South Hill Puyallup
Shopping with a View While Puyallup’s downtown is rooted firmly in the rich soil and history of the Puyallup River valley, its southward expansion has carried it up from the valley to the heights of South Hill.
Situated above Puyallup, visitors and residents enjoy the flourishing commerce of South Hill Mall at the crest of the hill. Numerous stores and pocket shopping centers continue beyond the mall and flank Meridian Ave along its southern course. But the flourishing suburb is also a welcoming home to many in the apartment complexes and single-familyhome developments that expand Puyallup’s boundaries toward the Cascade foothills. While the mall is a dominant element of South Hill – in more than just name – it is not the whole of the community. Proceed farther south on Meridian or to the east and west of the busy thoroughfare that connects northern Puyallup, to downtown and South Hill, to discover that it is home to many great community gathering places.
There is the calm beauty of Bradley Lake Park, with its fishing areas, walking trails, covered picnic area, two youth ball fields and an inclusive playground.
Or the physical activity that thrives on the expansive playfields of Heritage Recreation Center and on the walking trail that connects the center with South Hill Community Park.
Or the unexpected silhouette of the leaping deer on the roadside sign near the forested campus of Pierce College Puyallup that abruptly reminds visitors of what South Hill was, still is, and that it continues to claim a piece of the future.
And finally, everyone who visits South Hill can appreciate the majestic views of Mount Rainier. The iconic mountain serves as a scenic backdrop for the thriving hill top community and connects it to the valley below.
Downtown Puyallup is a great place to spend the day wandering in and out of friendly shops. Start the day with a greeting at Anthem Coffee & Tea near Pioneer Park and Puyallup’s town center. If you venture north on Meridian, you will find a wonderful Cheese Shop, interior design store, salons, a variety of consignment and vintage clothing shops, jewelry, and a thriving antique district. If you find yourself getting hungry after a few hours of retail therapy, downtown Puyallup has many options for local wines, microbrews, appetizers happy hours and meals. If you have questions about downtown events, stop in at the Puyallup Main Street Association office near city hall and ask for more information about the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from April through October and all the other annual events that take place year round.
Downtown Sumner is the perfect place to spend the day for a shopping get-away. You can start your day with a delicious espresso at Craft. 19 and then meander down Main Street as you peruse the quality boutiques for clothing, jewelry, home décor and more. Mid day is perfect for a respite at one of the downtown cafes who take pride in serving an excellent slice of rhubarb pie in honor of Sumner’s title of Rhubarb Pie Capital. There are also many annual events that take place on Main Street so a trip to the Sumner Downtown Association for more information is just a few steps off Main.
Puyallup’s So. Hill boasts a regional shopping mall with popular anchor stores for your personal and family needs. You’ll also find unique home and fashion stores that are trendy and all the rage for all ages. Convenient access from the freeway and major highways, So. Hill Mall is a popular stop for locals and visitors alike. And with an indoor food court and more than a half dozen independent restaurants bordering the property, the area a favorite for everyone.
Conveniently located midway between So. Hill and Graham on Highway 161 (Meridian), Sunrise Village is a popular retail mecca for residents and visitors on their way to Mt. Rainier. With a well known local sports bar, sushi restaurant and a convenient froyo location, business is booming. It’s also becoming an emerging event destination with fun holiday activities like trunk or treat, car shows, wine walks and more. Be sure to stop in if you’re in the area.
Puyallup is well known for its thriving Antique District. It includes several large antique malls with thousands of square feet of displays and hundreds of independent vendors featuring a impressive variety of items from country and primitive to fine art, glass and pottery. Whether you’re looking for that perfect retro item for your home, vintage toys for your personal collection, a stylish piece of costume or estate jewelry or local vintage clothing options, Puyallup’s Antique District makes for a fun day of exploring.