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Going beyond retail

Going beyond retail

At night, Estancia Mall becomes the perfect place for employes to unwind and for families to bond.

Once upon a time, malls were just synonymous with shopping centers.

Back then, you only visit the mall to purchase items or to look around. Nowadays though, malls have become more holistic venues. To survive in the era of e-commerce, many malls today offer entertainment, relaxation and services apart from shopping. While the malls of yesterday aimed to speed up transactions to serve as many customers as possible, modern malls focus on making people linger within their vicinities.


Beyond retail, malls today offer unique experiences through a diverse range of activities, enabling them to stand out and ensure their longevity. One mall in the Philippines, in particular, serves as a good example of a mall that has redefined its purpose.


The Estancia Mall in Capital Commons has proven to be an exciting place where variety has become the name of the game. Using Estancia’s offerings as our primary examples, here are some of the most unique things you can do in malls today.

Going beyond retail

More than a shopping center, malls today cater to a wide array of activities.

Hone your hobbies


From plant enthusiasts to soap makers, everyone has a place in a modern mall. Workshops are now offered in atriums and function areas. Sometimes offered for free, these sessions allow enthusiasts to gather with like-minded people and learn more about their passions.

Estancia Mall offered workshops in time capsule necklace making, air plant terrarium making and portrait painting. While these activities catered to a particular market, the variety of topics ensure that everyone can find his or her interest here.

Work out

While gyms are not traditionally located inside shopping centers, malls today are home to a variety of fitness centers. These allow us to keep up with our exercise regimens all while enjoying bonding time with our friends and family.

From yoga centers to Pilates studios, you can expect to find different activities in malls today that cater to fitness buffs. Even the environment of the malls themselves encourage healthy bouts of walking. Estancia Mall, in particular, offers over 30,000 sqm of walkable space and a new fitness center that offers high-intensity exercises.

Going beyond retail

The mall now caters to your furry friends.

Bond with pets

Recognizing our need to keep an eye on our furry friends, many malls today allow pets in their vicinities. This opportunity allows us to enjoy the area more with our little cats and dogs in tow. While not all establishments are meant to cater to animals, the fact that most areas in the mall are pet-friendly encourage visitors of all shapes and sizes.

Many food and beverage shops in Estancia Mall offer al-fresco dining to allow you to dine in the company of your fur babies. The outdoor areas of the center also provide a pleasant walking experience for your leashed companions.

Now, you can enjoy the mall’s unique activities together with your beloved pets.

Go on a food trip

While malls traditionally offer a wide selection of food and beverage shops, modern malls take it a notch up by turning dining into memorable encounters. By offering seasonal promotions, food trucks and pop-up shops, you can be sure to enjoy every time you eat out in the mall.

Estancia Mall, in particular, offers a wide range of food choices to satisfy any craving. From Tex-Mex to dimsum, you can try out a variety of cuisines in just one visit. Coupled with some food trucks and surprise promos, there’s nothing to keep your tummy from getting its best fill yet.

Going beyond retail

The Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons offer unique experiences beyond retail.

Work and enjoy

While most people enjoy the mall during weekends, there are those who thrive in these surroundings during their work hours. To establish a captured market and ensure convenience, many malls today have partnered with companies to provide employees a vibrant environment.

Situated in Capital Commons, Estancia Mall is close to several offices of business process outsourcing companies in Pasig. It serves as the perfect place for employees to take their lunch break, buy their essentials and unwind after office. With several residences in the vicinity as well, the area has everything the typical employee would need to live and thrive.

Bond with families

Many malls cater to activities that are essential in Filipino culture such as the celebration of the religious Mass, which has become the main activity for many families during Sundays. Other activities, meanwhile, occur in line with specific holidays. Examples of these are trick-or-treat sessions during Halloween and Christmas shopping during December.

In Estancia Mall, you can celebrate these activities and more with your loved ones. By offering a place which caters to all your needs and activities, you can spend the whole day in the area while still meeting your obligations to your family and to your community.

Going beyond retail

Estancia Mall is close to several offices of business process outsourcing companies in Pasig.

With the challenges brought about by online shopping and discount centers, malls today have to consistently offer the activities that people do to keep the customers coming.

This has brought about a complete evolution of the commercial space. Going beyond retail, malls today serve the purpose of encouraging culture, celebrating milestones and honing passions. With Estancia embodying this modern prototype of malls, you can be sure that there is always a place in the metro where you can live your life to the fullest.

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