|The new Facci last weekend|
The new Turf Valley shopping center looks like a real winner for people up there. They attracted a team of local restaurateurs to open locations there -- Facci, Xitomate, Grill 620 and Red Parrot.
They also made windows that open. As I drove past the Facci last weekend, entire walls were open. It looked inviting in the fall weather, and it made the center look like a pedestrian street. Just those windows could change the feel of a place like Maple Lawn or a Columbia village center.
While you're thinking about the west county, think about picking fruit and vegetables at Larriland. Tomatoes are scattered, but they're such fun. Plus, apples are in prime season, and you could make apple butters. But then AnnieRie canned pineapple habanero jelly for her first attempt, so you could do almost anything.