When I was growing up, Christiana Mall was the place to be on a Friday and Saturday night. There wasn’t too much there – it was arranged as a triangle between Strawbridges, JC Penney and Macy’s and I was primarily drawn to the girlish accessories and the bookstore. Ironically, since I left Delaware, the place has become really upscale. I’m now a little bit too old to shop at Forever 21, but my fifteen year old self is so ANNOYED she never got to shop there. Very frustrating (I’ll try to contain her.)
So one of the classy new shops the mall now has is a Williams-Sonoma. Williams-Sonoma seems to be a favourite of a lot of baking bloggers (Baking Bites talks about it quite often!) So I decided to go and check it out.
Overall, it has a lot of different aspects of a food store. They do sell furniture and baking supplies, as well as various food items. I think the real strength was in the season items, as they do seem very geared towards stocking items for the autumn and Halloween at the minute.
I absolutely love this pumpkin loaf pan (produced by my beloved Nordicware) and you can see their seasonal sweets: very prepared for Halloween! I also loved this mini-pie display (how cute are the mini pie makers? I want one and the only thing stopping me is that Beardy Boyfriend would have an aneurysm if I tried to fit it into the kitchen of our flat.) And I’ve heard good things about the cupcake mixes at Williams-Sonoma (apparently they’re a bit pricier than the run of the mill cupcake mixes like Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines, but a bit tastier as well), so it was nice to see they have the seasonal pumpkin!
They also have a great cookbook section, if you’re a cookbook person (which I am…Oh, I so totally am!) and even includes the Williams-Sonoma cookbook – which I wouldn’t be surprised if it showed up on a future “cookbooks I’m coveting list)
And finally, the cookie cutters section. I like cookie cutters, but I think these rank amongst the coolest cookie cutters I’ve seen, with Snow White cutters, Marvel superheroes and various Star Wars ones. I loved these Star Wars ones so much that I picked up a set – so there will be some Star Wars cookies being made for my friends in the future!
After Williams-Sonoma, we headed over to the mall Auntie Anne’s. Auntie Anne’s, with its hot buttery pretzels, was the root of my soft pretzel love as a kid (and it’s a requirement for a mall trip that we stopped.) Their buttery salted pretzels are lovely with mustard (so hard to get mustard on pretzels in the UK) and Beardy boyfriend and Beardy mum both enjoyed the cinnamon sugar.
I would definitely recommend stopping by Auntie Annes if you’re in an American mall, as well as a Williams-Sonoma. It was a lovely day out for the three of us!