Irvine Spectrum Center Does Restaurant Week

227restaurantHungry? No wonder: it’s Orange County Restaurant Week. Or maybe it’s just time for a snack break.

Orange County shopping centers are getting in on Restaurant Week in a big way this year. For one week, the top 100+ restaurants in the city offer prix fixe menus at $10, $15 or $20 for one person for lunch and $20, $30 or $40 per person for dinner. Diners can introduce themselves to the best food the city has to offer without breaking the bank, and they don’t even need to worry about what to order.

A number of Orange County centers have restaurants participating, but two in particular have teamed up with the event for tasty feature spots. Irvine Spectrum Center is noted as offering a Spectrum of Tastes, with five participating restaurants highlighted on the event website. Fashion Island is noted as having Southern California’s Finest Dining on the Coast, and also has five participating restaurants.

Does your city offer a dining event like this? Consider working with participating restaurants to give satisfied diners a reason to spend their dinner savings with your retailers.

Written by Nissa on February 26, 2014 – 6:01 pm -
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Redmond Town Center Rallies Seahawks Fans

130seahawksThe Seattle Seahawks are just days away from the Super Bowl now, but on January 18 the team was still one game from securing its stop in the big game. Redmond Town Center got shoppers and Seahawks fans together for the Volume 12 Fan Rally.

Volume 12 is a fan organization dedicated to making sure Seahawks fans are some of the best fans around. The fans themselves are considered ‘the 12th man,’ or the honorary 12th player in the game.

The rally included musical performances by Midstokke Music, followed by a fan dedication by Volume 12. The group dedicated the recent Guiness World Record for loudest crowd cheer to the 12th Man—for the record, a cheer of 137.6 decibels.

Former Seahawks players showed up to cheer their team on to their winning game, including Norm Johnson, Joe Tafoya, and Kerry Carter. The evening also featured special performances by rising hip hop stars Eric Keith and LaVell, and superstar recording artist Xola Malik (best known as Kid Sensation).

Written by Nissa on January 29, 2014 – 6:14 pm -
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Tanger Outlet Tilton Makes Major Donation

102tangerThe Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton, NH is sharing a bit of good news to kick off the new year: the center managed to raise $29,960.35 for the battle against breast cancer, during its 2013 PinkStyle Campaign.

That money was donated to LRGHealthcare during a special ceremony.

“It takes all of us working together with a common focus and determination to find a cure for this terrible disease,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer for Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “I am proud of our Tanger Team members in Tilton for their continued hard work in fighting breast cancer and I thank our shoppers for supporting Tanger’s mission to find a cure.”

During the PinkStyle campaign, shoppers could give a $5 donation to local breast cancer beneficiaries. In exchange for their generosity, they received 5 special pink savings cards that gave them bonus savings at participating stores. Alongside the Pink Card promotion, over 900 shoppers participated in the center’s 5th Annual Fit For A Cure 5K Run/Walk.

“The doctors and staff at LRGHealthcare understand and value the importance of early detection in regard to breast and other cancers. Funds raised from this year’s Tanger 5K and PinkStyle Campaign will help LRGHealthcare as we continue to provide state-of-the-art technology to patients right here in the Lakes and Three Rivers Regions,” said LRGHealthcare President and CEO Tom Clairmont. “We are extremely grateful to [center general manager] Eric Proulx and the entire Tanger team for their dedication and generosity.”

Written by Nissa on January 1, 2014 – 10:42 am -
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Dolphin Mall Recruits Signing Santa

1218iceGoing to see Santa at the mall is a time-honored tradition, but the Santa experience isn’t always that welcoming for some children. That’s why programs like Caring Santa exist—to provide a safe, comfortable environment for children with special needs to visit with the man in red.

Dolphin Mall is one mall that has earned media attention for providing a similar opportunity, this one designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. At the center’s Signing Santa event, children from Miami-Dade County Schools were able to visit Santa and share their holiday wishes with him in American Sign Language with parents and reporters watching on.

CBS News was there, and shared many of the children’s stories.

This year, for the first time in her life, 11-year-old Fabiola Awad got to tell Santa her Christmas wishlist, in her own language: American Sign Language.

And what a wishlist it is.

“Well, I told him that I wanted a pony, and an iPhone and iPad 2,” Awad said through a translator.

Fabiola is one of dozens of kids who are deaf or hard of hearing who came from different Miami-Dade schools to interact with this signing Santa.

The children otherwise enjoyed the same holiday experience as their hearing peers: the chilly Ice Palace grotto, footage from BBC Earth’s “Frozen Planet,” and entertainment from Microsoft Windows holiday brand ambassadors. The center’s Ice Palace is presented by Windows.

Written by Nissa on December 18, 2013 – 4:45 pm -
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Have any New Year’s resolutions?

01152009.gifAh, January. The month in which most of us make a plan to lose weight (or get fit, or stop smoking, or…), get off track after about a week, and feel ashamed whenever the television reminds us that we’ve failed. Isn’t it lovely?

Some shopping centers are taking a healthier look at our New Years resolution habits. Ward Centers in Hawaii, US,  is helping shoppers keep their vows to quit smoking. The American Lung Association of Hawaii recently spent a day at the shopping center, handing out free Survival Kits for those trying to quit. Shoppers who picked up a kit and completed a survey were also eligible to win prize, including $25 Ward Centers gift cards.

Westfield is also getting in on our resolutions at a number of its shopping centers. The center websites cover a number of common resolutions – saving money, spending more time with loved ones, losing weight, and more – and offer suggestions of mall retailers that can help shoppers meet their goals. Some of them may be a bit of a stretch (how many of us have resolved to update our wardrobes this year, I wonder), but the idea works pretty well.

Written by Nissa on January 14, 2009 – 5:55 pm -
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