7 Tips for Shopping Europe’s Best Markets‏

August 29, 2014 on 10:10 am | In Europe, Shopping | Comments Off



Paris—The most colorful shopping in Europe is found at its open-air markets. From London’s Portobello market, where you can find everything from antiques to fresh produce and clothing; to La Boqueria in Barcelona, known for its seafood and produce; the outdoor markets of Europe offer fun shopping experiences to locals and tourists alike.

Visitors should remember some things before visiting Europe’s marketplaces. This list, provided by local market tour experts at Coloratour.com, will help you make the most of your shopping adventures in Europe’s best markets.

1. Arrive at the right time to avoid crowds. Come early if you plan on eating at the market; at Les Halles de Lyon in France, where the top chefs shop, most lunch vendors close at 2 and reopen for dinner. Also, most vendors are on vacation during July and August. Markets are busier on weekends, when locals meet with friends to shop.

2. Be wary of pickpockets! Pickpockets love busy markets. Keep your money close to you and leave your passports at the hotel.

3. Cash is king; bring plenty—you might get a discount using cash. Markets have soft prices, so bargain like crazy.

4. Prepare to shop until you drop. Bring roomy bags. Have paint or fabric swatches to shop for a specific room at home. Bring an umbrella and pray for rain—with fewer customers, vendors might strike a deal in the drizzle.

5. Look through riffraff for hidden treasures. Parisian flea market Marché aux Puces, known for its antiques, also offers determined shoppers anything from jewelry to furniture.

6. Be aware of your home country’s customs regulations. For example, in the US, anything made with ivory or tortoise shell will be confiscated.

7. Prioritize the parts of the market you want to see most so you don’t get exhausted wandering.

“Remember, your market souvenirs will bring back memories, which are the best part of your trip”, says Coloratour.com founder Olivier Chavaren.

For more helpful information on market visits, download the free e-book, “10 Best Markets of Europe.”

www.Coloratour.com

Coloratour.com was founded by Olivier Chavaren to offer a new niche in the travel industry – special-interest private tours in Europe concentrating on a wide range of Europe’s colorful markets. For more about Coloratour.com and its tours, please visit www.coloratour.com


7 Tips for Shopping Europe’s Best Markets‏

August 21, 2014 on 8:01 am | In Europe, France, Germany, London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Paris—The most colorful shopping in Europe is found at its open-air markets. From London’s Portobello market, where you can find everything from antiques to fresh produce and clothing; to La Boqueria in Barcelona, known for its seafood and produce; the outdoor markets of Europe offer fun shopping experiences to locals and tourists alike.

Visitors should remember some things before visiting Europe’s marketplaces. This list, provided by local market tour experts at Coloratour.com, will help you make the most of your shopping adventures in Europe’s best markets.

1. Arrive at the right time to avoid crowds. Come early if you plan on eating at the market; at Les Halles de Lyon in France, where the top chefs shop, most lunch vendors close at 2 and reopen for dinner. Also, most vendors are on vacation during July and August. Markets are busier on weekends, when locals meet with friends to shop.

2. Be wary of pickpockets! Pickpockets love busy markets. Keep your money close to you and leave your passports at the hotel.

3. Cash is king; bring plenty—you might get a discount using cash. Markets have soft prices, so bargain like crazy.

4. Prepare to shop until you drop. Bring roomy bags. Have paint or fabric swatches to shop for a specific room at home. Bring an umbrella and pray for rain—with fewer customers, vendors might strike a deal in the drizzle.

5. Look through riffraff for hidden treasures. Parisian flea market Marché aux Puces, known for its antiques, also offers determined shoppers anything from jewelry to furniture.

6. Be aware of your home country’s customs regulations. For example, in the US, anything made with ivory or tortoise shell will be confiscated.

7. Prioritize the parts of the market you want to see most so you don’t get exhausted wandering.

“Remember, your market souvenirs will bring back memories, which are the best part of your trip”, says Coloratour.com founder Olivier Chavaren.

For more helpful information on market visits, download the free e-book, “10 Best Markets of Europe.”

Coloratour.com

Coloratour.com was founded by Olivier Chavaren to offer a new niche in the travel industry – special-interest private tours in Europe concentrating on a wide range of Europe’s colorful markets. For more about Coloratour.com and its tours, please visit www.coloratour.com

Please note: further background information on the company, a product sheet of all tours with their prices, photos and a bio of Coloratour.com’s founder and president are available upon request.


Detroit Debuts The D Discount Pass

August 11, 2014 on 10:25 am | In Great Lakes, Midwest, Shopping | Comments Off



Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau debuts The D Discount Pass for savings at area attractions
Detroit, Mich. — The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) launched a new program on Friday, May 30 to offer visitors discounts to participating area attractions. The D Discount Pass saves 20 percent or more on museum admissions or gift shop purchases.
Current participating attractions and discounts include:
• Arab American National Museum, 20 percent off admission
• Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 20 percent off gift shop purchases
• Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, buy one admission, get one free
• The Henry Ford, 20 percent off admission
• Michigan Science Center, 20 percent off admission
• Motown Museum, 20 percent off admission
The D Discount Pass will be accepted at participating venues Friday, May 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. More attractions can join the program throughout the year.
To take advantage of the offer, visitors can go to visitdetroit.com/discount and complete a brief online form to download The D Discount Pass barcode via a mobile device, email or printed voucher. To apply the discount, visitors need to show The D Discount Pass barcode to museum staff at the time of purchase. The discount is only valid for one person per visit. Visitors may use The D Discount Pass multiple times for the duration of the program.
“As the gateway attraction to the state of Michigan, and one of the country’s best museums, we are excited to participate in The D Discount Pass program and share our significant national treasures and part of Detroit’s rich culture with new visitors from around the world,” says Chief Communications Officer at The Henry Ford Carol Kendra.
In 2013 metro Detroit hosted more than 14 million visitors. The D Discount Pass is designed to introduce metro Detroit’s gems to visitors and save them money at major tourism destinations.
“We hope The D Discount Pass will help make vacations to metro Detroit enjoyable and affordable,” says DMCVB Executive Vice President and COO Michael O’Callaghan. “These participating attractions are some of the best must-see’s metro Detroit has to offer.”
To view updated program details, visitors can go to visitdetroit.com/discount.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization with a mission to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel and as a film location to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. www.visitdetroit.com


Tax Free Shopping During August at Select Mills Properties

August 11, 2014 on 10:14 am | In Florida, Miami, Shopping | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Mills®, regarded as leading outlet and value retail shopping destinations throughout the U.S, will offer savings and promotions second only to the Black Friday shopping holiday throughout the month of August. Travelers on summer vacation are wise to stock up on great merchandise from top retailers at a fraction of the price and enjoy even more savings during state-wide sales tax holidays at select Mills properties in major cities: Baltimore / Washington, DC, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale / Miami.

“Families from across the country traditionally flock to The Mills during the month of August in preparation for back-to-school, which makes this time almost as big as the holiday shopping season,” said Kelly Mikesell, vice president of marketing for The Mills. “The combination of our already low prices, back-to-school special sales and sales tax exemptions in select states, allows International shoppers to save even more at The Mills on the brands they love.”

As leading retail destinations featuring an unmatched mix of stores, many of which offer up to 70% off everyday prices, The Mills properties have tremendous appeal to domestic and international visitors. While all properties will offer incredible savings throughout the month, families will be able to take advantage of sales-tax exemptions (from 6% to 9.25%) at select Mills centers:

• Arundel Mills (Baltimore, MD): Sunday, August 10 – Saturday, August 16
• Grapevine Mills (Grapevine / Dallas, TX): Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10
• Katy Mills (Houston, TX): Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10
• Opry Mills (Nashville, TN): Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3
• Potomac Mills (Washington D.C.): Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3
• Sawgrass Mills (Miami, FL): Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3
• Sugarloaf Mills (Atlanta, GA) Friday, August 1 – Saturday, August 2

Plus, Concord Mills (Charlotte, NC) is providing its own version of tax relief with its first-ever Better Than Tax Free Weekend on Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. As there will be no sales tax holiday in North Carolina this year, this debut two-day back-to-school savings event will provide shoppers with an additional 10 percent off of already discounted merchandise from select retailers.

Back-to-school is the second-largest shopping season following the winter holidays, according to the United States based National Retail Federation. The average person with children will spend $688 on supplies and clothes. Savings abound on everything from home goods and electronics, to fashion-forward apparel and accessories for the whole family.

The Mills properties draw millions of visitors annually who are looking for designer and name brand merchandise for less. Classic and trendy apparel, footwear, sporting goods, electronics and more can be found at popular retailers such as Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan Company Store, DKNY Company Store, Gap Outlet, Guess Factory Store, Janie and Jack Outlet, J.Crew Factory, LOFT Outlet, Michael Kors Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet andTommy Hilfiger Company Store. Shoppers visiting Sawgrass Mills in South Florida will also enjoy access to exclusive luxury outlets from Armani, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, GUCCI, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Tory Burch, Versace and other internationally recognized brands.

For added shopper convenience, out-of-town guests are encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of exclusive Shop ‘N Stay packages in conjunction with select area hotels. Packages may include discounted room rates, free breakfast, American Express® Simon Giftcards and a coveted complimentary Coupon Book, valued at more than $500 in additional savings. Select centers also offer convenient currency exchange, shuttle services, Smartcartes and wheelchair rentals as an added shopper amenity.

To plan a visit to The Mills property nearest you, visit www.simon.com  Tour operators organizing group travel to The Mills can go to http://traveltrade.simon.com/, which features information on incentives, Shop ‘N Stay packages, transportation and more.

About The Mills
The Mills®, a part of Simon, offers a unique brand of shopping with a mix of popular name brand outlets, value retailers and full-price stores, plus family-oriented dining and entertainment concepts. The Mills are well-located in major metropolitan markets and many are recognized as leading tourism destinations. Notable properties include Arundel Mills (Baltimore), Gurnee Mills (Chicago), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Ontario Mills (Los Angeles), Opry Mills (Nashville), Potomac Mills (Washington, DC) and Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale/Miami).

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit ww.simon.com


Ontario Mills Is the Place to Shop During the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, Sept. 19-21

August 11, 2014 on 10:05 am | In California, Shopping | Comments Off



Ontario Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in California with more than 200 stores, is a must-see destination when visiting the Southern California area for the second annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, September 19-21. Out-of-towners to the area can maximize their trip by visiting Ontario Mills, which is offering a complimentary coupon book valued at more than $500 in savings and an array of “Shop ‘N Stay” packages.

Ontario Mills offers budget and style-conscious shoppers the chance to take advantage of great deals on name brand merchandise. To welcome event attendees, Ontario Mills will offer a complimentary coupon book to anyone who presents a ticket stub from the classic car show at Guest Services. Bargain hunters will cash in on additional savings with coupon offers such as $25 off one item at Neiman Marcus Last Call, 25% off $250 or more at Michael Kors and 10% off $100 or more at Tommy Hilfiger Company Store.

Strategically located just minutes away from Ontario International Airport and 38 miles east of Los Angeles, Ontario Mills has also partnered with local hotels to offer special Shop ‘N Stay packages for visitors. Area hotels include Ayres Inn & Suites, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Embassy Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Holiday Inn-Ontario Airport and Ontario Airport Hotel. Packages vary based on each hotel and can include discounted rates, complimentary breakfast, transportation to and from the airport and Ontario Mills, as well as a Visa® or American Express® Simon® Giftcard for each night’s hotel stay. For more information on Shop ‘N Stay hotel packages, visit the Traveling Here page on Ontario Mills’ website.

“With our prime location in the heart of Southern California, Ontario Mills is within reach for out-of-town guests who will want to add shopping to their vacation itineraries,” said Kyra Blackwell, director of marketing for Ontario Mills. “Ontario Mills delivers an unbeatable selection of retailers, plus great dining and entertainment options all in one place.”
Now in its second year, the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is a classic car show in downtown Ontario that is free and open to the public. An average of 139,000 car enthusiasts will flock to the 22-block exhibition to tour more than 800 antique cars. Event-goers will also enjoy food and entertainment throughout the day.

There are more fashion-forward stores to choose from in Ontario Mills’ Fashion District, including an outlet location for Tumi, Lucky Brand Outlet, Perry Ellis, Michael Kors Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Movado Company Store and an outlet concept for Swarovski. Designer brands such as Prada, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana, Tory Burch, Burberry and Kate Spade can be found at Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Nordstrom Rack. Other popular stores include J.Crew Factory, H&M, Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and LOFT Outlet, plus first-in-market locations for New York & Company Outlet, Under Armour Factory House and recently opened EXPRESS Factory Outlet.

In addition to great shopping, Ontario Mills also boasts an array of dining options, including Rainforest Cafe and Market Broiler. Visitors to Ontario Mills can enjoy Dave & Buster’s, GameWorks, Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre or relax and catch a movie at AMC 30 Theatres.

For more information about Ontario Mills’ Shop ‘N Stay packages, and for a complete list of retailers, please call (909) 484-8300, visit www.OntarioMills.com  or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OntarioMills  and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShopOntario.

About Ontario Mills
Ontario Mills, California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination, offers the ultimate shopping experience with more than 200 outlet and value retail stores including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Forever 21, J.Crew Factory, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Hollister Co. Outlet and Nike Factory Store. Shoppers enjoy dining and entertainment venues such as Market Broiler, Rainforest Cafe, Dave & Buster’s, GameWorks, Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre and AMC 30 Theatres.

Ontario Mills is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 & 15 in Ontario, CA, 38 miles east of Los Angeles and within driving distance west of Palm Springs and north of San Diego. It is open regularly from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Ontario Mills, please call (909) 484-8300, visit www.OntarioMills.com or follow Ontario Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OntarioMills or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShopOntario

About The Mills
The Mills®, a part of Simon, offers a unique brand of shopping with a mix of popular name brand outlets, value retailers and full-price stores, plus family-oriented dining and entertainment concepts. The Mills are well-located in major metropolitan markets and many are recognized as leading tourism destinations. Notable properties include Arundel Mills (Baltimore), Gurnee Mills (Chicago), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Ontario Mills (Los Angeles), Opry Mills (Nashville), Potomac Mills (Washington, DC) and Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale/Miami).

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit www.simon.com

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Visit Europe’s famed Christmas markets with Scenic Cruises’ 8-, 15- and 16-day holiday voyages‏

August 2, 2014 on 1:31 pm | In France, Germany, Hungary, Lichtenstein, Shopping | Comments Off



Scenic Cruises, the award-winning operator of all-inclusive luxury river cruises in Europe, invites guests to explore the magic of Europe’s famed Christmas markets in the most ideal and relaxing way — on one of its Christmas Market Cruises. The popular 15-day Christmas Markets River Cruise departs Nov. 24 from Budapest to Amsterdam with fares of $6,555 to $10,045 per person, double, while the16-day Christmas River Cruise sails the reverse route on Dec. 15 and is priced from $7,235 to $10,760. Shorter sailings are also offered: the eight-day Christmas Market Danube Discovery Cruise on Nov. 24 travels from Budapest to Nuremburg at $3,530 to $5,350; and the eight-day Treasures of the Rhine Christmas Markets Cruise on Dec. 1 sails from Nuremburg to Amsterdam at fares of $2,975 to $4,440.

Traditional European Christmas markets, which take place each year during the four weeks of Advent, provide visitors with a celebratory atmosphere and seasonal delicacies to enjoy while shopping for holiday gifts. From Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt, held on the square in front of the beautiful City Hall, to Nuremberg’s world-renowned market dating back to 1628, to Cologne’s dazzling array of puppet theatres, toy stalls and fairytales, excited guests are allowed ample time to enjoy the holiday festivities at each stop along the way. Stalls selling fine, handcrafted wooden nutcrackers and toys alongside one-of-a-kind glass Christmas ornaments and homemade gingerbread beckon shoppers with unique holiday gifts. Delicacies like stollen (a bread-like fruitcake covered in icing), gluhwein, (mulled wine served hot), and candied almonds supply a taste of traditional European holiday goodies while choral performances and dancing add to the festive air.

Beyond all the Christmas festivities, these itineraries also uncover the treasures of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, whose banks are graced by some of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Guests can explore beautiful Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most ancient cities, with a walking tour or visit the famed geothermal spas. In Vienna, the “City of Music,” they’re treated to a private evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart, followed by a day of sightseeing in this important historic city. The scenic towns of Dürnstein, Melk and Aschach in Austria and Passau and Regensburg in Germany offer visitors the opportunity to take in sights via a guided walking tour, visit a Benedictine Abbey, or venture to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

In addition to featuring one of Germany’s most famous Christmas markets, Nuremberg offers guests the chance to visit historic World War II sites and sample some of this city’s unique culinary treasures. In Germany’s Bamberg, Würzburg, Wertheim and Rudesheim, guests get to experience life in these quaint European villages first hand, as well as visit museums and other cultural sites of interest. These are just a few examples of included activities; each day of a journey aboard Scenic Cruises is filled with opportunities to become immersed in the culture of these quintessential European cities.

Scenic Cruises boasts the newest fleet of scenic “Space Ships” to sail the European rivers, and the company’s signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included: personalized service with a 3:1 guest-to-staff ratio, unlimited beverages including premium wines and spirits, all meals, personal butler service, excursions, events and entertainment, the Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device, which acts like a personal tour guide for guests while on board the ship, Wi-Fi, airport transfers, and all tipping and gratuities. On -shore experiences are made exceptional by the included Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour system provided to every guest. This GPS system works in conjunctions with guides on tours as well as acting as a navigation system allowing guests to explore destinations on their own without worry of getting lost or missing important points of interest.

Scenic Tours, parent of Scenic Cruises, offers award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and elsewhere. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; the company’s visitor-friendly website, www.sceniccruises.com ; phone (844) 788-7985; or e-mail: usaoffice@scenictours.com . Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.


British Luxury Brand Mulberry Opens First Store in Las Vegas in The Forum Shops at Caesars

August 2, 2014 on 1:11 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off



To celebrate its first Las Vegas store opening on Aug. 1, Mulberry has created a capsule collection of stunning limited edition embellished pieces, available exclusively in Las Vegas at Mulberry inside The Forum Shops. A sumptuous black suede clutch, called the Clemmie, is studded with dozens of gunmetal rivets for a truly statement bag. Four classic and exquisitely tailored black dresses are decorated with beading and glass crystal, adding a touch of glamour inspired by an artistic floral motif. A pair of striking embellished high heel sandals completes the look. The Forum Shops store is the first Mulberry store in North America to feature a new store design concept. Inspired by Mulberry’s roots in the English countryside the design uses color and textures inspired by natural materials. Hand-carved and untreated oak is used for shelving, and Somerset limestone is used for the floor, laid out in the style of traditional parquet flooring and reminiscent of traditional English country houses. The store is divided into areas for a calm and elegant shopping environment, with neutral colors allowing the products to stand out. Mulberry commissioned British leather artist Genevieve Bennett to create a stunning collection of leather wall tiles carved out in beautiful tonal leather, of course inspired by Mulberry’s heritage of leather craftsmanship. The Forum shops location features Mulberry’s first ever wall of ‘falling leaves’, taken from the iconic Mulberry tree logo to create a subtle and elegant pattern on a feature wall for all to see.
Property Enhancements and Special Offers from The Forum Shops at Caesars
The premier shopping destination in Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, is currently undergoing property enhancements. In the works are exciting new customer amenities and enriched shopping experiences including; the creation of a casual seating area in a lounge setting. Enhancements are also underway to improve customer access and visibility to the third level. To mark the occasion, a number of retailers at The Forum Shops retailers have created some special offers. Stores including; 7 For All Mankind, DKNY, Donald J Pliner, Hublot, Kiehl’s Since 1851, NARS, Roman Times, Vilebrequin, Welcome to Las Vegas, Kids Kastle, Shoooz at The Forum, Swarovski, Davante, Davante Sun, Inglot Cosmetics, Brooks Brothers, Henri Bendel and Michael Kors have special offers and deals available. A number of restaurants at The Forum Shops also have special deals and offers including Carmine’s NYC Family Style Italian Restaurant, Trevi Italian Restaurant, Spago and Sushi Roku.

View the Full List of Special Offers Here!
Christian Louboutin Introduces Signature Nail Polish
The famous red-sole of the incomparable Louboutin shoe is now available as a signature nail polish. The French footwear guru is taking his first steps into the beauty business with a range of signature polishes housed in strikingly tall, spiky bottles. Priced at $50 each, the well-heeled, red nail enamel, Rouge Louboutin, is now available at Christian Louboutin inside The Forum Shops. An additional 30 shades will be available at the end of August. A genuine luxury experience, Louboutin nail polish has among the highest percentage of pigment in the industry and is housed in an eye-catching bottle with a wand-like cap. The designer has grouped his polishes into in three color families — Pop, Nude and Noir.
AllSaints to Open Unique Multimedia Flagship Store in The Forum Shops at Caesars
British retailer, AllSaints is set to launch its new Las Vegas flagship location at The Forum Shops at Caesars later this summer. At more than 12,000 square feet, AllSaints Caesars will be the second largest store in the brands global portfolio and will offer a multi-level shopping experience. Each AllSaints store is unique and AllSaints Caesars is no exception. The store boasts more than 1,400 square feet of digital display screens that will stream the creative content produced by AllSaints Studios. In addition, the store will feature an 8 foot by 4 foot sewing machine table originally constructed in 1906 to make sails for ships. A traditional English red telephone booth modified to house an interactive display will allow customers to shop online, in-store. The exterior facade reinforces the AllSaints values of craftsmanship and digital innovation by featuring 346 sewing machines against a backdrop of more than 1,000 square feet of LED displays. Founded in London in 1994, AllSaints creates design-led clothing for men and women. The brand expresses attitude and individuality through a strong digital presence, deep-rooted links to music, and its film division, AllSaints Studios.
Built For Boot Camp, Nike Introduces the Lunar Cross Element
Even during the summer months, boot camp continues to be a fast favorite of the female athlete. The high intensity training typically lasts more than an hour and includes a running element. With this method in mind, Nike designers set out to create a footwear solution equipped for lengthier workouts completed on a variety of surfaces. The Nike Lunar Cross Element proves to be versatile enough to handle not only the run to and from a boot camp class, but also the variety of movements required throughout the workout. Cushioning was an important consideration for these longer, cardio-heavy workouts.
The Nike Lunar Cross Element provides cushioning, durability and flexibility for high intensity workouts.
Forum Shops Fall Fashion Preview
August represents the last days of summer and is the perfect time to preview fall fashion looks and arrivals. From plaids to color blocking to vintage-inspired looks, The Forum Shops is the perfect place to pick up the best in fall fashion trends. Ted Baker London puts the focus on its luxurious women’s wear clothing and accessories collection for autumn, effortlessly combining vintage-inspired floral prints in a layered and lavish palette of pinks. Plaids are also in focus this fall. Marc by Marc Jacobs showcases the pattern in a red plaid cape, sweater and skirt. For just the right touch of plaid, Donald J Pliner is featuring tartan print shoes. For items that easily transition from summer to fall, H&M has the perfect pieces inside the three-level fashion metropolis. Spot tops, dresses and accessories that deliver stylish yet affordable options. Tight knits are also taking the spotlight this autumn. Michael Kors featured the fashion on the runway as did Tory Burch.


PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace to Introduce New Dining, Retail Offerings for Oahu’s North Shore‏

June 25, 2014 on 8:32 am | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Shopping | Comments Off



POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER’S HUKILAU MARKETPLACE TO INTRODUCE NEW DINING, RETAIL OFFERINGS FOR OAHU’S NORTH SHORE

– Opening January 2015 with Free Admission, Free Parking and Free Entertainment –

Laie, Hawaii –– An impressive new variety of Polynesia-inspired dining, retail and product offerings is coming to the North Shore in the New Year with the opening of the Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC).

Scheduled to open in January 2015, the Hukilau Marketplace will be placed out front of the PCC and be easily accessible to anyone making the scenic drive on Kamehameha Highway. Admission and parking (with validation) will be free as visitors and residents shop, eat, or simply stop to stretch their legs from a day of sightseeing on the North Shore. There will be also free, live entertainment to enjoy on a regular basis.

“The Hukilau Marketplace is a huge undertaking for the Polynesian Cultural Center and a first for us, as people will be able to come and experience a piece of Polynesia’s culture without having to pay admission,” said Alfred Grace, President & CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center. “We’ve put a lot of research, planning and thought into offering foods, products and a quality of experience reminiscent of the sights and tastes of old Laie, making a daytrip to the North Shore even more worthwhile.”

Encompassing 119,000 square feet and positioned closer to Kamehameha Highway, the Hukilau Marketplace is being built partially on underused parking spaces and blended into an underutilized section of the PCC grounds next to the Pacific Theater, site of the award-winning Ha: Breath of Life evening show. Entering through the PCC won’t be necessary as the Hukilau Marketplace will have its own separate entrance and be open for longer hours, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The diversity of new shops, dining options and product offerings (examples below) will appeal to both visitors and residents and make a daytrip along the North Shore’s windward side even more enjoyable. Notably, the Hukilau name and the dining and retail offerings is a tribute to Laie’s fascinating heritage and longstanding legacy of cultivating the people and culture of Polynesia. In fact, the hukilau was the inspiration for creating the PCC experience, which opened in 1963.

Long before the PCC was established, fishermen in Laie used to “hukilau” or throw nets around schools of fish, then bring them to shore for the community to enjoy.

The hukilau became a popular, impromptu luau experience for visitors in the 1940s and 1950s. They would come to Laie, watch the netting of fish, then enjoy the feast and music with community members on the beach. The experience was so enjoyable, it led to a catchy tune, The Hukilau Song, composed in 1948. (“Oh, we’re going to a hukilau, a huki, huki, huki huki, hukilau. Everybody loves a hukilau, where the laulau is the kau kau at the big luau…”)

Grace added, “Everything about the Hukilau Marketplace will be true to our community, with many specialty foods and goods that aren’t readily available elsewhere on Oahu. It’s being designed to appeal to visitors and residents alike with an experience that is in keeping with our celebration of Polynesia’s culture and people.”

New Retail, Dining, Entertainment Offerings
Following is a preliminary listing with short descriptions of the dining and retail offerings being introduced at Hukilau Marketplace in January 2015. A more complete listing of information and website will be available closer to the opening date.

Pounder’s Restaurant – Full-service restaurant serving island-inspired entrées for lunch and dinner (and eventually breakfast, at which time it will open at 6:00 a.m.).
Polynesian Bakery – Offering traditional Polynesian baked favorites, such as meat pies, panipopo, malasadas, etc.

Roulotte Court – Providing a Tahiti-inspired “street eats” experience, with plates of steak, chicken and fish served from food trucks.

Confection Store – Offering chocolate-dipped treats, cookies, and candies.
Food/Retail Kiosks and Carts – Spread throughout the marketplace, this kiosks and carts will provide various offerings, such as barbecue plates, specialty hot dogs, crepes, frozen custard (such as lilikoi and haupia), baked goods, as well as Polynesian handicrafts, local artwork, community t-shirts and headwear, etc.
Laie General Store – Offering souvenirs, gifts, and handy items of convenience.
Hapa Home Store – Offering specialty home furnishings and lifestyle products.
Free Entertainment – This open stage area located in front of Pounder’s Restaurant will present guests with live performances of music and dance on an ongoing basis.

In addition, PCC is finalizing contracts with vendors to provide the following:
Ukulele Shop
High-End Hawaiian Jewelry
Sports/Outdoor Activities – Ocean sports and bicycle sales, rentals, etc.
Specialty Burgers
Ice Cream
Lunch Wagon
Shrimp Truck

A few leasing opportunities are still available. Providers of quality products and services consistent with what the Hukilau Marketplace is offering can contact the PCC for more information.

$100 Million in Improvements
The Hukilau Marketplace is one of the PCC’s last major projects being completed as part of the $100 million in facility and experiential improvements that have been ongoing for the past five years. Other recent improvements of note include:

A rejuvenated Hawaii Village with a design and presentation inspired by the ahupuaa (land division used by ancient Hawaiians, usually extending from the uplands to the sea) that features new activities, architecture and exhibits honoring the native Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiian Journey, a new cinematic experience housed in a theater built to resemble a volcano and shown on a state-of-the art, high-definition, digital projection system with a 40’x74’ screen, the largest in Hawaii. The presentation brings to life the story of native Hawaiians and their connection to the aina (land) utilizing special effects that touch all senses.

Renovation of Hale Aloha, home to the award-winning Alii Luau experience that features delicious cuisine and the lively entertainment of the Hawaiian Islands.
Revitalized Samoa Village, historically one of PCC’s most popular venues due to its exciting presentations, including the fire making and coconut husking demonstrations.
Renovated Aotearoa Village, featuring intricately designed carvings in the native Totara timber of New Zealand honoring Hawaikiroa, the ancient Polynesian navigator.

For more information about the PCC or to make reservations, please visit www.Polynesia.com  or call toll-free at (800) 367-7060. On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333.

About the Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world in its first 50 years (1963-2013). A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii.


Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2014 launching its first Shopping Challenge

June 17, 2014 on 10:32 am | In Asia, Shopping, Thailand | Comments Off



The annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is set to kick off with its first “Shopping Challenge” aimed at spicing up the event and encouraging shopaholics to spend, spend, spend during the 3 months and a half-long shopping extravaganza from 15 June to 30 September, 2014.

The event’s first-ever shopping competition is scheduled to take place on 18 June, 2014, in the heart and bustle of Bangkok’s most popular shopping districts – Ratchaprasong and Siam – and at the city’s most popular shopping malls – Siam Paragon, CentralWorld and Gaysorn.

Joining this fun competition are 15 teams, each comprising well known media figures and celebrities from 11 Asian countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan. These teams will be assigned one of three shopping routes along the BTS Skytrain or five teams for each route.

The teams will be given a shopping bag and the equivalent of 10,000 Baht with which they have to buy certain items at specified shops in the Gaysorn, Siam Paragon or CentralWorld shopping complexes within two hours (from 14:30 – 16:30 hrs.). At each outlet, theteams have to seek out their assigned shopping item, snap a picture that includes the “purchased” object and team members and post on instagram with #amazingtgs2014. The shopping action in real time will be put up on screens at the main stage in Siam Paragon.

The winning team will be the one who finds all the items on their “shopping lists” in the shortest time. If it is too close to call, then the budget and money spent becomes the main factor. In a “photo finish” the team who spent the least will be declared the winner and be rewarded with a cash prize of 100,000 Baht.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) believes this “Shopping Challenge” publicity stunt will help attract more international visitors to Thailand during this year’s grand shopping period as well as to encourage them to spend more in the country.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “Now that the world knows that it’s ‘business as usual’ here in Thailand, they will be looking forward to coming back and taking advantage of the kingdom’s wonderful shopping. So we are opening our arms to tourists from all over the world to come here and lose themselves in a shopping paradise.”

To raise awareness of this grand annual shopping event, TAT has set up a special website (www.thailandshoppingparadise.com), which includes a great section on “Shopping Tips” to help visitors take advantage of the best deals, to understand the VAT refund process, and to avoid buying sub-standard products. Also on the website is a special page to promote locally-made One-Tambon-One-Product goods; revenue from which helps boost the income of rural communities and local artisans.

The TAT Governor said, “More than 15,000 shopping malls, department stores, brand-name outlets, and restaurants in seven major tourist destinations: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Ko Samui are offering irresistible special deals and bargains for tourists, making the next couple of months the best possible time to come to Thailand.”

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New Liquidation Retail Center Re-Opens in Vegas

June 3, 2014 on 9:27 am | In Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off



Las Vegas, NV— June 2, 2014 — Las Vegas’ first retail center from online liquidator Bazargin is set to open to the public with a grand opening weekend beginning Saturday, June 7, 2014. The retail center will offer discounts as high as 75% off retail pricing on name brand items such as Dyson, Temper-Pedic, Step2, Better Homes and Garden, Bowflex and Cuisinart. All items are brand new and in original factory packaging.

Las Vegas’ first true liquidation retail center has a constantly rotating stock and receives truckloads of new items on a regular basis. Inventory includes home furnishings, furniture, bedding, outdoor furniture, toys and children’s items, kitchen and electrical appliances, athletic and fitness equipment, outdoor/camping equipment, assorted home goods and clothing.

Local businesswoman Lisa Kragerud, who saw an opportunity to provide families like hers with a place to take advantage of incredibly deep discounts, is opening Bazargin after spending 32 years with the same company.

“In this day and age, when a family’s income is being stretched further and further, there is no longer a need to pay full retail,” Kragerud says. “We offer the same items as major department stores at a fraction of the retail price. You no longer have to go without or decide between needed items; I can’t wait for customers to see how much they can save on major name products!”

Bazargin is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, find Bazargin at www.bazarginlv.wix.com/bazargin  or on Facebook, Craiglist and Rumgr. For more information call 702-533-7723.

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