A village can be described as a small community with a clustered population that is up to no more than a few tens of thousands. There are normally a few activities available in the community, and it was originally used to denote inhabitants of rural areas. In recent times the terminology has been used applied to urban areas to depict the benefits and harmony that come from living in smaller communities, as opposed to the isolation that can be prevalent in urban areas. As far as shopping is concerned, do not expect to find the large chain department stores in a shopping village, as it is anathema, and goes against the grain of the concept of a shopping village.
In a typical shopping village you may find a collection of outlets of the larger department stores, but the cozy village atmosphere is used to create the communal atmosphere. Your are more than likely to find an eclectic mix of privately owned stores, along with family owned services such as restaurants, and coffee shops, or snack bars. A large number of the facilities within the shopping village may be dedicated to communal activities, however despite being close-knit; there are still very little signs of exclusivity.
Although the scale of commercial activity is limited, your are sure to find classic boutiques in almost every shopping village. The boutique offer specials merchandise to select client and it is this aspect that creates interesting mix of shopping experiences. There will be limited opportunities for one-stop shopping, and visitors will need to visit different types of stores for different items.
The villages can be located almost anywhere. You may find them in rural areas, but current city planning methods now point to the development of villages that cater to shoppers, on the outskirts or border of larger metropolitan areas. Although shopping may appear to be the main attraction, you may also find attractions, and it is close to the metropolitan area, you may also find some nightlife. You can also have access to the nightlife with short travel to nearby urban areas.
With close proximity to nearby metropolitan areas, the village is easily accessible to local residents, as well as those who may be interested in shopping trips. Without the infrastructure for heavy industrialization, which is not needed in rural areas, visitors will find lower cost operations such as Antique shops that seem to be a perfect fit for the surroundings. Antique collectors; appear to enjoy the experience involved in collecting pieces in less-traveled places.
No village is complete without a favorite family owned restaurant, where the owner may also be the chef, whom you can get to know personally. You can have meals prepared just as you like it. It is almost as having your own personal chef.
Craft shops and bake shops are popular outlets in many villages, as well as shops that offer personally crafted care products, such as soap and lotions. The lure of the shopping village, is that shoppers can readily receive personalized attention and services as there is less need for mass production or quicker turnover.