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Swarovski dazzles in Vegas; shoppers can ‘barter’ for goods at new store

BY Marianne Wilson

Las Vegas — A giant “starburst ” a 14-ft.-diameter structure composed of 911 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres that put on a dazzling show at midnight, is the sparkling centerpiece of Las Vegas’ newest retail destination, Grand Bazaar Shops. The starburst, was created for — and towers above—the outdoor center’s new Swarovski store, whose exterior is composed of dozens of large, angular facets designed to make it resemble a cut crystal.

In keeping with the Grand Bazaar theme, the boutique features Swarovski’s first-ever “bartering window,” allowing shoppers to negotiate the price they pay for select items. Among the items slated to be featured in the barter window are limited-edition pieces such as crystallized Beats Headphones; a Martin custom-designed crystal classic acoustic guitar; a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and crystallized white, black and pink skulls. The merchandise terms which visitors can barter will change from day to day.

Every midnight, the starburst puts on a three-minute light-and-sound show with the light choreographed to music. A large video screen is embedded into the façade of the Swarovski boutique. Evocative scenes from exotic bazaars, together with the Starburst’s more than 1,800 points of LED light, are choreographed to the original score.

The store interior boasts hand-selected finishes — such as linen, paper and burlap forms and inlays — throughout, as well as crystal-enhanced glass spheres suspended from the ceiling. Specially crafted panels provide an artful platform for the presentation of Swarovski jewelry and décor.

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Davidoff of Geneva to open flagship at MetWest International mixed-use center

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Tampa, Fla. — Davidoff of Geneva has announced the opening of a flagship store in its Tampa, Florida, hometown. The company signed a 5,000-sq.-ft. lease at MetWest International in Tampa’s Westshore Business District. It is slated to open in late 2015.

Situated in the MetWest International retail village, the new store will be the largest Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 store in the world and the company’s first licensed boutique in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas. It is opening in partnership with Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz, owners of Orlando-based Corona Cigar Company.

The new Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 will feature a completely humidified store filled with premium cigar retail space, multiple lounges both indoor and out, private lockers, as well as an elegant full service bar serving premium alcoholic beverages.

“Davidoff will be a wonderful complement to the world-class restaurants at MetWest International,” said Kalyn Brandewie of Florida Retail Partners, an X Team Partner and exclusive leasing agent.

MetWest International is a mixed-use center being developed by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza in the Westshore Business District, MetWest International includes One MetroCenter, MetWest One and MetWest Two. A third office building will be started as demand dictates. Four restaurants — Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Kona Grill, Texas de Brazil and Del Frisco’s Grille — located their first Tampa locations in the project’s retail village. When complete, the pedestrian-friendly, urban-oriented development will include nearly 1million sq. ft. of class A office space, a 74,200-sq.-ft. retail village, a full-service upscale hotel and 254 residential units.

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dd’s Discounts to open in Waco, Texas

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dublin, Calif. — dd’s Discounts, a division of Ross Stores, Inc., will open a new store in Waco, Texas. The new store is slated to open Feb. 28 and is located in the Parkdale Shopping Center at North Valley Mills Drive and Bosque Boulevard, 13 miles southwest of Baylor University.

Texas is the retailer’s second largest state with a total of 32 stores. Including this new location, dd’s Discounts will operate over 155 locations in 15 states.

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