Changing it up at Clifton Park Center

clifton park center exterior

It's inconspicuous from the outside, like an Indiana Jones cave.

By Heather Lumb

So is Crossgates feeling too corporate for you? Colonie Center just a bit too deja vu (except for the heaven that is Sephora)? Then maybe it's time you head on over to Clifton Park Center.

the shelterThe old Clifton Country Mall has been reborn over the last two years. Sure, this small shopping oasis is still a mall, but its lush greenery, flowing water, and stores where the owner could know your name (as in, the owner isn't a conglomerate group in Nasdaq) change the shopping experience. This is the place to escape the crowds and corporate cloning you get with "convenient" mega-mall shopping.

The CPC actually has a skate shop, The Shelter, where you can talk decks with the guy behind the counter. There are toy stores that can safely be called "authentic." You can also find a magic lesson (or at least some tricks to take home) at Melvin's, a completely custom-made wedding dress at Sandriene Kim, and over 10,000 square feet for the kids to burn off some energy. And while I won't go hatin' on the fountain in Colonie Center (or lack thereof at Crossgates), sipping a MochaLisa by the water at CPC while using the free wi-fi is a certain kind of therapy.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Clifton Park Marshalls: a shopping mecca in the 'burbs

Find It

Clifton Park Center
22 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Get off at Exit 9 on the Northway.


For anyone who has ever struggled to find stylish maternity clothes or a truly comfortable nursing bra, there's a gem of a store at the CP mall:

Wish I had found her while I was pregnant!

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