page for special offers and information about the mall!
Destiny USA has graciously offered to give one MyCNYMommy reader a $100 Giftcard this holiday season! Details below on how to win:
To enter the giveaway:
* Fill out this form - All applicants MUST complete the entire form or the entry will be disqualified.
*Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
*Additional entries available through being one of the first 50 to enter or by liking me on facebook & following me on twitter.
* Giveaway ends 12/3 at 10PM EST.
*Winner will be chosen by Random.org by Friday 12/6 and notified.
* Winner has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
*Winner will receive a $100 Giftcard sponsored by Destiny USA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN AND OFFERED BECAUSE I SINCERELY LOVE THIS MALL.
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