Robina Town Centre Launches Lush, Tropical Fashion Season

918robinaSpring may be just beginning in Australia, but Robina Town Centre is already thinking about the lush, hot days of summer with its Spring/Summer 2014 launch event, inspired entirely by the tropics.

At the launch event this week, the center will transform into a lush, tropical oasis. VIP guests will be treated to an evening of tropical-inspired cocktails and canapés, all free. There will be prizes and cool beats from guest DJ BRICKS, and that all leads into the season’s big runway show, featuring a taste of the tropics and key trends of the season, from white to metallic, pretty pastels and head-turning tropical prints.

The center is bringing creative director Kelli Wharton of designer label Talulah for a special appearance at the SS14 launch event. Wharton will share her trend forecasts for summer, styling tips and design inspiration for Talulah’s tropical, feminine swim and resort collection. Hairdressing extraordinaire and founder of the successful Oscar Oscar salon brand Oscar Cullinan will also reveal the hottest and need-to-know hair trends of the season.

For the first two weeks of this exciting fashion season, the center will be home to a customized, pop-up Style Van decorated in one of Talulah’s SS14 prints. Center retailers will take over the space during those first two weeks, offering expert style consultations, hair and make-up tutorials, mixology classes and cooking demonstrations. Then the Style Van hits the streets to bring SS14 fashion to the masses at Gold Coast hot spots.

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Southcentre Hides Prizes All Around Calgary

918southcentreThe month of September has been a giant scavenger hunt for Calgary residents, as Southcentre and Virgin Radio team up to give away $40,000 in center gift cards.

Every Saturday and Sunday this month, the radio station is blasting its social media feeds with photo clues. The clues point to five shopping bags stashed all over the city: in parks, stadiums, shopping areas and public buildings. The clues show all five locations, and Virgin Radio updates with a new set of clues every half hour until all five bags are found.

Shoppers who manage to decipher the clues just have to reach the shopping bag first to win a $1000 gift certificate to the center. With ten each weekend, that’s $40,000 over the course of the month.

Shoppers and listeners have been having a great time with the hunt, even though only one person can find each bag. Perhaps most importantly, both the center and the radio station have been quick to remind participants to drive responsibly and play nice: so far, it seems that everyone has followed those vital instructions.

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The Street Brings Happy Art to Shoppers

918happyThis week, The Street in Chestnut Hill is launching a public art installation with the help of partner Art Production Fund. The installation is the creation of Deborah Kass, an artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture and art history.

The installation was commissioned specifically for the property, and includes 39 banners including some of Kass’s most iconic works C’mon Get Happy, Forget Your Troubles, Sweet Thing, and Let The Sunshine In. Kass’s OY YO will be on display as a billboard. Visitors to the center will be able to take a cell phone tour of the works given by Kass herself.

It’s the first of a series of outdoor exhibitions at the retail project, paving the way for rotating installations in 2015.

“WS Development’s desire to push the boundaries of the retail experience is beautifully fulfilled by this partnership with Art Production Fund. At each of our properties, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that exceeds expectations, brings the community together, and gives people a place to discover and explore. There is no better way to meet this goal than by giving our visitors the joy of discovering such evocative artists. We want to make people smile,” says Samantha David Head of the Up Markets division of WS Development.

“Our partnership with WS Development brings the important message of contemporary art to venues that are not typically associated with such public art projects,” said Art Production Fund Co-Founders Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal. “We were inspired by the prospect of working in uncharted territories and within unexpected forums, and hope that these works engage their respective local communities.”

Pictured: C’mon Get Happy- Courtesy of Deborah Kass and Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Newlands Hosts Puppet Fest

918punchThis Saturday, Newlands Shopping Centre will be filled with family fun as the Witham International Puppet Festival arrives.

Newlands will host some of the festival’s biggest puppet shows, including a series of Punch & Judy shows, a Chinese Lion show and more.

Lucy Mitchell, Marketing Manager at NewRiver Retail, owners of the Newlands Shopping Centre, said, “Witham International Puppet Festival is a fantastic and notably free day out for all ages. Packed with a range of fantastic entertainments, including some internationally acclaimed acts, the festival attracts all ages from near and far. As always we’re delighted to be a part of the famous International Puppet Festival – each year the event creates a buzz and it’s a real talking point in Witham and beyond!”

The center is also using the opportunity to promote its ShopperSelfie contest. Shoppers can take a selfie at the festival, connect to the center’s free WiFi and post it to the Newlands Facebook or Twitter feeds for a chance to win a NOW TV bundle.

Mark Squire, Town Clerk at Witham Town Council, added, “Witham Town Council is once again delighted to host the annual Witham International Puppet Festival. We have a record 24 performers this year, from all over the country and abroad, ranging from storytelling with puppetry, fun walkabout acts and spectacular stilt puppetry. We are particularly grateful to NewRiver Retail for their continued sponsorship for events at the Newlands Shopping Centre and their active involvement in the Witham community. At Newlands Shopping Centre there will be continual performances including Punch and Judy and a Chinese Lion. It’s a great free day out for all the family and we look forward to seeing you there.”

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ICSC Launches SPREE Canada at Canadian Convention

918spreeOne of the benefits of ICSC’s acquisition of select assets of Punnacle Publishing Group is that it can bring those assets to an even larger audience. For example, the organization is bringing the Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo (SPREE) to Canada for the first time.

It’s debuting as part of the annual Canadian Convention next week, on September 22-24 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. SPREE is the trade show for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail sector, and it’s already established as a must-attend event in the United States. SPREE’s Canadian debut is specifically designed to address the nuances of the Canadian specialty retail industry, attracting retailers from across the region.

“With the success of SPREE USA in Las Vegas, ICSC is endeavoring to bring this event to other markets around the world, and bring new sectors within the industry to our members,” said Patricia Norins, vice president, specialty retail, ICSC. “Canada is our first stop, and this event will showcase exciting new products, services and locations that are a great fit for expanding Canadian retailers,” she added.

The event is free for Canadian Convention attendees, so if you’re already planning to attend the convention, make sure to check it out. It will feature educational seminars and panels that are designed not only for specialty retailers but also specialty leasing managers. SPREE will also add 5,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space to the trade show’s exhibition.

“The exhibit hall will provide an important deal making opportunity, under one roof, for this critical segment of the industry,” said Norins. “The Canadian specialty retail industry has specific needs that have not yet been fully addressed. Now we will be able to provide educational content that is in complete alignment with what is happening in the marketplace,” she concluded.

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