Month: June 2015

APPLES & PEARS FIRST POP-UP STORE COMES TO RED LION YARD 20 – 21 JUNE

Apples & Pears, an online clothing retailer offering affordable fashion for women size 14 and over, is opening its first ever pop-up store in 10/11 Red Lion Yard for two days this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 20 -21 June).

Apples & Pears is run and owned by Liz Smith, who set up the online shop two years ago. Smith’s passion for fashion coupled with her desire to build her brand and be able to offer more customers her collection of  gorgeous ‘feel good clothes’ that inspired her to open the pop up store.

Apples & Pears has never had a physical store presence before, however with customers saying that they wanting to see, feel and try on the clothes before buying, the owner decided to press ahead with her first pop-up concept.

Apples & Pears will be open 9.30am to 5.30pm, offering customers the opportunity to see a wide range of the fashion items available online. On the same day a live model will be in the store showcasing some of the carefully put together outfits plus customers will also be able to get fashion and make-up advice.  The store will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

Customers visiting the pop-up store over the weekend will also be able to get 20% off online on selected items.

Commenting on the store, Liz Smith said: “I am really excited over running my first physical store this weekend, it will be amazing to be able to showcase my colourful range directly to new and existing customers. With an already strong customer base here in Colchester and the quirky boutique feel that Red Lion Yard offers it seems like the perfect opportunity and location for me to try out my concept. I hope shoppers come and see us over the weekend and also take advantage of the fashion and make-up advice we offer.”

 

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HOW MANY COLCHESTER DADS WILL GET THEIR PETROLHEAD DREAMS FULFILLED TOMORROW?

A special pre-Father’s Day survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre earlier today (Saturday 20 June 2015) revealed that the gift Colchester dads would most like to receive is a car (and it’s also the gift Colchester women would most like to give their dad).

Dads were asked “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Father’s Day?”, while women were asked “If money was no object, what gift would you most like to give your dad”.  More than 35% of respondents mentioned some sort of car, while others thought even bigger -with one Dad suggesting that he might like airplane and another a yacht!

And, Colchester men are not going to be happy with just any car!   The vehicles on the town’s dads’ wish lists range from a quite modest VW Beetle via Porsche and BMW to an Aston Martin DB9, Bentley and the eye-poppingly expensive Bugatti Veyron.

Dads also requested a night out, shoes, a holiday or a gold ring.  Women wanted to buy their dad a new house (or mansion in one case) or to pay off their mortgage, or treat them to a holiday.

The good news is that some Colchester dads have their feet firmly on the ground – when asked the “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Fathers’ Day?” question, one Colchester father replied “socks”.  Guess which dad is most likely to get his wish come true!

The survey was undertaken as part of The Lions’ Den, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids set up in the centre today.  With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres, great music, table football and computer games, the “man creche” proved to be popular – the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and providing a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time for Dads.

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER TAKE A SELFIE IN LION WALK AND WIN A ZOOKEEPER FOR THE DAY EXPERIENCE

There are just a few more days left to enter Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Colchester Zoo’s selfie competition, with the chance to win an amazing zookeeper for the day experience. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 30 June.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre has been working closely with the Zoo on a number of initiatives, including the selfie competition, since becoming the official sponsor of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure in May 2014.

With only a few more days left to enter, shoppers need to hurry down to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and take a selfie to be in with a chance of winning this adventurous prize. The winner will be stepping into the boots of a zookeeper for one day, getting more up close and personal to the animals than ever before. Learning what skills are required to become a keeper and what it takes to care for some of the most incredible and endangered creatures on the planet are also on the agenda.

To enter all shoppers have to do is to take a fun selfie with Colchester Zoo’s Lion Bailey, which can be found in Lion Walk Shopping Centre 1-5 Culver Walk next to Boots Optician.

Try to be as fun and imaginative as possible for a greater chance to win.

After taking the selfie, post it to Colchester Zoo’s Twitter page @Colchesterzoo with the hashtag #wildaboutshopping.

The winner of the selfie competition will be selected after 30 June by Colchester Zoo.

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THE LIONS’ DEN – DADS’ CHILL OUT ZONE

Bosses at Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre are setting up a special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids on Saturday (20 June 2015).

With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres and great music, it promises to be the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and provide a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time.

And, for those who like their relaxation a little more active, enter our Dad’s Day Challenges with table football plus giant Jenga and Connect 4 – and great “on the spot” prizes. And, enter the prize draw to win £100-worth of vouchers to spend at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard.

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are the perfect places to pick up a great gift for Dad – from great men’s fashion and accessories to cool gadgets, tech and games plus travel, men’s health and grooming, great eats, cards and much more all in one place – there’s sure to be something for every Dad.