Mother’s day is tomorrow and I must say I was running slightly out of time to narrow down my gift list for mom, but I did see something really great at On Time, Avenues mall and I liked it. On Time has a Mother’s day Collection (a collection specifically for Mother’s day which is tomorrow) and it comes in the cutest package! I know any mother will be happy to have one.
So if you still haven’t got anything for mama, perhaps this is one of the ideas you should consider.
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I went for dinner last night at Syrian restaurant Naranj at Olympia Mall in Salmiya then decided to take a quick stroll around the mall to see if there’s anything new opening. The mall was almost empty and quiet, well way too quiet to be more precise, I could almost hear if someone whispers and everytime I walk across any shop the salesmen gave me that kind of look that literally says “Please do come in”. This is when I started wondering if these shops make any money? Are they even affording the lease and overheads? I’m seeing more and more malls being totally empty (I better call them ghost malls) in Kuwait these days, especially after Avenues Phase III was opened. Despite being architecturally attractive these malls failed to attract shoppers and strollers; Is it because of the unattractive location? Improper marketing? Absence of high-end brands?
I don’t know if this means that local market has already reached saturation level with regards to malls and shopping, and I think things will get even worse because there are several new malls opening pretty shortly. Anyway back to Olympia Mall, the new stores opening include Cavaraty for customized mobile phone covers and accessories, Rotana Cafe, Geddes & Gillmore which is a Dutch clothing store, Mama Noga (Don’t ask me what’s that?) among others.
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I spotted this little shop SNKR just opened at Bida’a, I thought it’s a restaurant or burger joint at first glance but as I approached it turned out it’s actually sportswear shop selling Nike sneakers. It was kinda odd seeing sportswear shop amongst restaurants and cafes, and for that matter there’s also Inspire Pute Fitness healthclub and another big Nike Store. Now since I brought up sneakers, I’m looking for cool ones, the shop I mentioned above had some good sneakers but I also want to know if you know good places with good prices of course.
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I read on paper today that Chamber of Commerce has banned shops/outlets/stores from using “Non-refundable Non-exchangeable” policy starting this month, this is great for consumers because there were so many times when I had to argue with stubborn salesmen when I just want to have a refund even though I haven’t actually used the item I bought in any way. The new law allows any customer to refund his money in case he/she didn’t want the item, but of course there shouldn’t be misuse, but I guess most shops will now try to convince customers to go for exchange .
Read more here [link]
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Another Cube: I was dining with friends at Marina Mall and saw there was a large barricaded area in the center of the mall, I’m not sure what it’s for? any idea? However it totally blocked the view for Starbucks. I thought we are done with the annoying cube that replaced the fountain.
Zara closed: I spotted Zara closed, too bad this is my favorite Zara store in Kuwait but I think they are renovating and will re-open. Last but not least, the sales are still going but I guess all M & L sizes are gone.
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