Metropolis at Metrotown’s Black Friday One-Day Wonder

1120fridayMetropolis at Metrotown is getting ready for Black Friday as the retail holiday grows in Canada by the year. Dozens of center retailers have prepared massive deals for shoppers, many of which will be available over the course of the entire weekend.

To make the most of the day, the center has put together a few exciting giveaways. The first is for shoppers who make it in for Black Friday shopping: on November 28, Customer Service will reveal a winning keyword. Shoppers that text it to the center have a chance to win a $25,000 gift card. And shoppers that show up particularly early will have a chance to win smaller card prizes.

Until then, shoppers can hype themselves up with the center’s One Day Wonder competition. After signing in with their details, they can pick 6 shopping-themed items from a list of 45. It’s kind of like a traditional lottery: pick 6 numbers, and if they match the winning numbers, you win. In this case, you win a $100 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card. One particularly lucky shopper will win the grand prize of $1000.

With five picks a day, shoppers have good reason to keep checking back. And if they don’t win, at least they’ll be soothed by the deals next Friday.

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Westfield London Now Houses an Airplane

Early next year, Westfield London will be home to KidZania, a fascinating retail concept for kids. To prepare, the center had something of a unique experience as most of an airplane was airlifted into its premises.

An 18-meter, 16-ton A319 fuselage is KidZania London’s centerpiece, so there was nothing for it but to find a way for 20 specialists to get the British Airlines airplane into its new home.

When it’s done, it will be worth the trouble: kids will be able to put on their pilot uniforms and experience a life-like flight simulation. That’s the meat of the KidZania concept—a theme park where children can play at all kinds of real life jobs. KidZania London will be a 7,500 sq. ft. child-sized city with 65 unique activities to explore. Kids can earn the park’s currency by working fun takes on jobs like doctors or newspaper editors. They can spend that currency on small treats, taking part in a fantasy economy.

Regarding the airline’s part of the experience, Abigail Comber, British Airways’ head of marketing, said, “We’re so excited that KidZania is coming to London. It’s an experience we simply had to be part of. It brings children’s imagination and dreams to life in an entertaining and educational way. So many of our crew and pilots were inspired by flying from a young age – we hope to give that experience to the next generation, and what better way to do it?”

Check out the plane’s arrival:

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Khloe Kardashian Takes an Adventure to Santa at Glendale Galleria

Khloe Kardashian Visits Adventure To Santa, A DreamWorks DeamPlaEarlier this year, Tactics Magazine brought us the news that DreamWorks Animation was launching DreamPlace, a state-of-the-art holiday retail experience. Now the results of that plan have arrived in shopping centers.

Glendale Galleria was the first of five General Growth Properties malls to open a DreamPlace experience, dubbed Adventure to Santa. On November 6, the center welcomed Khloe Kardashian, star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” as the first celebrity guest to tour the house. She explored the 2000-square-foot, interactive cottage during a private opening event. She stopped to take photos with another big celebrity, the man in red himself.

Adventure to Santa is a 15-minute journey to the North Pole with Shrek and other DreamWorks friends. Guests begin their trip with a specially-provided passport and a stop at the North Pole Customs Shop, where they’re processed by one of Santa’s elves. From there, they’re guided through the cottage, enjoying fun, interactive activities like designing their own sleigh for a motion-based, virtual ride. At the end of the journey, Santa awaits, and shares a private visit with kids and their families.

“Some of our fondest holiday memories include meeting Santa to share our wish lists,” said Scott Morey, executive vice president, GGP. “Our partners at DreamWorks Animation bring an entirely new kind of magic to that experience. Their expertise, coupled with GGP’s commitment to continue to elevate the mall shopping experience truly makes this a must-see attraction at our malls.”

Best of all, the attraction is free. Shoppers can book an appointment to avoid the lines, and can buy a keepsake photo after the trip.

Because Adventure to Santa is a little more technically involved than Santa’s average village, the center has brought ADT aboard to provide security. The company is sponsoring the experience, providing ADT Pulse smart home technology to make sure the holiday journey is safe for everyone.

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Melbourne Central Packs Holiday Shopping into One Great Day

1120melbourneWhen you’re looking for the perfect gift, sometimes an off-the-shelf item from a department store just doesn’t feel unique enough. For those shoppers that are hooked on finding the perfect item for everyone on their lists, Melbourne Central is bringing in some truly different gifts with the help of RMIT University.

As part of its now-annual One Day Shopping Festival, the center is unveiling the RMIT Design Market. It will be filled with unique offerings from 20 of Melbourne’s best emerging artists and designers—RMIT students and established alumni.

RMIT is one of the world’s leading art and design universities. The market will include items from many disciplines, including textiles, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking, sculpture, homewares, and gold and silversmithing. If shoppers can’t find the perfect gift there—well, there’s always the rest of the One Day Shopping Festival, but the Market sounds like it’s going to be a great start.

Once they’re done there, shoppers can get ready for summer at the Nike Training Club with free classes or revamp their wardrobes for the season at the center’s free, 10-minute styling sessions. When it’s time for a break, the center’s Dining Hall will be transformed into a Holiday Food Hall with local vendors and foodies dishing up their wares alongside center dining options—or shoppers can swing by the Cupcake Central Wonder Bar, where they can customize their own cupcake with the help of N2Extreme Gelato.

For entertainment, shoppers can enjoy the fun of awkward Christmas photos with a photo booth full of silly costumes. They’ll also be able to follow clues to a treasure hunt of free gifts from around the center.

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Yas Mall Opens Its Doors

The grand opening that Yas Mall hyped up with its Red Bull racing ad is finally here: Abu Dhabi’s largest mall opened its doors earlier this week. It’s huge: 2.5 million square feet, over 300 stores—including the largest Debenhams outside of the UK—and more than 60 dining offers.

Before the opening, Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties PJSC commented, “The opening of Yas Mall is a major milestone for Aldar. The mall will add significantly to the Yas Island experience, complimenting attractions that include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the island’s seven hotels, as well as the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Links golf course, and Yas Waterworld. Starting 19th November, visitors will enjoy an unparalleled shopping experience, with a wide array of brands brought to the Capital and to the region for the first time. We are immensely proud as a company to bring this world-class retail and entertainment destination to Abu Dhabi.”

According to The National, shoppers were eager to explore:

“The first-day snags were easily forgiven, and even anticipated, by patrons who spent hours exploring the centre’s bright interior and airy, open design.

‘I know the culture here. I expect things to be started slow,’ said Mrs [Epu] Ahad. ‘I can see that some shops, even though the doors are open, they’re still not up and running. But it’s amazing.

‘They’ve almost got Dubai in Abu Dhabi now. I think this is a great achievement. They’ve opened a lot for the first day.’

The center’s launch ad is a little less exciting than its last one, but it sets the tone nicely:

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