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Town Center: hometown downtown

By April 16, 2012

The Mansour Company’s Town Center is Village Life readers’ favorite El Dorado Hills shopping center.

The sprawling European “lifestyle center” is located south of Highway 50, and is not only the oldest and largest retail complex in El Dorado Hills, it has also become the face of a community which according to the most recent census is now home to over 42,000 people, most of whom arrived since 2000, and consider Town Center their hometown downtown.

El Dorado Hills’ families have grown increasingly comfortable in their downtown, thanks in large part to the great shopping and restaurants. They’ve also learned to enjoy the lake and surrounding patios and walkways where much of Town Center’s magic happens.

Santa’s annual lighting of the Christmas tree has become an El Dorado Hills family tradition. An estimated 20,000 people crowded into Town Center for the Fourth of July Fireworks Jubilee last year. Each Halloween the haunted house frightens thousands more. The patios host free concerts all summer long, with art, wine or charity events every weekend.

Marketing Director Natalie Buerki is responsible for all the above, and said the slate of Town Center community activities grows in number and size each year.

This year she’s added “Showcase Saturdays,” where local businesses strut their stuff on the boulevard the fourth Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., handing out samples and greeting the community. Food, libations and live music are all in the mix.

Mansour and his new partner Kevin Nagle continue to expand a Town Center restaurant and retail lineup that contains some of the area’s best and brightest, like Sacramento Celebrity Chef Randall Selland’s Market Café, which opened to great reviews in January.

It’s all part of Tony Mansour’ oft-repeated promise to make Town Center “a place where El Dorado Hills gathers.”

In the process, he’s also turned Town Center into a regional destination for tourists, shoppers and diners.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 1 comment

  • Julissa JimenezMay 26, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    I went to the Showcase Saturday after reading about it in this article. I thought it was a really good event considering how new it is. gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.



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