4 Must-See Shopping Experiences
"New" Ways to Shop 'Til You Drop
When the going gets tough, the tough, as they say, go shopping. For those who consider shopping a sport, an event, or an adventure, here are four renovated, revamped, and rediscovered shopping hotspots changing the ways we buy:
Imagine trying something on and instantly learning more about it? That's what's shaping the next generation of integrated retail experiences for UGG®, the Australian footwear company.
In the newest UGG stores, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags allow consumers to activate digital content on 65-inch HD touchscreens as they try on merchandise. The screens "sense" what you're wearing and show you the information you might find on the website, including other colors available and similar styles bought by customers who liked the looks you're wearing.
Off the Eaten Path
For more than two decades, No Taste Like Home in Asheville, North Carolina, has taken a different approach to gourmet food shopping: They take customers "out to eat" in the great outdoors, showing diners how to incorporate free, local, wild food into their diet though foraging.
A tour with this “u-pick" forage-to-table company includes a woodland shopping spree followed by a wild-food picnic where you can sample what's picked and cooked. It's what they call "find dining."
Hit the Jackpot
In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip is The Shops at Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot shopping mecca next to ARIA Resort & Casino that's dedicated exclusively to high-end brands like Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, and more.
Those wanting to shop like a rock star will appreciate the plaza's VIP atmosphere and its upscale, interactive elements. Shoppers can experience a facial or hand paraffin treatment at the French beauty brand Sisley's first standalone boutique in North America, or enjoy an unforgettable "Girls Night Out Party" filled with a champagne reception, private fittings, and salon games at Kiki de Montparnasse.
Here's a shopping hub with a rich history in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the end of the legendary trade route that's been called the "mother of the railroad." It's the Santa Fe Railyard Depot, which dates back to 1880 and is now home to diverse shopping venues, including women's clothing, gift, and antique shops, as well as numerous art galleries. Local artists and businesses began to revitalize the district in 2008, and a full blossoming has occurred over the last two years. Today, it boasts shopping experiences enhanced by a full calendar of special events and cultural opportunities like free concerts, festivals, and more.
Whether you experience the latest interactive technology or buy into a revitalized piece of history, the shopping landscape is ever evolving. Happy (bargain) hunting!
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Photo: Moment Open/Getty Images | Janene Mascarella is a New York-based freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, CNN, Cosmopolitan, BELLA, Parade, Self, Glamour, Health, Parenting, Working Mother, USA TODAY, and more.