Recently malls have offered lounge areas in their corridors where you’ll find a throw rug, leather arm chairs, maybe a couch, and a handful of husbands camping out until their wives resurface with the credit cards at which time they become porters, carrying all goods purchased out to the vehicle.
I for one know that I get tired when shopping and I usually like to have a game plan, but it also helps to have a partner who works at the same pace.
John and I have been told, “those who blog together, stay together,” but could the same be said for shopping?
I actually enjoy strolling through the halls of commerce with John as a) he’ll tell me when something looks darn good b) he’ll also tell me when it looks horrible and in turn I offer him the same brutal honesty when it comes to his purchase decisions.
This is how our partnership works and I think that all of these elements combined make the addition of an Apple Store next to an H&M in Pacific Centre (downtown Vancouver) ingenious. It’s the modern, hip, geekoid version of putting a Linens n’ Things right next to a Home Depot.
Apple Store Vancouver: Opening day August 19, 2008 (source)
Update: Apple Store Opening May 24th, 2008! (source)
H&M Vancouver: Opening day May 22, 2008 @ 12:00pm (source)
John’s been an Apple fanboy since birth (you can even read about it last year’s Vancouver View Magazine) and after my inaugeral iPod mini purchase four years ago I’ve been a slowly yet and steadily converting. I’d say with a Powerbook, MacBook, iMac, iPod Mini (x2), iPod Nano, iPhone and my Mac Mini at work, that I’d done a pretty good job on the conversion so far.
Putting the Apple Store next to H&M might be like setting up a mid-mall lounge for tired partners, offering a buffer zone for each person with a mission (albeit one of the missions is usually to rest tired feet… or a tired pocketbook). You might even expect to see two people enter the mall and immediately split off, one person turning 90 degrees and heading to the Apple Store, “see you in an hour honey!” and the other making a b-line to H&M. However when it comes to the Vancouver Bollwitts, I think we’re both equally interested in each of these retail meccas.
New York, London, Toronto, Boston, and Coquitlam, BC are all locations of H&M at which I have had the pleasure of handing over cold hard cash to take home piles of great-fitting, stylish finds. With Apple, I’ve only been to the store in Cambridge, MA and Lynnwood, Washington but I can’t wait to add Vancouver to both of those lists and to visit both stores with my partner(s) in crime.
[Hat tip: Keira and Victoria for posting the opening date of the H&M in Pacific Centre and Paul for writing about the Apple Store.]