The Glory of Gulfstream

by Sheri Elfman
Sunday Aug 28, 2011

Shoppers in South Florida are always on the hunt for the next unique boutique. They will be happy to know that the Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach has what they are looking for. This attractive shopping mecca opened over a year ago next to the Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino. Anchored by popular stores like The Container Store, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, the outdoor shopping mall is the perfect place to spend the day at - with chic restaurants and many exciting shops.

Clotheshorses will love the many shops like Back2Back, Next, Time Concepts, Adrenalina, Rock & Religion, The Pacific Paradise and Roxtar. Back2Back specializes in trendy clothing and accessories for men and women; Next carries unique, hip clothes and accessories; Time Concepts has watches, sunglasses and accessories to help complete your look; Adrenalina is fun for surfers and skateboarders or those who just covet that look and has a Flowrider simulated, indoor surfing ride where you can test out your skills; Rock & Religion has clothes and accessories for those who want to look like a rock god; The Pacific Paradise is great for those who need resort wear or who just like to look like they came from a resort; and Roxstar carries a variety of designer denim that will please any fashionista.

Those who have a new home or are looking to update the look of their home, will love the shops at Gulfstream Park. The Container Store has just what you need to organize your home and maximize your space. Two Hotspots employees recently visited the store to learn more and were rumored to have spent two hours in the huge store! Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma are very popular stores-who can resist their kitchenware and modern home items?

The lesser-known home stores at Gulfstream are definitely worth checking out. Z Gallerie, which offers high-quality home items at a reasonable price has furniture, artwork, lighting and more; Bang & Olufson has all kinds of amazing audio and visual items; West Elm features modern and affordably-priced home d├ęcor and furniture; and the most unique of the home stores - Barker Animation Art Gallery - is a must-see for those who love animation! Barker features art from Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna Barbera, Romero Britto & Charles Fazzino, including original oil and acrylic paintings, bronze and acrylic sculptures, studio glass, animation and more from artists from all over the world.

Of course, this shopping mecca is located right next door to Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino. For those who like to earn their shopping money by gambling, this is the perfect combination! With horse races, gaming tables and slot machines, Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino will definitely keep you entertained.

If all of the shopping and gambling has made you tired, then you can relax and replenish at the unique Full Bodied Spa. They offer luxurious treatments of internationally acclaimed grape based products because of the antioxident power of grapes, vines and the by-products of wine. They also sell skincare, lotions and of course, wine.

All of the excitement from shopping and gambling at Villages at Gulfstream Park and the Racetrack and Casino will definitely have you working up an appetite.Not to worry, there are tons of dining option to explore. There are flavors from around the world including Cantina Laredo, Texas de Brazil, III Forks, Cadillac Ranch, Brio Tuscan Cuisine, Playright Irish Pub, Yard House and much more.

Yard House is an especially amazing place to dine. The eatery is casual, yet upscale, and has an extensive exciting menu. Their Fish N’ Chips are guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever tasted and beer lovers will go crazy over their selection - they have the world’s largest selection of draft beer. Yes, the world’s largest! The beer is the star of the show at Yard House. In the center of the restaurant there is a large bar with more taps than you’ve ever seen anywhere else. Three to five miles of beer lines stretch across the ceiling to a keg room where the selection of well-known and not so known beers flow at the cool temperature of 34 to 36 degrees. They definitely take their beer seriously at this establishment.

If you are looking for more entertainment after dining at one of Gulf Stream’s fine restaurants, then you will definitely enjoy their nightclubs - Santo and Greenhouse - where you can dance away those calories so you can look good in the clothes you just bought.

Village at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino are places to seek out to cure your summer doldrums and will bring you hours of fun!

The Village at Gulfstream Park is located at 501 S. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida, less than two miles east of I-95. For more information, visit

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