A.C. Now: Shopping

Betsey Johnson? Check. Gucci? Check. Vuitton, Ferragamo and Scoop? Check, check, check. A.C.’s shopping scene is hotter by the minute.


The Walk

Michigan and Atlantic avenues, 609-872-7002; acoutlets.com

What it is: A promenade-esque setup of factory outlets, in most cases thousands of miles from the actual factories. But no matter, you can score a classic Ralph Lauren Polo for under $50, and a size 2T pink one-piece from the Gap Outlet for 12 bucks. Among our favorites: Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic, Coach, Guess, Mikasa H&M and Borders. Parking here can be a challenge.

The Shops at the Walk

Aéropostale
American Eagle Outfitters
Atlantic City Harley Davidson
Auntie Anne’s
Banana Republic Factory Store
Bare Feet Shoes
Bass
Borders Outlet
Brooks Brothers Factory Store
Calvin Klein
Carter’s
Claire’s
Coach Factory Store
Dress Barn/Dress Barn Woman
Ecco
Factory Brand Shoes
Fossil
Gap Outlet
Geoffrey Beene
Guess Factory Store
H&M
Izod
J. Jill
Jockey
Kenneth Cole Outlet Store
Liz Claiborne Outlet
London Fog
Mikasa
Nautica
Nine West Outlet
Osh Kosh
PacSun
Perfumania
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Reebok Outlet
Souvenir Outlet
Sunglass Gallery
Timberland
Tommy Hilfiger Company Store
Ultra Diamonds
Van Heusen
Vitamin World
Wilsons Leather Outlet
Yankee Candle Company

Dining

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Cavo Crepe Cafe
Ruby Tuesday
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Starbucks
Stewart’s Rootbeer
Subway


The Pier at Caesars

Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Avenue, 866-609-PIER; thepieratcaesars.com

What it is: In the olden days, it was the Million Dollar Pier. In the eighties, it was Ocean One Mall. Now it’s the main destination of A.C.’s new generation of high-end shoppers (and eaters). There’s a Gucci. There’s a Louis Vuitton. There’s also windblown sea grass, herringbone flooring, spectacular ocean views up and down the beach, and A.C.’s very own wedding chapel.

The Shops at the Pier at Caesars

A/X Armani Exchange
Art of Shaving
BCBG
Bebe
Betsey Johnson
Brookstone
Burberry
Charles David
Coach
Cole Haan
Dandelion
Finish Line
Gucci
Hugo Boss
Louis Vutton
Lush Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
Steve Madden
Tiffany & Co.
Tommy Bahama
Tourneau
Victoria’s Secret

Dining

Buddakan
Continental
Dubliner
Phillips Seafood
Sonsie
Starbucks
Vino Noir

Entertainment

Game On!
Rumjungle

Coming Soon: The Atlantic Club
Sometime this fall, the Pier’s fourth floor will become the Atlantic Club. This state-of-the-art site for special events—especially weddings—will be A.C.’s fancy take on Vegas’ Little White Wedding Chapel (except with NJ’s 72-hour waiting period). The club’s elegant layout, on-site wedding planner, florist, photographer and webcaster make it super luxe. Its ocean views, however, make it absolutely stunning. Bookings begin January 2007; 609-343-9902.


The Quarter

Tropicana, South Brighton Avenue and Boardwalk, 800-THE-TROP; tropicana.net

What it is: When the Trop opened its palm-treed, Havana-inspired tower, it instituted a bold, if temperate, late-night dress code. All the more reason to wear cut-offs and change into finer threads from Brooks Brothers, The Collection by Tahari, the White House/Black Market, and, for beneath it all, Chez Lingerie. There are cute things to snatch up at Rittenhouse Gift & Home, funky finds at Zephyr Gallery and kiddie pranks at Houdini’s, but if you ask us, the jewel of the Quarter is Bluemercury, the only place you can score T. LeClerc powder, NARS lip gloss and Creed perfume—and a serious mani-pedi—in one fabulous swoop.

The Shops

Barron’s Gentlemen
Bluemercury
Boardwalk Corner Store
Brandeis Jewelers
Brooks Brothers
Caché
Chico’s
The Collection by Tahari
Erwin Pearl Jewelry
The Hat Emporium
Havana Sundries
Jake’s Dog House
James Salt Water Taffy
Landau Jewelers
Magic Masters
Melonie de France
Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store
Panaderia dul Mundo
Perfect Accessories & Leather
Rittenhouse Gift & Home
Salsa Shoes
Spy Shop
Swarovski
Tinder Box/Vino 100
Tropicana Casino Market
Tropicana Lobby Market
White House/Black Market
Zephyr Gallery
Zeytinia Gourmet Food & Marketplace
Zinman Jewelers

The Borgata

1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000; the borgata.com

What it is: The Borgata’s boutiques dot the hallway between self-park and the casino floor. Here, find the spa-casino’s own ambient CD, hot shorts printed with “Go To Your Happy Place,” art glass, little black dresses, that famous calendar of Babes, and, in Bernie Robbins-owned Borgata Jewels, shiny happy watches by Jacob the Jeweler and Judith Leiber’s glittery clutches.

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