Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trademark Grows Leasing Team: Adds Manny Steiner as VP Leasing


Les Garrett

Manny Steiner will join Trademark Property Company as a Vice President of Leasing effective January 15, 2012. Manny will serve as the project lead on Market Street -The Woodlands and WestBend. He will also assist in Business Development.

“This is a strategic time to invest in growing a world class leasing and management team,” said Trademark Chairman – CEO Terry Montesi. “Manny provides a depth of mixed-use, town center & retail leasing experience and a passion for the business that is hard to find. We are thrilled to have him join the Trademark team.”

Manny has over 6 years experience in leasing and restaurant & leisure development at Steiner & Associates.

About Trademark Property Company

Since 1992, Trademark has invested in or developed over 10 million square feet of regional malls, outdoor retail and mixed-use projects worth over $1 billion. Our experienced team currently operates more than 5 million square feet.

Stride Rite and Build-A-Bear Open at La Palmera

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (November 30, 2011) – La Palmera continues to attract new tenants, including many seasonal ones, offering something for everyone.

Stride Rite opened it’s new 1,227-square-foot store today. Since 1919, Stride Rite has opened over 230 stores nationwide and La Palmera is excited to be home to the newest addition.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is now open. The 1,776-square-foot workshop will be located on the upper level near the Undersea Adventure children’s play area. Founded in 1997, the company operates more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshops worldwide and remains the only interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience.

For more information on La Palmera, go to or call (361) 991-5718.

Watters Creek Opens Ann Taylor, Celebrates Record Black Friday Traffic


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Allen, Texas (November 30, 2011) – Recently opened new stores at Watters Creek, a one million square-foot mixed-use development, were a big draw for Black Friday shoppers, resulting in a 3% traffic increase from last year.

New retailer Anthropologie opened its doors early to Black Friday shoppers at 6 a.m. Other newly opened stores at the center include: Oil & Vinegar, a one-of-a-kind retail store specializing in a collection of bread-dipping, cooking and high-quality extra virgin olive oils and aged vinegars; Ann Taylor featuring an assortment of chic career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes and accessories; Soma Intimates known for their luxurious lingerie, sleepwear, active wear and patented Vanishing Edge Collection; and Amabel Designs offering an extensive selection of fashion costume jewelry.

Shoppers also lined up to take advantage of the Watters Creek Black Friday holiday door buster promotion that included a free gift card with purchase. The event generated in excess of $100,000 in one day sales for the center. A similar gift card with purchase event is planned the day after Christmas.

About Watters Creek

Come see why Watters Creek was named “Best New Shopping Center 2010” by D Home, the special 52-acre setting features a resort-style design with pond and running creek, open green space, more than 500 trees and lush landscaping, as well as interactive public art. The mixed-use development offers 1.15 million sq. ft. of retail, restaurant, office space and high-end loft apartments. When the property opened in May 2008 it was the first retail development in the State of Texas to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is located at U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive at 970 Garden Park Drive in Allen, Texas. For more information call 972-747-8000 or visit

Season Of Giving Underway at La Palmera

Local charities hope spirit of giving continues for upcoming events


Celena McGuill

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 29, 2011) – The holiday shopping season is off to a stellar start with tens of thousands of shoppers opening their wallets for holiday gift purchases.

Several Coastal Bend charities are hoping shoppers continue their spending ways to support several charitable events and services at La Palmera over the next few weeks.

Shoppers can take advantage of the gift-wrapping service available Friday through Sunday from noon-6 p.m. on the first three weekends of December, plus two bonus days Christmas week. Volunteers representing several local charities, each staffing a different weekend, will be stationed on the main level near Concierge and Forever XXI, providing their wrapping services for donations. This year’s charities are the American Red Cross (Dec. 2-4), Bikes for Kids Foundation (Dec. 9-11), CASA of the Coastal Bend (Dec. 16-18) and Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Dec. 22-23).

Santa is available for visits and photos with boys and girls through Dec. 24 in Center Court during mall holiday hours, but pet lovers can also bring their favorite kitty or canine for the popular “Pet Night with Santa,” Tuesday Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 5-8:30 p.m. A portion of the photo proceeds from those events will benefit PALS (Dec. 6) and the Gulf Coast Humane Society (Dec. 13). Only dogs and cats are permitted and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

The Salvation Army Angel Trees are also in place, located on the mall’s upper level as well as the traditional bell ringing campaigns at the mall entrances.

For more information on all holiday happenings, go to, visit Concierge or call (361) 991-5718.

L’Occitane and Ann Taylor Now Open at Market Street Woodlands


Jenny Taylor

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, L’Occitane Boutique has opened its doors at Market Street – The Woodlands. First sold in the open-air markets of Provence, France, L’Occitane has become known the world over for the finest in fragrances, items for facial care, bath and body, and hair care for women and men.

Ann Taylor opened the brand’s new concept store in Market Street The Woodlands in October, marking the brand’s first concept store in Texas. The grand opening was celebrated with an in-store shopping event for clients and the public on Saturday, October 29.

In December, the shopping and entertainment destination will welcome the women’s fashion boutique addison where shoppers can browse from among the boutique’s complete selection of ladies shoes, handbags and jewelry.

Cherry Creek Mortgage, a new office tenant, opened its doors on November 1, 2011 at Market Street-The Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas. Cherry Creek has been in business 23 years and in 2009 were in the Top 25 national ranking in retail originations.

New Stores To Make The Season Bright at La Palmera

Build-A-Bear Workshop and Benjamin’s opening soon; more stores on the way


Celena McGuill

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (November 3, 2011) – La Palmera continues to attract new tenants, including many seasonal ones, offering something for everyone.

Two new tenants, one of them based in Corpus Christi, are slated to open in November. A local surf and skate staple since 1976, Benjamin’s, is scheduled to open a 3,073-square-foot store located adjacent to Bath and Body Works. Benjamin’s is a Coastal Bend favorite for surf and skate needs as well as fashionable apparel, ranging from casual beachwear to cool global fashion.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is also moving in with an opening scheduled in November. The 1,776-square-foot workshop will be located on the upper level near the Undersea Adventure children’s play area. Founded in 1997, the company operates more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshops worldwide and remains the only interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience.

Two other tenants recently opened at La Palmera. All the Perks Espresso Café opened its kiosk café in September, located near the feature aquarium in the La Palmera Cafés food court, and Baker’s, one of the leading specialty retailers of fashion-forward footwear and accessories for young women, opened August 27 in a 1,505-square-foot space on the main level. With 230 stores nationwide, the La Palmera Baker’s location is the company’s first in Corpus Christi.

Several seasonal favorites will also be at La Palmera in time for holiday shopping. Hickory Farms, See’s Candies, Calendar Club, Brookstone, and H-E-B Toyland will be moving in temporarily for the holiday shopping season.

“La Palmera continues to bring new tenants to the Coastal Bend and provide ever-expanding shopping opportunities, both permanent and seasonal, for our customers,” said La Palmera General Manager Fred Walters.