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Forget retail therapy: Welcome to the heyday of retail rejuvenation

A global trend is causing stores to discover new ways to enrich people’s lives, not just fill their shopping bags.

Call it a retail renaissance: Shopping destinations are flipping the script and shifting their perspective to focus more on what shoppers do, not what they buy.

From instructor-led outdoor fitness classes to craft beer pop-ups, shopping is no longer the goal. It’s the amenity. Grocery errands sit sidecar to enjoying a meal during a live music moment. Buying a new workout outfit falls right in line with an actual exercise class. At these modern day all-encompassing locations, you can happily do it all in one place.

One local development company’s property is leaving its own legacy as the place for it all. Anticipating its tenth anniversary, Legacy Place in Dedham has redefined what it means to have a shopping “experience.”

“If you are looking for somewhere special, this is it. Meet your friends for that foodie craving, bring the family (pup included) for some genuine fun, or take a few hours just for yourself to sweat it out at one of our great fitness studios. Legacy Place is all you need in a few blocks because, after all, who say’s you can’t have it all?” says Jessica Reed, marketing director of Legacy Place regarding the shift within the new retail environment.

A contemporary twist on retail, this spacious 675,000-square-foot outdoor layout sets itself apart from anything in the local market. Step foot into the open-air center and you might do a double take. Yoga on the lawn? Pets on parade? Story time for kids?

Evolving from its launch a decade ago, Legacy Place now boasts a new kind of energy quite different from other retail destinations. You can hang out, work out, dine out, and, oh yes, shop.

With an increasing number of people placing value on time and memories over tangible items and merchandise, Legacy Place is supercharging their experiences with a refreshed look at how to plan and enjoy your time there. Things you need to do (read: holiday gift shopping and groceries) mix nicely with things you want to do, like enjoy a wine dinner and sweat at an outdoor workout. After all, the two shouldn’t always be mutually exclusive.

A far cry from the generic placards of yesterday’s shopping centers, even the décor within today’s modern retail complexes has become increasingly entertaining. More attention is now being placed on things, such as landscaping and artwork. An example is Legacy Place’s colorful murals throughout its space that were hand-painted exclusively for the location. Messages of “enjoy where you are” and “this must be the place” are positive reminders of this renewed and energetic vibe. It even boasts architecture that captures the essence of a city shopping district.

Whether you show up for an hour or enjoy an entire day-to-night experience, Legacy Place puts the “urban” in suburban by creating its own complete neighborhood. Value-added elements (think scheduled classes, pop-up events, and get-togethers) are offered so community members not only acquaint themselves with new experiences but also each other. Every member of the family, including furry friends, can feel the buzz of being connected to the community. This is the place to share quality time, not just scarf down a generic meal at an over-crowded food court.

As an open-air destination, you can spend as much time outside as you want at Legacy Place. Experiences on the pop-up lawn allow you to take in some sunshine while it lasts, while sights are set on a more permanent lawn space in the works for year-round fun.

Get the kids involved with Weekly Wednesday family events, including music classes, story time, stroller boot camps, and Mommy & Me yoga; or keep it adults-only with a GNO fashion show or nights at Muse Paintbar. When date night is on the books, there’s Harvest Fest or the fourth annual Taste of Legacy Place, a fete that shares the locale’s dining options with tasty samples and music. Even pets enjoy time in the spotlight at Legacy Place, with events like Yappy Hour Barktoberfest and Santa Paws.

The atmosphere of shoppable entertainment also lends itself to instant gratification, where consumers can seamlessly transition from one experience to the next. Can’t wait to wear that new lululemon gear? You don’t have to. Test out your new purchase during high-energy cycling at Peloton or SoulCycle, a Pure Barre class, yoga at Stil Studio, or during Tone it Tuesdays classes on the lawn. Finish up with a healthy grab-and-go dish from sweetgreen or Whole Foods, and then relax during a live music concert on the lawn.

Whether it’s a day hanging with friends, an evening out with your significant other, or some much-needed you-time, it’s destinations like Legacy Place that make it possible to enjoy it all.

This content was produced by Boston Globe Media's Studio/B in collaboration with the advertiser. The news and editorial departments of The Boston Globe had no role in its production or display.