Why University Village Shopping Center in Colorado Springs ?
Actually, the only reason that I discovered this shopping center was Costco.
We live in the Southwest of Colorado Springs and this area is notoriously “underserved” with retail shops. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here, but shopping can turn into a full day event if you need to go to the other side of town to be able to check all items off your list.
So I was happy when Costco on North Nevada opened. About all I knew about this area, and I didn’t pay much attention either until about 6 months ago when I realized just how many retailers have finally occupied this space. Food Service Retailers
My friend had gushed about the great food at the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and I loved meeting my clients and business friends at the huge Panera with plenty of outside seating and great panoramic views.
I really started taking notice and liked the fact that I can get most of my shopping done in one place and still meet clients. All in one. The backdrop of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Front Range is an added plus and regardless of where I am a somewhat rejuvenating experience. (I am not kidding – the mountains are breathtaking)
What made this shopping center especially attractive was the close proximity to I-25. Its closer than the Briargate mall, much closer than Briargate Shopping center (which I like very much as well, but do not always have time for) and the variety of small shops and large retailers. Though it’s farther by miles, it proved to be much quicker for me to zip up I-25 to Exit 146 than to actually make my way over to the east side of Colorado Springs to shop on Powers Blvd.
There is a farmers market on the weekends and the shopping center even has it’s own UVC running club meets there as well. Where would they run?
The shopping center has direct access to the Pikes Peak Greenway trail with a 4 or 6 mile course and a 1-mile on-site walking course as well.
How do you get there?
Like previously mentioned, take I 25 and if you are going north exit at Gardens of the Gods (146) turning east until you hit Nevada Avenue, then turn north. If you are heading south on I 25 it’s easy to exit on N Nevada Ave and head south – or simply follow the line of cars.
Try one, try them all:
bj’s restaurant and brewhouse
Handcrafted beers, deep dish pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs.
Great food in a fun, casual atmosphere.
Unique fresh fish from all over the globe, hand-cut daily and wood-grilled to perfection to include Angler’s Steak and Lily’s Chicken. Happiness starts when you walk in the door.
chipotle mexican grill
Great Mexican food, made fast. Building outstanding burritos and other favorites fresh before your eyes.
Be sure to read the napkins and your drink cup!
glacier homemade ice cream and gelato
Artisans following a tradition started in their first Boulder, CO store at the turn of the century creating award winning ice cream & gelato.
hacienda colorado mexican restaurant
Traditional recipes updated with a distinct Rocky Mountain twist – “Mountain Mexican” including 120 different tequilas.
Featuring wood-oven pizzas and award-winning ales.
Beautifully blended fruit smoothies made with the highest quality fruit, low-fat sherbet or non-fat yougurt, and juice. Also offering delicious non-fat frozen yogurt by the ounce with toppings of your choice. Taste the Blendsation!
noodles & company
Whether you like noodles, pastas, salads, soups or sandwiches, Noodles has something for everyone – made quickly and served with style for around $7. Take a tour with dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – the world’s best food is right inside their doors.
nothing bundt cakes
From the first bite, sweet memories of your Mom’s cake, fresh from the oven, gently tug at your heart. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth, calling you back to a day when life was a little sweeter and time passed more slowly. Stop by today and enjoy a yummy, delightful treat!
Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery, brings a fresh twist to the UVC dining scene with local, organic ingredients in a hip and casual setting. Over Easy features breakfast & brunch favorites including local ingredients & cage-free eggs.
An everyday oasis where you can injoy amazing breads and pastries along with outstanding hearty soups, fresh salads, and super andwiches. Everything is fresh, fast, and affordable.
the pita pit
People want to change the way they eat. They want FRESH THINKING and HEALTHY EATING, and they want it now! The Pita Pit is the FUTURE in quick casual food and service. The Pita Pit ditched all the heavy breads and buns – along with the higher carbs and fat that today’s health-conscious consumers are trying to avoid. Instead, they came up with their own special light and tasty Lebanese-style pitas.
Stop in and rediscover why Americans fell in love with burgers in the first place!
Great-tasting burgers, smashfries, smashchicken sandwiches, salads, veggie frites and haystack onions.
Something is brewing at UVC! Starbucks- They’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. Get to know them and you’ll see: they are so much more than what they brew.
Eat good. Feel Good. Tokyo Joe’s is committed to a menu with great nutritional integrity and believe strongly that when you EAT GOOD, you FEEL GOOD. The goal is to have you feeling… Revived, Refueled and Reenergized!
Creating superior sandwiches served in an edgy, magnetic environment.