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East End Shopping District - Godwin's Hollow
The East End Shopping District runs along - you guessed it - Main Street East in Godwin's Hollow. While several of the businesses in this district have been part of Godwin's Hollow for years it is also home to some new trendy shops. There's lots to see and do in this part of town so stop by any time.
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We'll start of the far western end of the district with Chili's on the east bank of the North Side Lake. In all honesty Chili's and the TV2 News Station are technically on Main Street proper and not Main Street East but everyone in town still lumps them into the district. You may recognize that the Chili's is not their typical facade but the more elegant design of Mr. Brian Lyles over at Brick City Depot. When Chili's opened up in Godwin's Hollow they wanted the front of the restaurant to really pop and called upon the BCD design team to give them the curb appeal they were looking for.


Here's a bit wider shot where you can see most of the TV2 studio, the bank side of the street, and in the back is the local book and record stores...


Across the street and right next door to Godwin's Hollow City Hall are the Law Offices of Pearcy, Luney, & Stewart. Don't mind that you can't really see city hall - it's just the camera angle and lighting playing tricks. Anyways, next to Godwin's Hollow's only law office is the local branch of the First National Bank & Trust. It seems like one of the bank employees may have noticed something suspicious and has alerted local law enforcement.


Rounding out the side street that FNB straddles is the local Chik-Fil-A and the Anita G Dance Studio. Word on the street is that she's just renewed with Bravo for her third season of 'Mambo Mamas'. We shall see.


The back side of this stretch of the district. It opens up into what will eventually be Central Park. The city has planned some very nice things for the area - walking paths, a fountain, lots of green and lots of color, maybe even a small bridge over the stream from North Side Lake.


A tall shot of the bank. Looks like the GHPD are already on the scene before the bank robbers even got inside. Hard workin' folks over there at GHPD. Looks like we need to get the street sweeper over this way though. We had a really nasty three day sand storm over here late last week and unfortunately the room where Godwin's Hollow live seems to have a leak in it somewhere - there was sand everywhere.


Here we can look down over the rest of the East End Shopping District from atop the Chik-Fil-A. There's a good shot of the East End Bookstore & Coffee Shop, and the back side shops - L, Stewart's, Star Shoes, and Ursus. Right up front an in all the pink is the Bubblegum Beauty Salon.


Here's a nice shot of the south side of Main Street East. There's the Bubblegum Beauty Salon again, right next door to the local pet store. One of our favorite places in town is next - the Main Street Cinema. I guess technically it should be the Main Street East Cinema but we'll let 'em get buy with that one. Word has it they're showing an encore performance of Star Wars (sorry, Star Wars, Episode 4, A New Hope)! At the end of the street is Mercy General Hospital and you can just barely make out the Wendy's down there all the way at the end.


Turning our gaze (and our cameras) back to the Northeast we can see the East End Bookstore & Coffee Shop as well as Round Again Records and Bananas. The locals have whittled the bookstore down to simply the B&C. The structure has been part of town for quite some time now but it recently got a face lift and some new paint. The coffee shop on the top floor was also gutted and renovated and is quite the hang out now. Round Again Records is the only place in town for the vinyl enthusiast. They really work hard to maintain a respectable collection in the store as well as get some newer releases when they're available. Getting new stuff on vinyl is not the easiest thing to get done. In an ironic juxtaposition, right next to the record store is Bananas. Home to the smallest MP3 players in Godwin's Hollow along with a whole host of very well designed (but in my opinion) over-hyped electronics. Of course, if you have to have your gadgets this is the place to go.


A lone mime with no audience. I'm sure there's a 'if a tree falls in the woods' line in there somewhere...


Across the way is the rest of the East End Shopping District. From left to right you've got the L Art Gallery & Studios, Stewart's Hardware, Star Shoes, and Ursus. I'm sure those Lego design buffs out there will recognize that the facades of Round Again, Bananas, Star Shoes, and Ursus are the work of famed designer LG Orlando. His firm was called upon by many local businesses. L is the place to be for something other than 'pop' culture. Currently there's an exhibition of local artists' work that is doing quite well. Right next door to the gallery is Stewart's Hardware. Stewart's has been in town since you went there to buy horse shoes for something other than throwing around your back yard. Today you can find any number of modern tools and other equipment, building materials, and even a new gas grill for the house. Star Shoes is next in the line up and the only place in town to find really high end athletic shoes. I'm sure if we had a NBA team in town they would all shop here. Finally rounding out the row of businesses is Ursus. Trendy, hip, and believe it or not - not too pricey. Check it out sometime - lots of hot new looks for the discerning minifig.


Between the two sides of the district you can see the freshly leveled lot. This will soon be home to a new five star hotel. The developers are keeping the details under wraps so there's not much news about it yet. I'm not entirely sure but either someone just tripped in the middle of the road or we've just witnessed a hit and run.


A tall shot of the east side of the district. Mercy General is off in the distance.


Looking south across Main Street East you can see the cinema and the hospital. Around the corner you can just make out Wendy's, Taco Bell and the GHFD.


We're at the far end of the district here. On the southeast corner facing northwest. You can see the back ends of Ursus, Star Shoes, and Stewart's. L is back there, just blocked by Stewart's. Across the way you can make out the B&C, Round Again, Bananas, and even the TV2 tower.


Behind the shopping district a new high rise condo building is being planned. Right now the construction crews are just working the beginnings of the project - earth moving, grading, etc. Apparently, who ever programs the digital signs has a bit of a sense of humor...



Comments

 I made it 
  August 8, 2012
Erick, Thanks for the comments - we really appreciate feedback from other LEGO fans. As far as adding in more vehicles and people - we've got them but just add in a few here and there for these shots while the area is incomplete. We hope to begin work on the hotel and construction site shortly. That will basically round out this side of the street. City Hall and Central Park are in works now. After that all that will be lacking from Main Street proper will be the elevated train station. Then all that remains of Main Street West will be the final additions to Lockridge Farms down on the far end. All in all we'd love to have Main Street completely fleshed out by the end of the year. Once that's done I'm sure the good citizens of Godwin's Hollow will come out in droves.
Quoting Erick Sanchez it looks great! i wish my real life town had a good shoping district like this one but dont you think you should get more cars and pedestrians? because for a nice town like this one it looks very empty
  August 8, 2012
it looks great! i wish my real life town had a good shoping district like this one but dont you think you should get more cars and pedestrians? because for a nice town like this one it looks very empty
 I made it 
  June 11, 2012
Thanks! I know, I've been working on trying to get some better 'whole city' shots but until I can affix myself to the ceiling I'm not sure how I'm going to get a good one. For the time being you can check out what we've been able to piece together here: http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/149989
Quoting Brian Lyles looking good so far. I hope to see an overall shot of the whole layout next time.
 I like it 
  June 11, 2012
looking good so far. I hope to see an overall shot of the whole layout next time.
 
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