The Hill Country Galleria Hosts a Grand ReOpening Event to Celebrate its Transformation

Contributed  by Stephanie Samuels, Roving Reporter for InFluential Magazine 

Photography courtesy of Stephanie Samuels.

The Hill Country Galleria completed recently a $16 million dollar renovation and celebrated the spectacular transformation with a huge Grand ReOpening Event on Saturday, April 8, complemented with beautiful Central Texas weather.

The family friendly event was one for the record books.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Chamber of Commerce.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Chamber of Commerce.

The Mayor of Bee Cave, Carolyn Murphy, along with the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce christened the Event with a ribbon cutting ceremony while the enthusiastic crowd released balloons into the sky.

Austin Music Legend Bob Schneider.

Austin Music Legend Bob Schneider.

Headlining the entertainment menu, was local legend Bob Schneider, who rocked the standing room only crowd from the spacious new amphitheater, now adorned with Adirondack seating, as well as families of all ages who had blankets on the lawn. Fans of all ages loved Bob’s music, and as an extra treat, he took musical requests.

Fashion Show Presented and Styled by LURE by Y&R with Music Presented by The Mrs.

Fashion Show presented and styled by LURE by Y&R with music presented by The Mrs.

Amanda Tatom, host of Studio 512, kicked off a fashion show presented and styled by LURE by Y&F.  The models walked the runway complemented by the music of The Mrs. To round out the entertainment; Sun Radio hosted the Saturday Night Concert Series featuring the DeRailers.

Fashion

As the evening closed out the community was treated to a fabulous fireworks show.

Congrats to the Hill Country Galleria.

New Look. New Stores. Introducing the New Hill Country Galleria!

After major renovations, Hill Country Galleria unveils its amazing transformation at a “free to the public” Grand ReOpening Event.

We had to know all the juicy details about the transformation so we’re pleased to have had the opportunity to converse with Ms. Courtney Bunte, Property Marketing Manager at Hill Country Galleria, who was thrilled to share insight into the transformation and Grand ReOpening Event details.    

Read our Exclusive Interview with Courtney and we look forward to socializing with you Saturday, April 8 at Hill Country Galleria.

InFluential Magazine:  How important was it to involve the community when developing the plans for the property transformation?

Courtney Bunte:  In preparation for this multi-million dollar property transformation, it was important for us to meet the wishes of our trade area. We conducted extensive consumer research to find out what our customers wanted to see at the property and are thrilled to bring that to life through our remodel. We started off this process by enhancing the tenant mix of the Galleria by bringing in the highly requested retailer, H&M. As an outdoor lifestyle center, we knew other amenities like more shade and seating, were important to our customers so we made sure these enhancements were a huge part of our property transformation.

InFluential Magazine:  What are the key elements of the property transformation?

Bunte:  Key features of the transformation of our 1.3 million-square-foot property include landscaping upgrades, more shaded areas, new walkways and a new entertainment district, Central Plaza, featuring a grassy lawn, a new splash pad and additional outdoor seating.

InFluential Magazine:  Preview for us, the enhancements which ensure the comfort of shoppers, particularly in consideration of the weather factors in Central Texas?

Bunte:  The landscaping upgrades and shaded walkways make for a much more comfortable shopping experience during the summer months, along with a 40-jet splash pad for families to enjoy.

InFluential Magazine:  We’ve heard quite a bit about the brand new Central Plaza.  Share with us what is most exciting about the Plaza?

Bunte:  The new Central Plaza, located at the heart of the Galleria, allows us to expand on the 80+ free annual events by enhancing the guest experience at these events. We designed the Central Plaza with guest comfort and enjoyment in mind, adding a grassy lawn, additional outdoor seating, an elevated pavilion and a convertible splash pad. Our goal was to restructure the heart of the entertainment district to upgrade and improve the guest viewing experience for local live performances and events like the Saturday Night Concert Series, every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

InFluential Magazine:  The culinary scene in Central Texas has become quite popular on a national scale.  What exciting restaurants will have a home at Hill Country Galleria?

Bunte:  Hill Country Galleria is home to a great mix of exciting restaurants, whether they be national establishments or local favorites. Local restaurant and food tenants include Café Blue, Chisos Grill, Buenos Aires Café, Frost Gelato, All Star Burger, Bee Cave Coffee and more.

InFluential Magazine:  What will prove most inviting for families with children and those looking for a pet friendly environment?

Bunte:  Shaded areas and new walkways create a comfortable and easy shopping experience for family members of all ages and pet friendly shoppers, regardless of weather conditions. Hill Country Galleria is home to a number of family friendly tenants like The Candy Jar, which offers private kids’ birthday parties available for booking, PAIYH Dance Studios, Learning Express Toys and also offers patio seating at some restaurant tenants, like Chisos Grill, perfect for pet friendly dining.

InFluential Magazine:  How do you plan to keep up with the ever changing habits of shoppers in Central Texas?

Bunte:  With over 100 stores and restaurants, the Hill Country Galleria’s property spans nearly a mile long with an eclectic mix of retailers.  In order to make the shopping experience even more user friendly, we are in the process of remerchandising the property by thoughtfully relocating stores to better effect the flow of cross-shopping, dining and entertainment. The outcome will increase retail stores on the west end near Dillard’s, concentrate on dining and entertainment around the Central Plaza, and the east end nearest Whole Foods Market will house service retailers.

InFluential Magazine:  How do we come prepared to best experience the Grand ReOpening Event?

Bunte:  Come with plenty of energy and bring your friends and family for a full day of fun! Festivities will include live music at the Central Plaza, fashion show hosted by KXAN Studio512 host, Amanda Tatom, Taste of the Galleria, fireworks show, shopping discounts and more. Bring a blanket and be sure to grab a spot early on the lawn for live music with Bob Schneider!

Full Grand ReOpening Event Details!

The Hill Country Galleria has transformed!  You’re invited to join for the reveal of the completion of the sixteen million dollar property transformation with a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 8th.  Help cut the ribbon on the brand new Central Plaza featuring beautiful landscaping, more shade and seating and a new splash pad.  Spend the afternoon listening to live music by Bob Schneider followed by a fashion show featuring the Hill Country Galleria retailers with live music by The Mrs.  All day enjoy the Taste of the Galleria with food sampling and treats by Hill Country Galleria restaurants, face painting for the kids and special offers on shopping!  End the evening with the Galleria’s signature event, the Saturday Night Concert Series, followed by a spectacular firework show.  All of this and more will take place from 2pm-9pm in the Central Plaza…come help celebrate! 

Schedule of Events:

2:00 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting by Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce (arrive early & get in the official photo!)

3:00 p.m. – Live music by Bob Schneider

5:00 p.m. – Fashion Show with live music by The Mrs.

7:00 p.m. – Saturday Night Concert Series with music by The Derailers

9:00 p.m. – Fireworks