H&M Vancouver and the Apple Store, a Match Made in Heaven

Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

Photo credit: kanaka on Flickr

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.

Photo credit: Paul Hillsdon on Flickr

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.

Photo credit: Greg Andrews on Flickr

H&M pacific centre location

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.]

12 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. MarinaFriday, May 2nd, 2008 — 9:28am PDT

    Apple store in Vancouver? Yey! A bit scary too considering this could be *very* dangerous for me.

    As for shopping with the hubby, Dan and I are the perfect shopping match – we both dislike it but when necessary, we too work together. Our trips to the mall are always the same, regardless of the mall: HMV, EB Games, Chapters and the electronics store – be it FS or BB. Always together, always in that order. We are so predictable.

  2. crunchy carpetsFriday, May 2nd, 2008 — 9:54am PDT

    FINALLY…H&M…I trooped out once to the coquitlam one.


  3. fotoeinsFriday, May 2nd, 2008 — 10:47am PDT

    The Apple Store in Pac Centre is loads brilliant.

    I’m expecting to see pictures of folks queued in front (of both stores) for their door-crasher specials or debuts.

  4. JennyFriday, May 2nd, 2008 — 11:08am PDT

    Shopping with your partner is a good test of a relationship. We actually have a great time shopping together, we both offer honest opinions and have a great eye for what will look good on each other.

  5. Tyler IngramFriday, May 2nd, 2008 — 7:17pm PDT

    Ah so what I read back in the day about it going into Pacific Centre was truth! Cool. Glad to know! I went to the Apple Store when I was in Cupertino actually. There were 14 employees and just me and one of my buddies. We had 5 employees ask us if we needed any help. The funny thing was, the store wasn’t very big.

  6. gusgreeperSaturday, May 3rd, 2008 — 7:07pm PDT

    was seriously disappointed in the Lougheed H&M only got one shirt and the stuff sucked abc was there and we all know he has taste. everything looks like it is for pregnant women this year which is fine if you are pregnant. am REALLY hoping the DT one is better. have been told all the stores are different no idea if that is actually true? i did see at least three things raymi owns while in there though 😛

  7. Derek K. MillerSaturday, May 3rd, 2008 — 9:58pm PDT

    Any idea why it would take almost six months to build an Apple Store?

  8. colleenMonday, May 5th, 2008 — 2:39am PDT

    i dun care abt the apple store, but i suspect h&M will see me monthly. I’ve been to two in NYC, 1 in LA, and 1 in Helsinki, and always come away with GREAT finds. I. can.not.wait. THIS is what i’ve been waiting for all May. srsly.

  9. JMonday, May 12th, 2008 — 3:41pm PDT

    The timeline for the Apple store seems WAYYYYYYY off. They’ve done all their hiring and are starting to train their staff – my boyfriend being one of them. Granted, even the new hirees have been left in the dark thus far about the exact opening date, however it has been implied that it is *soon*… Why would they train people 4 months in advance of the stores opening? Why would the H&M store open in the space next to it months ahead of time?

    Apple store will be open by mid June.

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  11. RobertoTuesday, May 20th, 2008 — 4:38pm PDT

    Palluxo! has revised the date, it’s coming earlier than anticipated:



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