This location was originally a flour mill built in 1877 and run by Archibald Gardner and his eleven wives. Today Gardner Village is a quaint, unique and active shopping experience. With a cluster of twenty two retail specialty shops located in restored cabins, houses and buildings adjacent to the Gardner Mill, the village has the feel of historic charm. The old flour mill is listed on the National Historic Register and is now home to Archibald's Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts. At Gardner Village you'll find vintage pioneer architecture, antique fixtures, red brick paths and bridges over a pond. There is a petting zoo and pony rides for children.
Archibald's Restaurant resides in the old flour mill, honoring the pioneer heritage. The most popular dining area is the thirty two foot concrete silo, built to hold 1.2 million pounds of dry wheat from local farms. Based around American dishes, the menu includes favorites like, halibut and chips and fried green tomatoes.
Driving directions to Gardner Village coming from south of West Jordan. Take I-15 Northbound, to 7200 South (Exit 297). Make a left off the exit and head westbound to 700 West. Turn left and head south to 7720 South (Center Street). Make a right and head westbound four blocks to 1100 West. If you are coming from Salt Lake City, take I-15 Southbound, to 7200 South (Exit 297). Make a right off the exit and head westbound to 700 West. Turn left and head south to 7720 South (Center Street). Make a right and head westbound four blocks to 1100 West. The physical address is 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah.
On the grounds you'll find Barnyard Buddies petting zoo and pony rides. Kids can pet the rabbits, pigs, goats, llamas, donkeys and more. Little ones can ride on a pony. Hand-washing stations are available, and Barnyard Buddies is USDA licensed. Open from April 1, through October 31.
Village Shops Hours:
January 2 - February: The shops are open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm.
March 2 - December 30: The hours are extended to 8pm.
The shops are closed Sunday.
There are exceptions for some of the shops and Archibald's restaurant. The restaurant generally stays open later than the shops. Gardner Village has special hours for holidays, and is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Here is an example of the types of shops available at Gardner Village:
The Village Whites Shoppe - linen and lace.
Pine Needles - quilting, cross stitch, and embroidery supplies.
Cottage Retreat Day Spa - massage and body treatments.
Where Friends Wind Up - a knitting and crocheting supply shop.
Upon the Shelf - buy the shelf, or things to put on the shelf.
Just Us Girls - everything you need to put on a tea party and more, gift shop for girls.
Sweet Aftons - homemade fudge, old-fashioned hard to find candies and chocolate.
Sassy Babies - a unique baby boutique that has a play area near the back with child sized table and chairs, a cooking area, a couch and books.
Lorken Food Finery - gourmet food and classes taught by Chefs from around Salt Lake in Lorken's full working kitchen.
Highlite Photography - picture frames, picture gifts, and photography studio.
Anastasia attic -sells vintage looking items and furniture that are reproductions of the 18th century.
Purse-onality - filled with purses for all tastes and everything you need to go in them.
Village Christmas Shoppe - full of ornaments, snow globes, figurines, twinkling lights, and dozens of classic Christmas villages.
Naborhood Bakery - for handmade potpies, chicken-salad sandwich, fresh donuts, pastries, and saucer-sized cookies.
Protea cottage - child tea parties, adult tea parties, 100 teas, and high tea type service.
Georgell Doll Shop - dolls, doll clothes, vintage toys.
One online reviewer said, "This was a fun place to do some shopping, and to get great gift ideas. November 22, 2008 they had a Midnight Madness Sale. Many businesses offered discounts, tax free purchases, and treats. We stopped in almost every shop. They have hand crafted and unique items. Ranging from hair clips, pet collars, awesome fudge and candies, kids things, photo and journaling supplies frames and much, much more.
Looking for hot pink Christmas tree trimmings? Fun rhinestone brooches, or something a little unusual, you may find it here. Prices are average for a craft village. There is one very large shop that used to be a mill. It has several floors, and houses rugs, baskets, photo albums, frames, tons of Christmas tree decorations, and great gifts. When in Utah, and you love to shop, come to this place for a wonderful experience.''
Another reviewer said, "The historic village is a unique atmosphere. The shopping is great, there is a variety of shops and each shop is in a historic building/cabin. The kid's loved the pony rides and duck pond. The events are a blast that caters to that whole family. Archibald's has great food! We enjoyed our time at the village.''