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Does Outlet Shopping Make You Stand Up and Cheer? We Know We Do!!

Ah, premium shopping outlets, how we love thee…and who wouldn’t? Great brands, low prices, all in ONE location! We’re having trouble finding one downfall, let alone containing our excitement about the brand new Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, NJ. What’s the best thing about this new shopping conglomeration, you ask? The fact that it’s only a 15-minute drive from Woodland Village, of course!

We’ve decided to dedicate this month’s blog to some of our favorite stores at the Gloucester Premium Outlets. Honestly, the hardest part was choosing which ones to talk about, because with over 70 to choose from (and all of them great!) the discussions could get a little heated. But, in the end, we are proud of the list we’ve come up with, and excited to share it with you!

Old Navy Outlet – When it comes to dressing your family in the latest fashions at affordable prices, Old Navy already tops the list. Their low-priced, high-valued clothing makes back-to-school shopping that much more enjoyable – especially when we can grab a couple items for ourselves while the kids try theirs on. Add on the incredible deals that can be found at their outlet locations, and “back-to-school” shopping may become a monthly event!

New York & Company Outlets – When it comes to finding that perfect interview ensemble or go-to power outfit for client meetings and major presentations, women everywhere turn to New York & Company. Their outlet not only makes their modern, wear-to-work collections more accessible, but way more affordable – allowing us to get even more for our money while we make lasting impressions at the office.

Brooks Brothers Factory Store – The outlet’s office offerings are not limited to women, when men need a place to turn for suits and business casual attire that oozes confidence and respectability, they turn to Brooks Brothers. This label is renowned for their classic shirts, suits and sportswear, and their outlets have earned their reputation for fair prices and choice selections.

Carter’s – Not leaving out the smallest members of the family, we don’t know one parent who doesn’t love shopping at Carters. The only caveat to this outlet store: try not to buy so much that your baby will grow out of the clothes before they get through their new wardrobe!

Nike Factory Store – When not at home or at the office, many of us can be found taking care of business in the gym or on the trails -it’s the main reason we opened a sports court at the complex and installed new soccer goals. Whether we’re playing ball with our families, fetch in the Woodland Village dog park, or strolling with our significant others through the beautiful grounds, we need the right shoes and apparel for the job. With their reputation for excellence and ability to customize shoes, Nike is our go-to retailer, especially when you factor in outlet prices.

Did we miss your favorite? Share it with us and tell us why you love it – we’re always up for a shopping trip to check it out. And, with our apartments located in nearby Voorhees, NJ, feel free to respond several times with different suggestions!


Enjoy the Last Month of Summer at These Local Events

While the hot days are upon us, the summer holidays are behind us and the end of vacation season is staring us in the face. It’s time to grab fun by the horns and squeeze out all the adventures possible before the cool winds blow in and send us running to our blankets and heaters. At Woodland Village Apartments, we know how fleeting the best weather can be and how important it is to get out and enjoy it. That’s why we have compiled a list of upcoming local events that will have you enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of summer, as well as the ever-treasured warmth.

Stroll through the FREE Lindenwold Classic Car Show & Concert on August 7, 2015. Starting at 6pm, classic car enthusiasts, fans of classic engineering and parents looking for an interesting way to teach children about the “good ol’ days” can take a relaxing stroll through Lindenwold Park and admire the ingenuity and majesty of the automotive industry. Then, starting at 8pm, settle down to enjoy a free concert featuring Shirley Alston Reeves, the original lead singer of the Shirelles, to further transport you and your family into the past.

The Annual Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park & Marina. Visit the Camden Waterfront at 8pm for free summer concerts along the promenade. These events have been taking place twice each month this summer, but don’t fret – you still have time to catch Carol Riddick and special guests David P. Stevens and Andrew Neu on August 10, and Tizer featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs and Eric Marienthal on August 24.

Join the Camden County Environmental Educator at the Environmental Center (1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill) for a Cooper River Walk to identify summer wildflowers from July 20 to August 24. This events present the perfect opportunity to stop and smell the flowers, teach the kids (and yourselves) about the local environment, and get some exercise! Call 856-833-1469 to register, or for more information.

Enjoy the colors and bombastic sounds of extravagant firework displays every Saturday night at the Camden Riversharks Baseball Stadium. Revel in a great game, let the kids stretch their legs at the fit & fun zone or rock wall, take a spin around the carousel and then sit back for some genuine “oohs and ahhs” at a more than affordable rate.

Finish the summer strong with a dive into history at the James & Ann Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County. Open from April to October, once a month the park holds a Heritage Sunday that includes hearth cooking demonstrations, battlefield tours, rotating topics on special themes and hands on activities for the whole family. Call 856-853-5120 for dates and times.

Relaxing in your cozy Cherry Hill, NJ, apartment is always more enjoyable after a sun- and fun-filled day out and about. So, get the memories started and let the good times roll. If you have any suggestions that we’ve missed, feel free to share them with us – we’re always looking for great fun close to home!

Posted: August 2015


 

Summer Family Fun near Woodland Village Apartments

Kids look forward to summer more than anything else, except maybe Christmas. And who can blame them – warm weather, outdoor fun, no school – what more could you possibly ask for? Adults everywhere know that, if given the opportunity, we’d jump on the chance to take 3 months off for nothing but laziness and indulgence! Unfortunately, the work whistle beckons and we must report to the office, warehouse, restaurant or whatever location that supplies our paychecks. That is, for 40 hours of our week – other than that, go wild, live free and show your kids a great time this vacation season! Need some inspiration for your summertime celebrations? Look no further, we’re here to help.

Woodland Village Apartments are conveniently located near a plethora of entertainment options. Whether your kids are small, tall or in your imagination (as the fun is really just for you), we’ve got the best options for you to choose from that are just a short drive away. Choose one, choose 3, choose all – just have some fun and enjoy this break from cold weather and snow shovels!

Located in West Berlin, NJ, this facility is a treasure trove of fun! Stretching over 68,000 square feet of land, with 90% of that under a retractable roofing system, this park offers high-quality and high-value family fun year-round. The park features numerous water attractions and slides, the infamous FlowRider surfing simulator, an arcade with the newest gaming systems and the first construction theme park in the U.S. (Diggerland USA)! With their Special Needs Events for families and individuals with special needs, there’s something for everyone and nonstop fun!

If you have younger children, 10 years old and younger, you’ll get a kick out of this museum, located in Cherry Hill, NJ. With areas designed specifically for infants or children up to 10 years of age, the Garden State Children’s Museum provides hands-on fun that is powered by the kids themselves. From birthday parties to music festivals and gourmet food trucks, your summer event calendar won’t have an empty slot. You can even rent the museum for a private after-hours party for adults and kids alike!

Go-karts, indoor and outdoor rides, an arcade, bowling, mini golf, laser tag and bumper boats. Enough said. We could go on, but why bother – we’ve already got you hooked. So head down to Mount Laurel with your kids this weekend; you can thank us when you get home.

For those of us with a more theatrical family, the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ, is the perfect summer retreat. They offer a summer theatre camp for kids, shows specifically targeted to young children and a large variety adult favorites and newbies. Whether your family is full of theatre aficionados or aspiring actors, this is the place to be!

Located in Pitman, NJ, this is THE place for the sporty members of your family. Whether you have a young daughter who loves soccer, a son fascinated with flag football, a significant other in need of a basketball escape or you can’t get enough time on the field for field hockey, Total Turf Experience can meet your needs and offer you so much more. No need to worry about a family of lethargic TV watchers when you have this amazing option just a short drive away!

If a member of your family’s interests revolve around the furry and feathered variety of entertainment, then you should head down to Paws Farm soon. Located in Mount Laurel, NJ, this cute farm offers educational exhibits and programs centered on their more than 80 animals and birds. Their interactive exhibits are a great learning experience for young children who want to have fun while discovering new information about their local history and the environment.

Why are you still sitting there reading this blog? Get off the computer and out the door! Oh, and have fun!

Posted: June 2015


Want a Special Night Out in Voorhees? Here Are Our 3 Favorite Restaurants!

We wanted our first blog to be momentous, so, as self-proclaimed foodies, we knew it had to be about one of our favorite topics: Going Out to Eat! We love to get out and experience new flavors and textures as often as possible, so we’ve tested out every restaurant located in our fair city of Lindenwold, NJ, as well as nearby Voorhees and Gloucester Townships and Philadelphia, PA. We decided to start out with Voorhees, NJ, because it happens to have 3 of our favorite restaurants, period, but also because it’s close enough for last-minute date ideas, late-night dinners after a stressful and long day at work, and quick trips for meals with unexpected, but welcomed, company.

Without further ado, here are the best eateries that Voorhees has to offer:

Ristorante Fieni’s

Located in a house on South Burnt Mill Road, instead of a cookie-cutter restaurant locale, Ristorante Fieni’s prepares classic northern Italian recipes that have been passed down throughout generations. Cooked with a daring twist, the meals bring to mind the unique taste of a homemade meal without the pretentious atmosphere that most fine dining Italian restaurants are known for. Whether you’re planning a romantic date or a celebratory dinner with family, this BYOB is the place to go for delicious food, outstanding service and reasonable prices.

El Mariachi San Lucas

You can’t get Mexican food this authentic unless you travel to Mexico. El Mariachi San Lucas creates deliciously unique meals using family recipes that have been perfected throughout generations. The food is prepared daily, from scratch, using the freshest local ingredients available. Their sumptuous appetizers leave you craving more, their flavorful and stimulating entrees transport you to exotic locales south of our country’s border, and their decadent desserts leave you fully satisfied, but wishing you had room for seconds. El Mariachi San Lucas is a restaurant built on traditions; maybe it’s time you started one of your own and made this eatery a regular in your meal rotation.

Elena Wu Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Situated in the Voorhees Town Center, Elena Wu Restaurant & Sushi Bar guarantees a fantastic atmosphere, unsurpassed friendly service, and food that will create a symphony in your mouth. It’s not often that we close our eyes in pure enjoyment over a bite of food, but the sushi here deserves a moment of celebration. Lucky for the patrons who choose to enter this amazing BYOB, the delectable offerings do not stop at the sushi – every meal is prepared and cooked to perfection. Specializing in a fusion of Chinese and French cuisines, as well as the ingenious sushi creations, Elena Wu Restaurant & Sushi Bar presents a dining experience you are sure to remember. Bring your significant other, bring the kids, bring you friends and entire family – everyone should have the chance to eat here.

Want more ideas on where you can go in and around Lindenwold, NJ? Keep an eye out for our monthly blog. At Woodland Village Apartments, we offer more than just a beautiful residential complex, we’re neighbors, and we’re here to make sure you feel as at home as we do!