Shoppers, local organizations and community members benefit from seasonal programs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 10, 2021) – The holidays are here and La Palmera is once again kicking off a number of its seasonal events and services.

Although many shoppers have already started gift buying this year, there are those who are planning to begin on Black Friday. The mall will be officially closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, with some stores, including JCPenney, planning to open early on Friday, Nov. 26.  Shoppers can access department stores directly through each individual store’s outer doors; mall doors will open at 7 a.m. for access to select stores planning to open early that day.

Meanwhile, La Palmera’s holiday happenings are already underway.

Boys and girls are invited to stop by for Visits with Santa Claus, presented by Apollo Towing, every day through Dec. 24 in Center Court. Walk-ups are welcome, but guests can skip the line by making a reservation with a Snap Pass, available on lapalmera.com.

“Pet Night with Santa” also returns for six nights beginning in November. Guests may bring their favorite dog or cat Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Nov. 23 and 24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and Dec. 7 and 8, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in Center Court. Only dogs and cats are permitted and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Walk-ups are welcome, but pet owners can skip the line with a Snap Pass photo reservation for their fur baby photo.

Shoppers can take advantage of La Palmera’s charity gift-wrapping service every Friday through Sunday beginning Nov. 26, plus the week leading up to Christmas. The gift–wrapping station is located on the Main Level near Concierge where volunteers from local charities will provide their wrapping services for donations each day from noon–6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12, from 10 a.m.–noon will be a wonderful opportunity for special needs children and their families to enjoy a visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment with extra time for those who may have developmental or physical challenges. Quiet Time with Santa provides special one-on-one time for photos with Santa before the mall opens — no fountain, no background music, no crowds. Reservations are required for this special event and can be made by going to Holidays 2021 at lapalmera.com.

The Salvation Army bell ringers will be stationed in their traditional locations at select mall entrances, and shoppers can help local children in need by “adopting” them from the Angel Tree located at Concierge. The tree is decorated with children’s names and their wish lists, including items such as toys, clothes, shoes, and more for shoppers to purchase. Each year, The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend helps provide Christmas gifts to over 1,300 local children.

La Palmera will also have special holiday shopping hours the week leading up to Christmas for last-minute purchases.

For more information on La Palmera holiday hours and events, go to Holidays 2021 at lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-3755.

First Corpus Christi location begins dinner service today

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 25, 2021) – Dining options in the Coastal Bend have just expanded with the opening of Razzoo’s Cajun Café at La Palmera.

Located near the corner of South Padre Island Drive and South Staples St., adjacent to JCPenney, this is the first Coastal Bend location for the Dallas-Fort Worth-based restaurant known for its festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail.

Razzoo’s will open with a full menu, initially focusing on dinner service to ensure the best experience, with hours of 3–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Regular operating hours are set to begin in November with both delivery and to-go options slated to start up in the weeks following. Razzoo’s will seat parties of up to eight guests and no reservations are required.

The 5,800-square-foot building, which also has an 880-square-foot patio, features Razzoo’s inviting signature décor, including neon, bright colors and music that perfectly complements the total Cajun dining experience. The new restaurant is still hiring for various positions and those interested can apply in person, or by going to https://careers.razzoos.com/cc.

“Our La Palmera lineup of retail and dining just continues to grow with the names our customers know and are excited about, and Razzoo’s is definitely on that list,” said Amanda Sanchez, general manager of La Palmera. “Corpus Christi in general, and La Palmera specifically, remains a desirable location for new business as we continue to grow.”

Festive free event to kick off to the Coastal Bend holiday season

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Oct. 15, 2021) — La Palmera will officially kick off the holiday shopping season with its annual party to welcome Santa Claus.

This year, La Palmera will host Santa’s Rockin’ Block Party, presented by Apollo Towing, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, complete with live music and entertainment, fun events, and special activities for all ages.

Guests can enjoy free family-friendly events inside the mall beginning at 5 p.m., including face painting and arts and crafts on the upper level, as well as live music and beer samples (ages 21 and up) in the La Palmera Cafés food court. Guests can also stop by Center Court for annual Visits with Santa, presented by Apollo Towing.

While the fun inside continues, the outdoor block party gets underway at 7 p.m. with entertainment and activities stationed along the front of mall including live reindeer, a snow zone, petting zoo, magicians and other special guests providing entertainment throughout the evening.

Santa’s Rockin’ Block Party, including all indoor activities, will end at 9 p.m.

“La Palmera is proud to host Santa’s annual arrival in Corpus Christi and love how it has become such a beloved community event here in the Coastal Bend,” said Amanda Sanchez, La Palmera general manager. “Each year we try to create something unique and fun for guests of all ages and we’re looking forward to hosting this year’s block party event.”

Visits with Santa, presented by Apollo Towing, will be available by reservation or walk-up during mall hours, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $27.95 with other items available for purchase. A reservation link will be available on lapalmera.com.

For more information, on Santa’s Rockin’ Block Party and other Holiday Happenings to be announced, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

 

Razzoo’s begins hiring drive in preparation for fall opening

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Sept. 23, 2021) – Coastal Bend shoppers now have another option for women’s intimate and lifestyle apparel as Aerie opened today at La Palmera.

Owned by American Eagle, this is the first Corpus Christi location for the popular Aerie brand known for its line of women’s intimates, activewear, lifestyle apparel, and swimwear. The 4,000-square-foot store is located on Center Court between Hollister and Oakley.

Offering diners a festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail, the new Razzoo’s Cajun Kitchen is slated to open in October and has begun hiring for multiple positions. Applicants may apply in person Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., at Home2 Suites located adjacent to Dillard’s at La Palmera, or by texting the word “APPLY” to 97763. The restaurant is  located near the corner of South Padre Island Drive and South Staples Street.

“We are pleased to be adding Aerie and Razzoo’s to our retail and dining mix,” said La Palmera General Manager Amanda Sanchez. “Not only will they provide great new options for our guests, they also provide employment opportunities for our community. For those looking to get back into the work force, many of our tenants currently have positions available, both full-time and part-time, for sales staff, management and more. We maintain current job opportunities on our laplamera.com website under the Connect tab, so applicants can find information for all our tenants in one convenient location.”

Other new La Palmera retailers and services include women’s boutique Rosetta K Fashion, and orthodontic specialists, Smile-Chic, both on the upper level, with new looks for existing tenants Urban Aesthetix, formerly TDK, and a soon-to-be expanded MTV Nails.

 

Retailer set to open late summer 2021; La Palmera welcomes other new businesses

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 12, 2021) – Coastal Bend shoppers will soon have another option for women’s intimate and lifestyle apparel as La Palmera today announced the addition of Aerie to the mall’s retail lineup.

Owned by American Eagle, this will be the first Corpus Christi location for the popular Aerie brand known for its line of women’s bras and underwear, swimwear, lifestyle apparel and more. The 4,000-square-foot store will be located on Center Court between Hollister and Oakley. Construction is set to begin immediately with opening slated for early September of this year.

Meanwhile, shoppers are already seeing other new retailers and services on the mall’s upper level, including women’s boutique Rosetta K Fashion, and orthodontic specialists, Smile-Chic. New looks are also in the works for existing tenants including Urban Aesthetix, formerly TDK, providing trendy men’s haircuts and apparel, as well as a soon-to-be expanded MTV Nails.

Construction also continues on Razzoo’s Cajun Kitchen, known for its festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail. Located near the corner of South Padre Island Drive and South Staples St., the new restaurant is scheduled to open fall 2021.

June 26 80s-themed event part of Party Under the Palms series; event includes Kymco Like 50i Scooter giveaway  

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 18, 2021) — La Palmera’s Party Under the Palms celebration continues with “Totally Rad Movie Night” on Saturday, June 26, from 6:30–10 p.m.

The free event kicks off with an 80s-themed party near the La Palmera Cafes food court from 6:30-8 p.m., complete with a DJ, free beer samples from L&F Distributing (guests 21 and up, while supplies last), and an 80s inspired hair show courtesy of Urban Aesthetix, while 361 Mobile Gaming will be in Center Court with a gaming trailer loaded with classic games available for free play. From 8:30–10 p.m., 192 guests, already pre-registered, will catch a special Center Court screening of the Corpus Christi 80s cult classic starring Helen and Christian Slater, presented by C-101.

Movie check-in begins at 7:30 p.m. in Center Court and guests must checked in by 8 p.m. or the reservation will be forfeited with waitlist attendees contacted for seating. Those wanting to get on the waitlist can do so on the Party Under the Palms page at lapalmera.com.

Mall guests and event attendees can register June 26 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Concierge for the chance to win a Kymco Like 50i Scooter, courtesy of Irv Thomas Honda Suzuki Polaris, with the winner announced at 8:15 p.m. in Center Court (must be present to win). Special offers will also be available at select stores and food locations from 6:30–9 p.m., including Doc Popcorn/Dippin’ Dots, Bourbon Street Candy Co., Rosetta K Fashion, Lovisa and Lane Bryant.

The event extends past mall hours so parking between JCPenney and Macy’s off McArdle Street is recommended for more direct access to parking following the event.

REMAINING 2021 PARTY UNDER THE PALMS EVENTS

  • Música and Movie Saturday, July 10, 6:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt Thursday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
  • Oktoberfest Unter den Palmen Thursday, Sept. 16, 6–8 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos Fiesta Thursday, Oct. 21, 6–8 p.m.

For more information on Party Under the Palms, including event pre-registration when required, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

Series of monthly themed public events kicks off in May; normal mall hours return June 1

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 21, 2021) – It’s time to shop, dine and play again as La Palmera prepares to launch a months-long celebration marking the return to normal, including regular mall operating hours.

Party Under the Palms features a free, themed event each month through October, kicking off with “Pachanga” on Thursday, May 27, in the La Palmera Cafes food court from 6–8 p.m.

In addition to live mariachi music, Pachanga guests can participate in a Grito contest for a chance to win a $50 La Palmera Gift Card, pre-register to play Corpus Christi Loteria for a chance to win a $100 La Palmera Gift Card (three games, limited seating), and enjoy cerveza samples from L&F Distributing (guests 21 and up, while supplies last). There will also be special offers at select stores and restaurants for guests to take advantage of throughout the evening.

“Everyone is ready to get back to some semblance of normal again and at La Palmera, that means lots of activities for our guests,” said Amanda Sanchez, La Palmera general manager. “Party Under the Palms is our way of celebrating being able to spend time together once again with fun and uniquely themed events each and every month.

“And although the mall has stayed quite busy since reopening after the temporary pandemic shut down in 2020, we are ready to return to our regular operating hours. It’s full speed ahead from here on out.”

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, mall operating hours will be Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. with mall doors opening at 7 a.m. each day for mall walkers.

PARTY UNDER THE PALMS SCHEDULE

  • Pachanga                                                 Thursday, May 27, 6–8 p.m.
  • Totally Rad Movie Night                   Saturday, June 26, 6:30–­10 p.m.
  • Música and Movie                                Saturday, July 10, 6:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt    Thursday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
  • Oktoberfest Unter den Palmen     Thursday, Sept. 16, 6–8 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos Fiesta                Thursday, Oct. 21, 6–8 p.m.

For more information on Party Under the Palms, including event pre-registration when required, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.

First Corpus Christi location set to open fall 2021

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 29, 2021) – After delays in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction is now set to begin on Razzoo’s Cajun Café at La Palmera.

This will be the first Coastal Bend location for the Dallas-Fort Worth-based restaurant known for its festive casual atmosphere and made-from-scratch Cajun food, including gumbo and gator tail.

The 5,800 square-foot building, which also has an 880-square-foot patio, will be located near the corner of South Padre Island Drive and South Staples St. The new restaurant will feature Razzoo’s signature inviting décor, including neon, bright colors and music that perfectly complements the total Cajun dining experience.

Construction is slated to begin this week and the location will be ready to open in the fall of 2021.

“We’re pleased to be adding Razzoo’s to our already strong lineup of full-service dining options at La Palmera,” said Amanda Sanchez, general manager of La Palmera. “Despite the pandemic, La Palmera has remained a desirable location for retail and dining in the Coastal Bend, and we continue to welcome new businesses.”

Local artist Jason Juranek set to begin new mall artwork

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (March 11, 2021) – La Palmera today announced Corpus Christi artist Jason Juranek as the winner of its recent mural contest. Juranek will receive $500 to create the mural with La Palmera also providing all paint and supplies required for the project.

With work set to begin immediately, Juranek will create his winning entry on a wall approximately 14’ high x 12.5’ wide located in hallway of the mall entrance by LongHorn Steakhouse. The new mural is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. Depicting elements of Coastal Bend culture, Juranek’s winning mural was one of six entries submitted by local artists.

“I chose to use the culture of Corpus Christi as the theme for this mural,” Juranek said. “In the mural, the highlights of Corpus Christi include a view of the downtown bayfront, a local surfer on a wave at the beach, the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum, and even flowers from the botanical gardens. All of the pieces of the collage describe many of the most popular cultural highlights of our city.”

Running Jan. 15–Feb. 8 and open to any Texas resident age 18 and older, the mural contest was designed to provide artists an opportunity to enhance mall-goers’ shopping experience with an eye-catching, inspiring art display. All entries were posted on the La Palmera Facebook page for public viewing and voting, the results of which were included in the mall’s selection process.

“We have many talented artists in our community and were pleased to see all the great entries,” said La Palmera General Manager Amanda Sanchez. “Our wining artist, Jason Juranek, really captures the feel of our community and we look forward to seeing his completed work. With millions of visitors every year, we are the perfect location for local talent to showcase their work and we are happy to continue bringing enriching art and culture to our 1-million square-foot property.”

In addition to serving as the premier shopping and dining destination in Corpus Christi, La Palmera supports the value and impact of local art. Since launching a partnership with K Space Contemporary in March 2018, La Palmera has remained dedicated to showcasing the creative talents of local artists throughout the mall, including the La Palmera Gallery on the Upper Level.

Socially distanced photos available beginning Feb. 18

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Feb. 3, 2021) – Spring is just around the corner and so is the arrival of the Easter Bunny at La Palmera.

Easter is Sunday, April 4, and the Easter Bunny will be available in Center Court to meet boys and girls and pose for socially distanced photos during mall hours. “Safe” Visits with the Easter Bunny, presented by Radiology Associates, are by reservation only this year — no walk-ups — and are available Thursday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, April 3. For safety purposes, there will be a life-size plexiglass photo frame separating the Easter Bunny and his guests.

Reservations are available during mall hours and can be made online at lapalmera.com. Photo packages start at $24.99 with other items available for purchase.

Guests can once again take advantage of “Quiet Time with Bunny” events providing a sensory-friendly environment allowing some one-on-one time for special needs children to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. The events are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28, and March 7, from 9–11 a.m. before mall opening—no fountain, no background music, no crowds—and provide extra visit time for those who may have developmental or physical challenges. Visit lapalmera.com for more information and to reserve a time.

Pet lovers can also get in on the fun with four “Pet Night with the Easter Bunny” events, scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 16 and 18, and March 23 and 25, from 4–7 p.m. All visits are by reservation only and are available online at lapalmera.com. Only dogs and cats are permitted, and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

For more information, go to lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook, or call (361) 991-3755.