Word on the Street: New indoor kiosks created at River Park, other changes

The problem with kiosks in outdoor malls is that it’s often too sweaty or too rainy to do business there.

So The Shops at River Park created indoor kiosks. The recently created spaces were made by ripping out some hedges and enclosing a portion of the parking garage.

They’re all between 500 to 800 square feet and are up for rent on a month-to-month basis.

One will house the center’s security department. Others could be home to small food businesses or maybe a laundry service, said River Park spokeswoman Tracy Kashian.

“Because we’re an outdoor mall, three months out of the year it’s too hot and three months out of the year it used to rain,” she said. “This is a permanent little niche.”

There was no net loss of parking spaces during the change, she said. The shopping center recently redid part of its parking lot and added spaces that way.

River Park is also still looking for a tenant for the former World Sports Cafe space. Word that the Dog House Grill would move in is a rumor, Kashian said.

The new tenant won’t necessarily be a restaurant. In fact, the kitchen has been ripped out so either a retailer or a restaurant could move in there.

River Park is still accepting suggestions from the public about what should be in that space at

Also at River Park, Teazer World Market is expanding into the space that Chiffonos Bakery left behind. Some of it will be a back room and some will be additional seating.