UNIQLO Opens In Willow Grove Mall Today

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Shoppers clamor to get into Willow Grove Mall’s new UNIQLO store, left, and a look at the setup, right.

Just one week ago, UNIQLO opened its Rittenhouse doors with a flurry of activity that included runway shows, carnival games and a free Questlove performance. Today’s opening at the Willow Grove Park Mall (located on level three, near Nordstrom Rack) is decidedly less flashy—it is a mall, after all—but still worth checking out. Even sans Questlove.

Goodies continue all weekend.

Retail Roundup: The City’s Newest Stores

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Shoppist is always abuzz with news of store openings, so here’s a roundup of the latest in Philly.

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We told you months ago that Uniqlo at 1608 Chestnut would be opening this fall, but Shoppist had the first peek inside before the store launched this past Friday. If you haven’t been there yet, expect to see three fully-stocked floors (basement too) and a mezzanine with the largest mismatched color floor in the country!

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PHOTOS: Questlove at Uniqlo Philly Love Fest

To celebrate the grand opening of its flagship store in downtown Philadelphia, at 1608 Chestnut Street, UNIQLO hosted a community-themed event at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park.

A fusion of Tokyo and Philadelphia culture, the ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ was an afternoon of activities for guests—everything from Japanese lantern-making and face-painting in the traditional Japanese styles of anime, manga and kabuki in Philadelphia team colors to Philadelphia bucket drummers and a DJ set by The Roots drummer—and Philly native—Questlove, which was punctuated with a performance by local break dancers.

There were also lots of carnival games where guests played to win UNIQLO gift cards, food truck vouchers and other UNIQLO prizes. There were food trucks serving up delicacies influenced by both Tokyo and Philly, including SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks, & Pork and Street Food Philly.

See some of my photos from the afternoon below:



DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:

Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Five Fabulous Gay Fall Fashion Finds for $70 Or Less (Guy Edition)

From Uniqlo.

From Uniqlo.

Okay, we admit it: our 2014 summer fashion photo shoot was a lot of fun, but when it came to the price tags of the clothes, the vast majority of our readers couldn’t even think about purchasing anything we featured. Now that things have taken a dramatic turn for the cool, I wanted to feature some fun seasonally-appropriate clothing that can be purchased locally and that won’t require that you break open your piggy bank.

This Fall transitional period is a great time to stock up on some basics, and my picks below can all be found either in Center City or a quick trip to either Cherry Hill Mall or King of Prussia. Check out what made the cut. And, ladies, don’t worry: I have a similar feature coming out for you on Monday!



 

UNIQLO Now Planning Four Area Stores

UNIQLOThe extremely trendy and fairly inexpensive clothing retailer UNIQLO is invading the region: first, a store opened in the King of Prussia Mall. Then stores were announced for Center City’s Chestnut Street and the Willow Grove Park Mall. Now, Shoppist reports that the Tokyo-based company is coming to South Jersey as well, to the Cherry Hill Mall:

A rep confirms that the store will open on September 26th, just a week before the October 3rd opening at 1608 Chestnut Street. It will be on the main level, sandwiched between a Bath & Body Works and an Abercrombie & Fitch. If you’re counting, this is four UNIQLO stores to open region in less than a year. World domination next? (Or maybe just Delaware.)

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Your First Look at Uniqlo’s Massive New Rittenhouse Location

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Four levels; 29,000 square feet; a whole lot of clothes. | Photo by Victoria Stern

I recently toured the building at 1608 Chestnut Street, former site of the Art Institute and future site of the a vast Uniqlo store, slated to open on October 3rd. The store is still in the throes of construction — the Uniqlo team is doing a massive gut-job — but even in its bare-bones state, it’s impressive.

First, there’s the size factor: At 29,000 square feet and four floors, the store dwarfs most others around it. When it’s finished, over 60 LED monitors and tickers will display merchandise and style visuals. (I imagine it will look like the shopping version of Times Square, but in a less grossly touristy way.)

All that space also means that the store has more real estate for the company’s awesome MoMA collaboration and SPRZ New York collection, a line of art-inspired items, most of them tees splashed with frame-worthy art prints. (The Rittenhouse store is the only store other than New York that will have a dedicated area for this.) What this means for shoppers: More art-centric buys alongside the colorful classics you’ve come to love.

Click here to see pics and get details about exactly what they’ll be carrying.

Morning Headlines: Realtors and Architects Excluded From Yesterday’s Elections

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Election results and the legalization of gay marriage have basically taken most of the headlines today, but let’s see what we can dig up on in the worlds of real estate and design.

Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors: new restaurant with enraging punctuation and syntax (though Fiona Apple would probably be into it) opens on 13th Street. [Foobooz]
Jon Stewart Slams Philly, Cheesesteaks, Art Museum, Phanatic: He won’t have those stairs to mock for long if Frank Gehry’s plan gets realized. [Philly Mag]

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