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


– 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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May 7, 2014 on 9:19 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – Sandal weather is here and summer colors are back in style. Original Diva inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will treat your nails to a makeover with brand new manicure and pedicure specials.

Original Diva has introduced a premium pedicure room just in time to kick off summer. Nail enthusiasts will enjoy top-of-the-line nail specials including a manicure, priced at $40, and pedicure, priced at $65. Guests may also enjoy the manicure and pedicure package including a file, buff, polish, callus removal, exfoliating scrub and a full foot and leg massage, priced at $95. Original Diva carries all of OPI’s new spring nail polishes fit for the ultimate diva.

The full-service boutique salon offers plenty of space for groups to get made over with five hair stations, two stations for skincare and makeup services, a manicure nail bar and the newly added pedicure room. In addition to Original Diva’s signature extensions, the retail area will offer an array of hair and beauty products for purchase. Original Diva accepts appointments by calling (702) 836-9112 or e-mailing info@originaldivaextensions.com.

About Original Diva

Established in 2006, Original Diva is an international business and leading provider of custom designed premium quality 100% human hair extensions.

After successfully selling its products online and to a number of salons throughout Australia, the brand expanded to sell its products to one of the largest suppliers of hair products in the world. In 2010, Original Diva received a finalist award by the Australian Institute of Export. Now in the United States with its first flagship salon in Las Vegas, Original Diva has introduced high-quality beauty services in a boutique hair salon, nail and extensions bar. Original Diva has an affordable price point and offers blowouts, priced at $40. A number of celebrities and industry experts have worn their products and the extensions have been named as “the must have hair accessory” by Australian Hairdressers Journal.

Located at Miracle Miles Shops inside Planet Hollywood, the 1,840-square-foot salon and shop is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Guests may call (702) 836-9112 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-in business is welcome, pending availability. More information about Original Diva is available at www.originaldivaextensions.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OriginalDivaExt, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OriginalDivaExt, and on Instagram @originaldivaextensions.

About Miracle Mile Shops:

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is a 1.2 mile retail/entertainment complex at the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip featuring 170 specialty stores, 15 restaurants and live entertainment venues. The center is home to Original Diva, Australia’s popular full-service salon and market leading, custom-designed hair extensions retailer; PBR Rock Bar & Grill, boasting a Strip-side location with excellent food, drinks and bull riding; H&M; Sugar Factory, the sweet shop adored by Hollywood’s hottest celebrities; American clothing line and complete lifestyle brand Original Penguin; Chicago popcorn legend Garrett Popcorn Shops’ only Las Vegas location; GUESS; Urban Outfitters; True Religion Brand Jeans; 15,000-square-foot bar and restaurant Cabo Wabo® Cantina; Las Vegas’ very own Sin City Brewing Co.; Club Tattoo, featuring some of the best tattoo artists and body piercers in the nation; the first House of Hoops by Foot Locker in the city; as well as a multi-million dollar fountain show. Miracle Mile Shops is owned by Tristar Capital and RFR Holding LLC, in conjunction with leasing and marketing consultant Robert K. Futterman & Associates LLC.

Miracle Mile Shops is open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 10 a.m. – midnight Friday – Saturday. For more information, call (888) 800-8284 or visit www.miraclemileshopslv.com. Keep up with the latest Miracle Mile Shops news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Westfield Travel Collection Shopping Centers

April 15, 2014 on 12:33 pm | In Airlines, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Shopping | Comments Off

Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Fred Segal, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and more offer travelers from around the world the latest trends, the highest quality and personalized services.

LOS ANGELES—Shopping is always a memorable experience at the Westfield Travel Collection’s seven elite shopping destinations in California and Florida. The centers’ carefully curated retailer offerings feature leading luxury brands, high-end designers, and highly sought-after items from the world’s best department stores and boutiques. Contemporary collections and traditional style are set amid noteworthy architecture, art and gardens that reflect the destination and its unique lifestyle.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, shopping is the number one activity for international visitors to the United States, while Americans also rate shopping as one of their favorite things to do while on vacation. The Westfield Travel Collection’s signature shopping centers are on the must-visit list when travelers journey to two of the United States’ leading tourist destinations — sunny California and Florida. The Westfield Travel Collection includes Westfield San Francisco Centre, Valley Fair/Silicon Valley, Century City/Los Angeles, Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport/Tom Bradley International Terminal, UTC—La Jolla/San Diego, Horton Plaza/San Diego and Countryside—Clearwater/Tampa.

Fashionable men, women, teens and children will find the latest in apparel, shoes, accessories – the choices are unlimited. Prada claims an impressive 6,250 square feet at Westfield Valley Fair, where first-to-market Uniqlo—the renowned Japanese retailer, also brought the brand to the center—one of only a select few U.S. locations. REDValentino opened their only San Francisco location at San Francisco Centre, along with Burberry Brit. Only-in-Los Angeles retailers, Fred Segal and Kitson LA display items selected by jet setting celebrities and global fashionistas at Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport in the new Rodeo Drive-inspired storefronts of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Popular name brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Guess and more attract shoppers of all ages with their contemporary styles and trendy accessories. World-renowned designers like Gucci, Valentino, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, HUGO BOSS and others top visitors’ shopping lists, especially for international travelers.

Leading department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s and Macy’s offer fashion and accessory collections for men and women by American and international designers. Personalized service is provided upon request. Professional personal shoppers find coveted merchandise on a traveler’s shopping list and provide expert advice in selecting the perfect accessory to any wardrobe. These personal shoppers are experienced in assisting the most fashionable women and men to select their attire for camera-ready occasions, galas and boardroom presentations.

Fine jewelry and classic timepieces are showcased at Tiffany & Co., Pandora, Rolex, Swarovski and Tourneau Watch Co. The latest beauty products and skin care lines are available at Aveda, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane en Provence as well as in department stores. Distinct home décor is available from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Restoration Hardware for those who want their home to be as stylish as they are.

The latest high-technology and accessories are available from Apple at Westfield Valley Fair, Silicon Valley and Westfield UTC in San Diego. Westfield Countryside has a PeachMac Store with Apple specialists, products and complimentary training. Another option for travelers who want to see the latest from the high-tech world is at Westfield San Francisco Centre at the Microsoft Store and Bose.

Favorable exchange rates, the latest trends and styles, and customer service that is second to none are more reasons to visit one of the seven Westfield Travel Collection Centers. In fact, international travelers often arrive at the centers with an empty suitcase or buy one at Tumi, Travel Pro and other travel retailers to use during an inspired shopping experience.

Each out of market traveler who visits a Westfield Travel Collection location receives a Passport to Savings book complete with special offers and amenities. Customer Service Ambassadors are available at many centers to assist those who are in search of specific merchandise items, restaurant reservations, event and attraction information and more. Many Travel Collection centers also offer language assistance and currency exchange services.

About the Westfield Travel Collection

The Westfield Travel Collection offers visitors outstanding brand and designer shopping, café and signature dining, and seasonal entertainment experience located in a variety of key U.S. travel destinations. Specialized FIT and group programs are available upon request. The Westfield Travel Collection centers include San Francisco Centre and Valley Fair in the San Francisco Bay Area, Century City and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego and Countryside in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida.

The Westfield Group has interests in and operates one of the world’s largest shopping center portfolios. This high-quality portfolio of 90 properties in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand is valued at over $70 billion and encompasses more than 20,000 retailers across nearly 95 million square feet of retail space. During the past year, Westfield worldwide welcomed more than 1 billion customer visits and registered over $40 billion in total retail sales. In the United States, Westfield’s portfolio of 38 shopping centers includes nearly 7,000 stores across 46 million square feet of retail space in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. Operating also in eight major U.S. airports, Westfield is raising the bar on the traveler experience with developments at JFK, LAX, Newark, Houston Intercontinental and Chicago O’Hare airports.

Paris in Spring: The Perfect Place For Retail Therapy

April 7, 2014 on 10:15 am | In Europe, Fashions, France, Paris, Shopping | Comments Off

Shoppers, especially visiting shoppers, take to the boulevards of Paris with devotion and a ritual flair that almost elevates the great department stores into cathedrals. You only have to watch the crowds as they walk the aisles of Printemps, Le Bon Marche and the Galleries Lafayette to appreciate the city’s status as the pre-eminent capital of shopping.

Paris is also a city of art and a singular boutique hotel, located just off the Champs Elysées, the Pavillon des Lettres is celebrating the confluence of art and shopping by launching a new series of photo exhibitions in its lobby, and of course, the photos are for sale. It begins with an exhibit by Marie Gruel, which pays homage to the Historic La Samaritaine Department Store. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” exhibit will be up at Le Pavillon des Lettres through June 25.

The literary-themed Pavillon des Lettres will rotate exhibits of original artwork that complement the hotel’s permanent art and sculpture collection. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” show consists of 15 photographs of La Samaritaine, the department store overlooking the Seine that is famous for its Art Deco interiors and is currently on the verge of transformation by LVMH into a grand commercial space. Gruel, along with 11 other photographers, was given carte blanche to shoot the historic space, which she used as a backdrop for artistic displays of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The Gruel exhibit will be followed by a show of nudes from Paris-based photographer Michael Dak (June 15 to Oct. 15.

Each of the hotel’s 26 rooms celebrates an international writer from Charles Baudelaire to Victor Hugo. Each room features an excerpt from one of the author’s books, poems or plays, which is painted above the bed, and a hard copy of the work is on the nightstand. The penthouse suites on the top two floors offer sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. Rates at the hotel begin at €230.

Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, a new luxury shopping experience comes in the form of a package that allows guests VIP access to the city’s famous department store, Printemps Haussman. Printemps has been a leading department store since 1865. With its remodeled façade, classified as a historic monument, the Printemps has 45,000 square meters dedicated to the rites of shopping as well as seven restaurants.

The J’aime la MOde package combines a stay in the hotel with an exclusive private shopping experience at the department store. Printemps offers premium services including a VIP welcome, bespoke in-store personal service, store VIP Card, ‘hands-free’ shopping, local delivery, and shipping.

Guests will be helped by a personal shopper, fashion advisor, and luxury and beauty treatments (on appointment).

The package includes one night at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, breakfast for two in-room or at Camélia, a daily spa credit of €150, premium services at Printemps Haussmann, VIP welcome, Printemps VIP Card with a special offer, multilingual personal shopper, hands-free shopping, priority tax refund, local delivery and international shipping, and a Printemps candle gift. The ‘J’aime la MOde’ package is available year-round with a starting rate of €995.

Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience Opens Its Pink Doors At Mall Of America

March 28, 2014 on 9:58 am | In Midwest, Shopping | Comments Off

The world’s most famous fashionista, Barbie® has taken over Bloomington’s Mall of America as the iconic Malibu Dreamhouse® has been bought to life and transformed into a unique interactive attraction.

Spanning an impressive 30,000 square feet, visitors of all ages can become a living doll and play in Barbie’s world with nine amazing rooms featuring the signature pink lift, a coveted closet filled with outfits complete with an impressive collection of shoes, and a colourful kitchen where visitors can get artistic with cupcake design.

The Dreamhouse® also features a glamorous make-up studio and closet where visitors are prepped before having the opportunity to take part in their own fashion show on the Fashion Runway or belt out a tune on the Pop Star Stage with a few pointers and coaching from the on hand experts.

To round off the experience, the Barbie®Café has a range of Barbie® inspired delicacies and refreshments, and the Barbie® ™ Dreamhouse® ™ Boutique features an exclusive Barbie® Dreamhouse Doll in addition to the extensive Barbie™ collection of dolls and accessories.

Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ opened in February 2014 and is located at the Southeast Corner on Level 3 of the Mall of America. Tickets are priced from $16.99 with under 2 are free. For further information or to book, visit www.BloomingtonMN.org/barbie.

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The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau markets Bloomington, Minnesota, and is home to Mall of America and near St. Paul and Minneapolis attractions and attracts domestic and international visitors. Bloomington is located ten minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and 5 km from the MSP International Airport. Bloomington, MN is also a premier destination for meetings and conventions. Bloomington has 38 hotels with free parking and shuttles to the airport and Mall of America®. We are connected to light rail and have no taxes on clothing or shoes! Mall of America features world-class shopping at more than 520 stores. Visit bloomingtonmn.org for more information and learn about The Big Ticket™, the 3-day attractions pass.


Grand UK Holidays adds Corrie cobbles to 2014 tours

March 19, 2014 on 8:51 am | In London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays has introduced a new Corrie coach touring holiday, which visits the old Coronation Street set in Manchester.
The famous cobbled street will open as a visitor attraction in April and is due to run for six months until October.

It will offer fans a final chance to visit the set, where 53 years of TV history were made.
Coronation Street moved filming to Salford Quays’ Media City in November, leaving the old site redundant.
The attraction expects about 1,000 people a day will visit the soap’s former home, walk along the famed cobbles and take a peek behind the doors of some of the famous cast members’ dressing rooms in a section named ‘The Corridor of Stars’.

Harold Burke, sales director of Grand UK Holidays, said: “These tours really are a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and if you’re a Corrie fan, this holiday will be a real treat.
“As an added bonus, our tour also includes visits to Liverpool and Blackpool, both of which also have associations with the world’s longest-running soap opera.
“We expect this new holiday to be a hit with our customers – but there is only a brief window of opportunity as developers will eventually turn the site into a new city centre neighbourhood.
“So if you want to return to the Rovers Return, time is running out!”

The five-day escorted coach holiday costs from £229pp and includes transport, admission and half-board accommodation. The departure on 22 September also includes a visit to the Blackpool Illuminations.
It is one of several new UK holidays introduced over recent weeks to cater for demand.
Different types of escorted tour have been added to the 2014 programme, including trips for solo-travellers and ever-popular Grand UK Gold holidays, which add a touch of luxury to coach tours.
The Corrie tour and other newly added holidays are available on the ‘New Offers’ section of the operator’s website: www.grandukholidays.com/new-offers

For bookings, call 01603 619933 or see www.grandukholidays.com

First-Ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars

March 13, 2014 on 9:50 am | In Fashions, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off

Features Live Beauty Presentations, Make-Up Demonstrations, Mini Makeovers, Giveaways, Music and More

Two-day make-up and skincare event celebrates beauty March 21-22

LAS VEGAS (Feb 24, 2014) – Wondering how to get the freshest looks in beauty and skincare for spring? Wonder no more with the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Mark your calendars for March 21 – 22 between 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. to celebrate the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops. A free, two-day extravaganza, visit Dior Beauty, Fresh, Inglot, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC Cosmetics and Sephora at The Forum Shops to enjoy live beauty presentations, make-up touch ups, music, beauty bars, product demonstrations and more. Plus, be sure to register at any participating store to win one of many exciting gifts including shopping sprees and beauty products. There is no purchase necessary to take part in the Festival of Beauty.

To add to the celebratory atmosphere during The Festival of Beauty, visit the VEGAS/RATED RECHARGE ZONE – relax, tweet, and post your favorite beauty finds in the VEGAS/RATED recharge zone near the Fountain of the Gods. While there, enjoy Real Water, relax with some music and delight in the custom, floral decor by Flora Pop.

Festival of Beauty Happenings:

Dior Beauty – Dior Beauty make-up artist will demonstrate looks for spring. A DJ and make-up touch up station will be available.

Fresh – Enjoy mini skin rituals, hand and arm massages and lip treatment rituals

Inglot – Take part in makeover applications for spring/summer colors and trends. Learn the tricks for easy false lash application, as well as complexion and couture demonstrations.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Visit Kiehl’s Since 1851 for skincare demos, 20-minute mini facials, demos, hand massages, and hand product demos from the Kiehl’s product line. Enjoy DJ and refreshments as well.

MAC Cosmetics – Pick your Demo at MAC Cosmetics. Whether it’s the eye, lip, or skin, customers can choose the demo they would like.

Sephora – Inspire your beauty with Radiant Orchid, Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year. Experience its deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow with: custom mini-makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks, personalized tricks and techniques, a complimentary look book featuring professional steps to master exhilarating new looks at home. BONUS: take home an official Sephora + Pantone Universe Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.* *While supplies last.

Recognized worldwide as one of the finest luxury shopping streets in the world, The Forum Shops is proud to host a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of beauty. Don’t miss the Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops!

For additional information and updates about the first annual Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops visit us at www.FSFest.com

Concord Mills Adds Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its Unique Brand of Shopping

March 11, 2014 on 10:39 am | In Shopping, The South | Comments Off

CONCORD, NC – Concord Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina, has added Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its roster of popular retail stores, plus family dining and entertainment options. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will further solidify Concord Mills’ position as a leading attraction for local shoppers and visitors from across the U.S. and beyond.

“Concord Mills is thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, which adds another dimension to our unique brand of shopping with great retail, dining and entertainment all under one roof,” said Ray Soporowski, general manager at Concord Mills. “This much-anticipated family attraction is the perfect fit for Concord Mills, enhancing our already celebrated shopping experience with more stores, more value and more fun.”

Now open at Entry 7 at Concord Mills, the new Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for kids and adults with more than 5,000 sea creatures and more than 20 spectacular displays of diverse marine life with everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. The aquarium also features a shoaling ring, an indoor play area and a 360 degree viewing tunnel surrounded on all sides by water.

“Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is proud to join the incredible group of shopping, dining and entertainment options at Concord Mills,” said Trisha Ruf, general manager of Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “We look forward to providing families visiting the mall with an interactive, educational experience they won’t find anywhere else in our area.”

Already home to an impressive array of popular family-friendly dining and entertainment venues, Concord Mills features several eateries, such as Dave & Buster’s, Chili’s Too and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza. Visitors can also relax and catch a movie at AMC 24-Screen Theatres / IMAX and test their go-kart skills at Concord Mills’ iconic attraction, The SPEEDPARK.

Concord Mills has gained national prominence for its unmatched selection of retailers. Shoppers enjoy a variety of stores such as American Eagle Outfitters Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, The Children’s Place Outlet, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, The Limited Outlet, Michael Kors Outlet, Old Navy Outlet and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Other recently announced new additions opening in the coming months include Torrid, J.Crew Factory, Buckle and a first-in-state location from Janie and Jack Outlet.

For more information about Concord Mills or a complete list of retailers, please call (704) 979-3000 or visit www.concordmills.com. Concord Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConcordMills) and on Twitter @ConcordMillsNC.

About Concord Mills

As the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina, Concord Mills brings together over 200 stores, plus great dining and family entertainment options. Popular retailers include Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH,Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, LEGO Brand Retail Store and the only Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in the state. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment at Chili’s Too, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, AMC 24 Theatres, Dave & Buster’s and The SPEEDPARK. Adding a new dimension to its unique shopping experience, during spring 2014 Concord Mills will debut SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord.

Concord Mills is located 10 miles north of uptown Charlotte, at exit 49 off of Interstate 85. Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Concord Mills, please call (704) 979-3000 or visit www.concordmills.com.  Concord Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConcordMills)  and on Twitter @ConcordMillsNC.

About Sea Life Charlotte-Concord

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is a one-story, 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction will allow visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with over 5,000 sea creatures. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is the sixth SEA LIFE aquarium launched in the U.S. and is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord

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