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Valentine’s Day, MOA Style

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

And what have you done so far today? Five crazy couples boarded the Ferris wheel early this morning at Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe and simultaneously got hitched in motion. The quintuple wedding was officiated by a pastor from the mall’s Chapel of Love. (He remained grounded and used a microphone.)

The couples noshed on Bruegger’s bagels before the ceremonial ride. There were no reports of motion sick brides or grooms.

To celebrate the nuptials–and what is apparently also National Ferris Wheel Day–Ferris wheel rides are free all day at MOA.

Nigel Barker: Sexy shopper

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Ali and Nigel Barker at Mall of America. Photo by Scott Takushi, Pioneer Press

America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker and I were in the Mall of America offices this evening trying to decide where to shop before his book signing appearance. He started ticking off his favorite places to hit for his wife: Catherine Malandrino, Jimmy Choo, La Perla. Dreamiest husband ever, to be sure. But I had to bring him down to our Midwestern reality. Would you settle for Burberry or Hugo Boss? He did – and affably shopped Janie and Jack for his kids, too. My favorite moment came while paying for a toy at the Nickelodeon Universe store when a cashier recognized him and sheepishly confirmed, “Nigel?” Then she asked for some ID. Get the whole story in my “Shopping With…” column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Happiness is free stuff at MOA

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Visiting Mall of America on Friday, July 17 could be quite rewarding – especially if you like rides. As part of "The Summer of SpongeBob" (he's 10), MOAand Nickelodeon Universe are celebrating a "Day of Happiness" – and what could be happier than free stuff, no strings attached? Nearly $75,000 worth of prizes will randomly be given away by staffers roaming the mall and theme park. Prizes include DVDs, Nickelodeon Universe unlimited ride wristbands, Nickelodon t-shirts and passes to Rick Bronson's House of Comedy. Um, don't mean to sound greedy, but could we throw a few pair of shoes or a designer bag in there? After all, SpongeBob is a spiffy dresser.

Entering a world of doll makeovers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

No need to wait until Saturday and battle the crowds: the American Girl store quietly opened early today at Mall of America. It's a two-level shop just off the Rotunda and Nickelodeon Universe, next to QVC. I was a bit disappointed that the store seems to lack the luster of the one on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This one is huge, no doubt, but the store itself feels glaringly bright and generic. The merchandise, however, is overwhelming. And expensive. There's a cafe upstairs with a pretty impressive menu. But my favorite can-you-even-believe it feature: the doll "spa." A half dozen adult sales associates were busy at work, combing the hair of various American Girl dolls. Not sure if they realized they were giving makeovers to dolls. But five bucks will give you a chance to find out, and get your doll a new 'do. That's cheaper than the princess makeovers at Club Libby Lu.
Only in America.

New at MOA

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

It’s been a while since Mall of America had an exciting announcement
that didn’t involve SpongeBob. (The Nickelodeon Universe theme park
is supposed to open March 15, by the way.) But finally, MOA is rolling out the welcome mat for a whole new crop of stores, including two new concepts from Abercrombie & Fitch: Gilly Hicks Sydney, "an upscale but moderately priced" underwear brand launching world-wide this year and Ruehl, targeting the post-Abercrombie generation of 22 to 35-year-olds with urban business casual apparel.  After Gap’s "grown-up" Forth & Towne brand tanked before making it to Minneapolis, I’m glad we’re going to get a shot at shopping Ruehl. Other newcomers in the next few months will include Gymboree’s fancier line, Janie and Jack as well as company stores from Levis and Lacoste. Just when shopping starts to seem staid, MOA does come through, reminding us of its power to draw big brands. I just hope someone in this price-sensitive town is actually buying those lovely things at the new Burberry store. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved