CBL malls in the Midwest give back through National Random Acts of Kindness Week
Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CBL & Associates Properties said that eleven of its malls in the Midwestern U.S. handed out 6,000 gifts during National Random Acts of Kindness week, Feb. 14-20.
The program is designed to give back to the community and support local nonprofit groups.
“Customers were absolutely thrilled when they were given a gift as they walked through their community mall,” said Sean Phillips, CBL regional marketing director for the Midwest. “When we gave away a year’s worth of Chick-fil-A meals to a family at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, the shoppers were so excited they ‘paid it forward’ by handing out some of the gift cards to others.”
To implement the program, each shopping center partnered with a local nonprofit organization, engaging volunteers to help surprise shoppers with the giveaways. A group of five malls in the St. Louis area worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Other participating organizations included: Watered Gardens, a homeless shelter in Joplin, Mo.; Harvesters Food Bank in Overland Park, Kan.; The Humane Society in Terre Haute, Ind.; Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Ill.; and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Decatur, Ill., and Little Rock, Ark.
More than 6,000 gifts, valued at over $30,000, were given away, and included gift cards from retailers, restaurants and eateries, as well as jewelry, stuffed animals, beauty services and more.
Jack Rogers opens its first-ever store
New York City — Jack Rogers, the brand best known for its Navajo-inspired sandals, has opened its first retail store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
The 1,200-sq.-ft. shop features the company’s expanding merchandise lineup, which includes a variety of women’s footwear, accessories, and even some apparel.
The store, designed by New York City-based a+i design, has a nearly all-white interior, with black-oak flooring.
Amerlux opens facility in China
Fairfield, N.J. — Amerlux Global Lighting Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions Co. Ltd., its new facility in China, as well as a Hong Kong sales office. The Guangzhou location was officially launched on Feb. 15 with an elaborate traditional Chinese ceremony.
Set against a backdrop of floral bouquets and banners in traditionally lucky colors, the opening ceremony was visually stunning. One of the highlights was the unforgettable “Blessing of the Lions” which dates back to the Han Dynasty in 205 B.C. To bestow good luck onto the new venture, the “lions” danced to the accompaniment of ancient Chinese percussion instruments and were “fed” lettuce to invite prosperity.
Frank P. Diassi, chairman and founder of Amerlux, said that the opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions represents the company’s full commitment to international expansion and to enhancing Amerlux’s service to worldwide customers. “As global markets continue to open up, our company is strategically positioned to grow exponentially throughout the Far East and all over the world,” he said.