I love the variety of stores at U-Village. I now work there, but even before that I loved shopping at U-Village. They have the big names (Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, etc) and some of the smaller guys (Zovo Lingere, Lucy, etc.). Many of the stores are well above my price limit, but it's still fun to window shop.
My suggestion is to utilize the parking garage. Parking at the Village is always nuts, so save yourself the headache and just park in the garage. There's always a spot.