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  • NorthPark's 50th Anniversary Comes to a Close

    • Today is August 19, 2016, which means NorthPark Center is officially 51 years old. Over the past year, we have celebrated such an important milestone in several ways. We are so appreciative of all the support and love we have received, and look forward to 50 more amazing years of providing Dallas with the best shopping, art and programming. Take a look...

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  • NorthPark Sponsors New KERA Series

    • Last fall, NorthPark Center launched Fifty Years of Giving to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary and to give back to 50 of the organizations that make our city great. The gifts were unique to each organization’s needs, and ranged from kits for victims of domestic violence to an outdoor playset for homeless children. The impact of many gifts was immediately realized,...

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  • From the Archives: 10 Original Tenants, Part 3

    • Colberts Visitors to NorthPark in 1965 were transported to France each time they stepped into women’s retailer Colberts. This original tenant was a Texas-based chain decorated with French-themed decor, like an extravagant chandelier in the foyer and French street signs. Colberts sold ready-to-wear for women and juniors, and even had an extensive fur selection. In 1970, Colberts purchased the popular...

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  • From the Archives: 10 Original Tenants, Part 2

    • The Bombay Shop The Bombay Shop at NorthPark featured gifts from around the world, with an emphasis on engraved brassware from India. The cozy, kiosk-style store featured handmade items from diverse destinations such as Africa, Mexico, the Philippines and Italy. Owner George Peters described his shop as “a passport to good gift-giving.”   Canterbury Shop Canterbury Shop was the go-to...

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  • From the Archives: 10 Original Tenants

    • Black Forest Bakery This European style bakery offered a decadent selection of items, with an emphasis on French pastries.  Other favorites included Black Forest cakes, coffee cakes, Danish rolls, French bread, and German rolls.  It closed in 1980.   Coiffure Continental This beauty salon was the largest in Dallas when it opened. At 4,000 square feet, it was more than...

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  • From the Archives: The Magic Pan

    • One of the most beloved tenants of NorthPark Center is The Magic Pan, a casual, French country restaurant serving sweet and savory crepes. The Magic Pan opened in 1974 as a part of an expansion that included Lord & Taylor. The Magic Pan manager Bob Butterfield taking Raymond Nasher for a spin on the crepe pan. Dallas Times Herald, June...

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  • From the Archives: Salvador Dali’s Art-in-Jewels Exhibit

    • Fabulous jewelry is always on the mind this time of year – Valentine’s Day is only ten days away! Today we are taking a look back at a very special jewelry exhibit installed at Neiman Marcus NorthPark in May 1970. The exhibit was Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s Art-in-Jewels, a fascinating collection of more than 30 pieces of jewelry designed...

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  • From the Archives: NBC’s Charlie Rose films at NorthPark

    • NorthPark Center is many things – shopping mecca, community gathering place, art museum, etc. But did you know that it once served as a TV studio for The Charlie Rose Show in 1980 and 1981? The popular local show was usually filmed in Fort Worth at the NBC/KXAS-TV studios. However, Charlie Rose and his crew made the jaunt to NorthPark...

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  • From the Archives: Holiday Fun Facts

    • 1965 Santa made a grand entrance in a helicopter – a posh upgrade from his usual sleigh. Hundreds of adoring children welcomed him in the parking lot. Another popular attraction this year was a robotic Toy Soldier that marched up and down the corridors of NorthPark. The Candy Santa and Pecan Reindeer made their debut. Santa and his sleigh sat...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark Santa through the Years

    • Santa, who shared his favorite sweet treats on Tuesday, has been visiting NorthPark Center every December for 26 years. Many who came to see him when they were little now bring their children, making it a very special multi-generational tradition. I grew up in the Dallas area, and have fond memories of coming to see NorthPark Santa each year. Ask...

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  • From the Archives: Holiday Decor at NorthPark

    • This time of year is simply magical at NorthPark Center. Beautiful Christmas trees and hundreds of poinsettias start popping up mid-November, and the shopping center is all decked out by the time Black Friday rolls around. 2015 marks our 50th anniversary, and thus our 50th holiday season! Can you guess what holiday decorations have been around since that very first...

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  • From the Archives: Dallas Times Herald Magazine 1965

    • The Sunday, October 17, 1965 issue of Dallas Times Herald Magazine takes us back in time to NorthPark Center when it first opened. The 11-page photo essay explores the small details that made NorthPark and its retailers so great. The article was written by Bob Fenley with photographs by Bob Jackson. Even though this article was published just two months...

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  • NorthPark Art: Leo Villareal Exhibition

    • NorthPark Center is pleased to present a new exhibition by leading contemporary artist Leo Villareal. The exhibit consists of two sculptures – Buckyball, 2015, and Diamond Sea, 2007. Both are on view starting today.   Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger commissioned Buckyball specifically for CenterPark Garden, where it will be on permanent view. The work is inspired by Buckminster Fuller...

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  • From the Archives: Pumpkin Daze at NorthPark

    • Happy Halloween! To mark the spookiest day of the year, let’s take a look at how NorthPark Center celebrated Halloween in the late 90s and early 00s.   In 1997 and 1998, impressive pumpkin carving took place at the skilled hand of Bill Young in SouthCourt, located on Level One between Neiman Marcus and what is now Dillard’s. Crowds gathered...

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  • From the Archives: Elizabeth Taylor visits NorthPark

    • Elizabeth Taylor, the iconic actress with a fiercely glamorous lifestyle and a love for precious jewels, visited NorthPark Center twice during her lifetime. Photo credit: The DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University   The initial visit was in October 1987 to Neiman Marcus. Taylor was promoting her first fragrance, Passion. It was the first of 13 fragrances she would go on...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark’s First DSO Performance in 1966

    • The partnership between NorthPark Center and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra reaches back exactly 49 years this month, to October 1966. The first performance of the DSO at NorthPark was a part of the “Friday Nighter” concert series, a free event that lasted four weeks and also included performances by the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Company, Juvey Gomez with his New Quintet,...

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  • New Program at NorthPark: ArtROCKS!

    • One of my responsibilities as the Manager of Art Programming for a shopping center (that many might confuse for a community center) is creating original programming, so that our visitors can use NorthPark as just that – a community space, a place to bring your family and relax. As a result, I am thrilled to announce that on October 18th,...

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  • NorthPark50 Social Contest

    • As part of NorthPark Center’s 50th anniversary, we’re giving back to 50 local non-profit organizations that help our community thrive through NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving. We want you to tell us which organization are you most excited to see on our social media channels for a chance to win two VIP tickets to NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Fashion Roberto...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark Fashion Shows

    • In April 1966, crowds of women flocked to the Dillard’s Fountain at NorthPark Center for the very first center-wide fashion show. The event was planned in partnership with the Kim Dawson, whose agency we still work with today on all of NorthPark’s fashion shows, events and television segments. Ever since then, elaborate fashion shows have been a glamorous way to...

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  • From the Archives: State Fair Fun and Games at NorthPark

    • Fall officially started yesterday, and one of the major hallmarks of the season is the State Fair of Texas! The 24-day fair kicks off on Friday, September 25, and we are ready to indulge in Fletcher’s corny dogs, funnel cakes, and everything fried under the Texas sun. Back in 1965, NorthPark Center decided to get involved in the fair festivities...

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  • J.Crew Shopping Night to Benefit Scottish Rite Hospital

    • Head to NorthPark Center on Thursday, September 24 from 6 – 9PM for a special evening of shopping with J.Crew and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children!   J.Crew is holding a special reception and sale at all three of its NorthPark Center stores. Not only will this be a fun shopping event of the latest J.Crew collection, a portion...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark first to bring Gucci to Dallas

    • An advertisement from the early 1980s declared, “NorthPark is First!” First in Dallas, first in fashion, first in size and first by design.   One of NorthPark’s many firsts was the first Gucci Salon to come to Dallas. The full collection was housed at Frost Bros., which opened in 1981 in the space currently occupied by Tiffany & Co. To...

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  • From the Archives: Football Rally Days

    • School is back in session, leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping a few degrees, at least – fall is here! And in Texas, fall means football. In 1966 and 1967, NorthPark Center hosted Football Rally Days, a special weekend-long event kicking off the start of football season. Players from the SMU Mustangs (my alma mater!) and the Dallas Cowboys...

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  • From the Archives: Rosalynn Carter visit in 1978

    •   On Labor Day, September 4, 1978, NorthPark Center was a hub for Texas politics - more specifically, the 1978 United States Senate election. The shopping center hosted a special “Meet the Candidates” event featuring politicians running for local and statewide offices.  According to a NorthPark press release dated August 28, 1978, the event was meant to “enable candidates for...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark’s Specialness

    • After a very festive week of announcing Fifty Years of Giving on Wednesday and celebrating our birthday with all-day happenings on Saturday, there’s no doubt that NorthPark Center is a truly special place. NorthPark’s uniqueness has been apparent from the very beginning. Two days before the shopping center opened in 1965, The Dallas Times Herald ran a short but fascinating...

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  • From the Archives: Happy Birthday, NorthPark!

    • Fifty years ago today, NorthPark Center officially opened its doors and welcomed tens of thousands of visitors for the grand opening celebration. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are taking a look back at that special day through photographs. For more information and all of NorthPark’s 50th anniversary activities, click over to our dedicated page. You can also follow the happenings...

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  • NorthPark’s 50th Anniversary Fashion Exhibition

    • If you’ve been to NorthPark Center recently or if you follow us on social media, then you know that next week we are celebrating our 50th anniversary! NorthPark opened it’s doors to Dallas in 1965, and we’ve been on the cutting edge of the retail, fashion, and art scene ever since. That distinction has taken on a new dimension since...

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  • From the Archives: The Original Theaters

    • Cinema I & II, NorthPark Center’s original movie theaters, opened in September 1965. NorthPark celebrated the new additions with a glittering ceremony with members of the film industry and many Dallas dignitaries in attendance. The two theaters were expected to greatly impact the Dallas film scene, with a combined 1,850 seats and two of the largest, most brilliant screens in...

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  • From the Archives: Guinness World Record

    • Photo from the Dallas Times Herald At 6:23PM on December 9, 1976, 24-year-old Melody Schick broke the Guinness World Record for sitting still. And she did it at NorthPark Center. She dressed as a ragdoll for the occasion – with exaggerated makeup, blonde pigtails, and a red dress under a blue pinafore. She and her father sat on rotating platforms,...

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  • From the Archives: Hidden Handprints

    • NorthPark Center is known for its award-winning architecture – crisp white bricks, clean lines and shiny floors. But did you know that there are two small details hidden in the vast hallways that are very personal to the Nasher-Haemisegger family? Even the most dedicated shopper might have missed them despite many laps around NorthPark throughout the years. In SouthCourt, near...

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  • From the Archives: Walt Disney

    • Raymond D. Nasher, Walt Disney and Raymond’s father Israel Nasher NorthPark Center isn’t the only place celebrating a big milestone this year. Disneyland turns 60 tomorrow, on July 17. Walt Disney, the creator of the happiest place on earth, made a visit to NorthPark on May 28, 1966. Disney was traveling the country on an eight-city tour to gain inspiration...

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  • The NorthPark Art Collection

    • While shopping at NorthPark Center, you’ve probably noticed several pieces of art when walking from store to store. As the Manager of Art Programming, my job spans in responsibility – from helping choose the works on view in the center, to leading tours, to creating new programs surrounding the NorthPark Art Collection! From its inception, NorthPark has always been an...

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  • From the Archives: Fly Your Flag at NorthPark Center

    • In the summer of 1968, the Dallas Morning News and NorthPark Center teamed up for a special “Fly Your Flag” campaign. Between Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4), members of the community could come to NorthPark and purchase the stars and stripes for $3.25. The Texas flag was even included for free! The goal of the campaign...

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  • From the Archives: NorthPark Gold

    • One of the best presents a NorthPark shopper can receive is a suede pouch of NorthPark Gold. The small gold coins have been a staple at NorthPark Center for 46 years. They made their debut for the holidays in 1969 as simple $5 coins that could be used like cash at any store. A newspaper clipping from the early 1970s...

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  • From the Archives: The NorthPark Logo

    • NorthPark Center has undergone many expansions and transformations throughout its 50 years, but one thing has remained constant – the NorthPark logo. Raymond D. Nasher hired Los Angeles-based graphic designer Herb Rosenthal to create several different options for the logo before the opening in 1965. The winning design was a tree, with an arrow pointing north for the trunk –...

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  • From the Archives: The Balloon Girls

    • When reminiscing about NorthPark Center’s beginnings, it’s impossible to leave the iconic balloon girls out of the conversation. From approximately 1965 until 1976, teenage girls worked throughout the shopping center, selling colorful balloons to small children. According to a 1972 article in local publication Dallas, Raymond Nasher implemented the balloon girls after being inspired by a child carrying a balloon....

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  • From the Archives: 1969

    • The NorthPark Center archives are full of fashion inspiration from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. “From the Archives” highlights the most stylish shoppers from the past 50 years (you can see the first post here). Today, I’m transporting you back to 1969 in SouthCourt – near a store called Colbert’s, where Tory Burch stands today. The stylish mother...

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