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Slice of Suburbia- King of Prussia

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My latest Slice of Suburbia takes me to the land of the shopping and the home of strip mall. Ahh King of Prussia- we can’t get any more suburbia than this, folks. The gigantic mall, the strip malls, the traffic down 202. But here a lot of little places to King of Prussia that add to it’s charm.King of Prussia Mall

Ever wonder how King of Prussia got it’s name? And of course, you know when saying this town’s name to outsiders, they say, Kinga-whatta? Or King. Of. Prooo-sha. Actually, Wikipedia says KoP was named in the 18th century from a local tavern named "The King of Prussia Inn," which was named for Frederick II, King of Prussia.

So- did you know that Le Bus’ Bakery is in King of Prussia on Shoemaker Road? One of my fave little places to go get a fresh bagel before work or some fresh bread for dinner (www.lebusbakery.com). Absolutely the best bread and muffins around!

Michael’s Restaurant and Delicatessen at the Valley Forge Center on 202 has amazing food and great atmosphere. Catering, all-day breakfast and over 500 kinds of beer sold make this place a winner.

Another little slice of heaven isn’t food-related, as so many of my happy places are, is Stillpoint Yoga Studios, also on Shoemaker Road. Jack and Stillpoint Yoga Studios of King of PrussiaDebra and the other instructors make this place a haven of tranquility and strength in its two studios. It is a totally stress-free zone. Go for a class- you won’t be sorry! You’ll feel sooo good!

Of course, King of Prussia has its chain stores and national retailers, but that’s part of the fun. The largest shopping mall in the United States in terms of leasable retail space (according to Wikipedia), The King of Prussia Mall  with Macy’s (LOVE MACY’S!), J.C.Penney and Lord & Taylor, and so many other stores, too many to mention. It opened in 1963, and just kept on growing. This mall is a landmark in Southeastern PA, with seven world class department stores and more than 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants, the King of Prussia Mall has more retail shopping space than any other attraction in America and it features stores that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. It’s a beautiful place and great for people watching, mall walking and finding one-of-a-kind items.

Not in the mall but still offering primo shopping are a few of my faves: Pier 1 Imports , Marshall’s, Michael’s Arts & Crafts .

Many people call King of Prussia home, with single-family residences, high-rise apartment buildings, as well as hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Scanticon Valley Forge Hotel , and the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel  and businesses. The Valley Forge Convention Center  also sees thousands of tourists every year for meetings and exhibits.

King of Prussia also borders the beautiful 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park, full of trails, history and deer (seriously, ya know to watch out for the deer.) I love this park. Reenactments, the log cabins, the ghosts of George Washington’s encampments, the rolling hills and majestic trees all lend themselves to the air of mystery and the longstanding awe and beauty of this park.

So, since it is shaping up to be a nice day, I am off for a run in the park. Where shall I go next for Slice of Suburbia?

Christine Tarlecki can be found on Twitter under engchik; at engchik@comcast.net; or on FaceBook under Christine Tarlecki.

 

King of Prussia Mall Pictures: Courtesy of the Karma Agency Philadelphia

 

Stillpoint Yoga Logo: Courtesy of www.Stillpointyogastudios.com

 

Valley Forge Park picture: Courtesy of http://www.vfconventioncenter.com/local_attractions.htm