Aventura Mall Now Offers International Baggage Shipping

1030aventuraHave you ever been shopping on a trip and realized that there’s no way you’re going to get all your purchases home and stay within your baggage limits? Aventura Mall is looking to make that dilemma a thing of the past with its newly launched service: international baggage shipping.

The center is popular with international tourists, so this program is a natural extension of its roster of tourist-friendly services. It’s partnering with Bags To Go, a company that already provides baggage shipping to passengers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

With the company’s help, Aventura Mall can now offer shoppers the ability to store their bags and luggage, ship packages domestically or internationally, and schedule same-day, local deliveries to their home or hotel.

“Aventura Mall draws millions of shoppers from across the globe each year, therefore expanding our customer service platforms is important,” said Anabel Llopis, senior director of sales and marketing. “The addition of these new services will provide an even more enjoyable shopping experience.”

The service is one of the offerings of the center’s recently-debuted Visitor Center by MasterCard, which also offers multilingual ambassadors who guide visitors through their shopping experience, providing help with gift with purchase programs, personalized shopping assistance, currency exchange, and many other concierge services.

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The Forum Explores Egypt for Halloween

1030forumThe Forum Shopping Centre is holding a classic Halloween this Friday, with safe Trick-or-Treating, but rather than content itself with that the center has turned this whole week into a spook-tacular educational opportunity.

A very special Roman Golden Mummy replica, previously featured in Channel 5’s Golden Mummies Tomb Opening Live 2000, has been on display at CSI: Sittingbourne, a community conservation lab that has made its home in The Forum. Archaeological experts will be on hand at the center throughout the week to provide educational talks about the mystery and wonders of Egypt and expeditions that they have taken part in.

All week, while kids have been off for half-term holidays, the center and lab have held mummy-inspired events. On Monday, children could mummify their own toys for Halloween. On Tuesday, shoppers could chat with former Time Team Conservator Dana Goodburn-Brown about her archaeological expeditions, and hear Luciana Carvalho, Egyptology enthusiast and final year student of the MSC in Conservation for Archaeology & Museums at UCL, discuss her adventures as part of an archaeological dig in Egypt.

On Wednesday, children could mix art and archaeology to make their own Anglo-Saxon badge. Today the Sittingbourne Board Games Club runs games for shoppers all day.

And finally on Halloween, young shoppers can enjoy another mummy-making workshop, get their faces painted for a proper Halloween transformation, and enjoy a scavenger hunt to the sounds of spooky hits like Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“We are thrilled to be offering an educational perspective on Halloween as well as fun, entertaining activities. It will be fascinating to learn about ancient Egypt and we are very privileged to have such knowledgeable people here at the centre talking about their experiences during archaeological digs,” said Rachel Jenman, Centre Manager.

“I have no doubt there will be some interesting stories and I am really looking forward to it. The workshops will also be a great opportunity for children to not only learn about ancient Egypt and mummies but will also be able to take home their handmade crafts.”

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‘Twas the Night for The Core

1030twasThe CORE shopping center is preparing to kick off the holidays with a holiday tradition that’s marking the start of the season for more and more Calgarians each year: ‘Twas the Night, a night of celebration.

This year’s event, the fourth the center has held, takes place on November 27. That makes its celebration just the start of the Black Friday excitement, muted as that might be in Canada. The night, with all its discounts and exclusive one-night offers, is free for shoppers, but the center hopes each attendee will consider donating $10 to YMCA Calgary in an attempt to raise $15,000 or more for its community.

Attendees can expect to enjoy a red carpet experience with eTalk host Tanya Kim, free downtown parking, a copy of the center’s gift guide, and hourly draws as the night goes on. The CORE is playing a few cards close to its chest, but it’s sure that those are only the start of the holiday surprises the night will offer.

‘Twas the Night will also feature the lighting of the center’s iconic 45-foot Christmas tree.

Juno-nominated Jazz singer Matt Dusk will perform at the event, and has done his part to help promote the event as well with a video invitation:

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Cockburn Gateway Launches Redevelopment

1030cockburnThis week, Cockburn Gateway Shopping City is ready to celebrate: the center’s $100 million redevelopment is ready for its debut, and that calls for a party.

Contributing to the celebratory atmosphere will be many of the usual suspects: roving silt walkers, face painters, magicians and balloon twisters. DJs will keep the party going at selected retailers. 200 shoppers eager enough to arrive first to the launch will get gift bags to commemorate the big day.

New retailers are taking advantage of the opportunity to greet the community. The Active Living Room is welcoming Lorna Jane for a book signing of Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook, and will follow it up with giveaways, nourishing treats and a meet & greet with the author.

Target Australia will offer $10 gift cards to the first 500 customers through the door. Shoppers will also enjoy free coffee from the shop’s café. Meanwhile, Mexican taquería Guzman y Gomez is going big with a Free Burrito Day, which comes with moustache painting and a traditional mariachi band.

Of course, there would be no celebration without the redevelopment, which is a big deal for the community.

“We are thrilled to be launching a revitalised centre this week that is now home to 150 stores plus Target. What we have delivered is an exciting new shopping and food destination that caters to the growing needs of our community,” said Andrew Byars, General Manager Property Investment at the Perron Group.

“We are also proud of its many unique features including a community piazza area with eight restaurants, alfresco dining, a playground, water feature and stage area.This space will be a relaxed meeting place for visitors to grab a bite to eat, catch up with friends and enjoy a fun filled family outing during the upcoming summer evenings.

“In addition, the Eco-Charge Zone that allows owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars, plus recycling waste stations and a wind turbine on the centre’s new main street generating enough power to offset the Eco-Charge Zone,” he added.

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Dates to Remember: RECon 2015 and BCSC 2015

1030bcscHave your calendar at the ready? It’s time to note a couple key dates for next year.

ICSC RECon has been announced for 2015. It will take place from May 17-20 in its usual home at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The early bird deadline for registration is December 12, 2014, so you have some time to get your plans organized before losing out on that chance to save a bit on registration. There are more details available on the conference website.

BCSC 2015 has also been announced. It will take place next year on September 16 & 17 at Manchester Central. It’s a bit early for details yet, but you can sign up with the organization to get more information as it arrives—and accommodations are already being booked. Check out the website for more details.

Also of note: if you missed this year’s BCSC conference last month, you can purchase online access to presentation videos, transcripts and slides through BCSC. More information here.

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