By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Originally developed by the Fletcher family in the mid-'70s, Flower Hill Promenade continues to be a top destination for premiere dining and shopping. Its dozens of trendy boutiques, galleries, specialty shops and eateries have earned it a steady following for nearly 35 years, although most recently, the new Farmers’ Market has begun to draw even more folks. Every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., foodies flock to the Promenade for unique finds, such as orange and whiskey marmalade, or avocado-honey. There is also locally-made pastas, pastries and breads — and, of course, plenty of fresh flowers, nuts, meats, herbs, fruit and veggies from nearby farms and ranches. Patrons can also shop while enjoying live music, which typically gets started by around 10 a.m. A portion of every Farmers’ Market also benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that helps those with physical disabilities across the nation pursue physical activity. Also, on April 30, students from the Carmel Valley Middle School Kids Korps chapter will be holding a fundraising event for the people of Japan at the Farmers’ Market.
The Farmers’ Market isn’t the only new addition to Flower Hill Promenade. A few new tenants recently joined the lineup, including: Bon Bon’s Girly Boutique, which offers creative costume jewelry, such as conversation-piece pendants, bracelets, rings, charms, and lockets; the Gallery of Chinese Cultural Arts, which features high-end collectibles; and Mas Boutique, which carries unique clothing, handbags, hats, shoes, and accessories.
This summer, Coconut Lime will begin selling contemporary patio furniture and swimwear in the space formerly occupied by Dig Home & Garden. Dallmann Confections will also open up a shop inside Pannikin Coffee & Tea. The local chocolatier will offer gourmet flavors, including cayenne and passion fruit bon bons, peanut butter and raspberry jam bon bons, and Modena balsamic vinegar and strawberry bon bons. Dallmann Confections will also offer a tasting series and candy-making classes for serious chocolate aficionados.
Flower Hill Promenade will hold a free Easter egg hunt slated for Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time children are invited to make their way from shop to shop, snatching up goodies along the way.
Flower Hill Promenade is located at 2720 Via De La Valle. For more information, please visit