Giuliana and Bill Rancic host Fashion’s Night Out
On Thursday, Sept. 8, The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, in partnership with The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, will host an only-in-Vegas Fashion’s Night Out event.
Celebrity power couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic will guide guests through the season’s most talked-about fashion tips and trends; the festivities kick-off at 6 p.m. on level two of The Shoppes at The Palazzo near Chloè and Piazza Sempione.
“Bill and I are thrilled to host Fashion’s Night Out at The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. It’s no secret that fashion is a passion of mine and Las Vegas retail ranks among the best. The city is home to many of the world’s top designer brands and The Shoppes at The Palazzo is easily one of my favorite places to indulge in some retail therapy,” said the “E! News” and “Fashion Police” host and Style Network reality star, Giuliana Rancic. “Barneys New York, Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin are just a few of the designers on board. We look forward to a successful Fashion’s Night Out — Vegas style!”
The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian are owned and managed by General Growth Properties, and join other GGP malls across the country celebrating Fashion’s Night Out, including Honolulu, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Boston and Miami.
Good night, Irene. Good morning, Paris.
As Hurricane Irene raged up the East Coast over the weekend of Aug. 26-28, Apple — like many retailers strategically positioned in the storm’s path — turned out the lights on its New York-area stores, including all three Manhattan locations, New Jersey and Connecticut, to shield itself from Irene’s wrath.
But on the same day it temporarily shuttered its East Coast stores, Apple officially opened locations in North Carolina, Arkansas and, yes, France.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, the company grand-opened Arkansas’s first-ever Apple store, in Little Rock at The Promenade at Chenal. It also opened North Carolina’s fifth Apple store — in Charlotte at Northlake Mall. And it opened France’s new Apple store — the country’s ninth — located just south of Paris, at the Centre commercial régional.
Saturday’s three openings are helping the retailer reach its goal of 30 new stores by Sept. 30. Sixteen down, 14 to go.
Check out the France opening on this YouTube video here.
South Florida Super Target gains convenience edge
America is on sale for foreign tourists thanks to the weak U.S. dollar, and it has been a boon for retailers who operate stores in key destinations. Nowhere was this phenomenon more evident than last week when Tiffany & Co. reported spectacular second quarter results that were aided by a 41% sales increase at its flagship New York store. That location is frequented by tourists, and so is the Saks flagship New York location, which reported a second quarter comp increase in the neighborhood of 15%.
With foreign tourists coming to the United States with bags of money and buying all sorts of goods to take home, a new service has been added at Simon Property Group’s Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in South Florida, and it stands to benefit Target. Shoppers at the expansive mall with 350 stores can now take advantage of an in-mall bag storage and shipping service called Bags To Go.
The way it works is shoppers visit drop off locations near Super Target, the Bloomingdale’s outlet or Burlington Coat Factory where they have the option of sending their bags directly to the airport or having them shipped to anywhere in the United States or select worldwide destinations. The service is provided by Bags To Go Enterprises, an off-airport check-in, baggage storage, and baggage claim and delivery firm founded in 1999 and authorized by the Transportation Security Administration.
“This marks our first launch into a retail destination and we are confident that Sawgrass Mills’ shoppers will embrace our services,” said Keith Wiater, founder of Bags To Go Enterprises. “Because of Sawgrass Mills’ huge number of shoppers, which includes an impressive draw of people from around the world, we estimate that many will take advantage of our options to check, store or ship their bags through us.”
It costs $10 to store bags in a tagged-and -sealed storage bag, and when shoppers are ready they simply call, text, or send an email and a Bags To Go representative delivers their purchases curbside or to the designated parking spaces located between Super Target and BrandsMart USA.
Sawgrass Mills bills itself as the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center in the United States with 350 name-brand outlet and off-price retail stores, two food courts, six full-service restaurants and entertainment venues such as Gameroom and Sawgrass 23 Stadium & IMAX. Some of the signature tenants include Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Escada, Guess, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stuart Weitzman, Theory, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.