Archives for December 28, 2014

Del Amo Fashion Center Announces Exciting New Dining Options, Looks Back at Progress New experiences slated to join center in 2015

As the year comes to a close, Del Amo Fashion Center is celebrating a season of change and preparing for exciting new retailers as part of the ongoing transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination.

 

With 2014, Del Amo Fashion Center welcomed the construction of a brand new Patio Cafes garden-inspired dining pavilion in the heart of the shopping center, relocated stores from the north section of the center to make way for the creation of a new state of the art two-level mall and a new Nordstrom, welcomed new retailers and prototype stores, and began construction on a four-level parking deck along Fashion Way. Macy’s also consolidated three locations at Del Amo Fashion Center into two stores to make for a more convenient trip for Macy’s loyal shoppers.

 

In 2015, additional new dining options including Sumo Salad, Manichi Ramen and Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights are slated to join the center.

 

“We’re thrilled with all the exciting changes that have taken place at Del Amo Fashion Center this year, and looking forward to debuting the full transformation in Fall next year,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center. “We’ve heard great feedback from customers, and look forward to providing enhanced shopping, dining and entertainment experiences for our community and visitors.”

 

Patio Cafes, which is already home to Blaze Pizza, Chipotle, Gengis Khan BBQ Grill, Ginza Grill, Panda Express, Sbarro, Stone Oven Gourmet Sandwiches and Salads, is also preparing for additional tasty new additions.

The New Year will bring the opening of Sumo Salad’s first-ever U.S. location at Del Amo Fashion Center, offering shoppers a healthy dining option while on the go. The Australian-based healthy food franchise will serve fresh “design your own” gourmet salads that are made to order, using fresh, nutritious ingredients sourced daily, including serving only free-range chicken with no added hormones, avoiding unnecessary fats and artificial flavors and no GMO (genetically modified organisms). They will also offer delicious wraps, rolls, toasted sandwiches, pasta, soup, fruit salad, yogurt, coffee and more.

In early 2015, shoppers can dine at Manichi Ramen, which is a top-rated ramen eatery from Japan. Del Amo Fashion Center’s location will be its first in the continental U.S., with the only other U.S. location in Ala Moana shopping center in Hawaii.

As another dining option, Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights is slated to open a 643 square-foot space in the center’s Outdoor Village in early 2015. The eatery specializes in custard-based ice cream and ice cream cakes, sorbet shakes, Italian sodas, crepes, Italian ice and a variety of beverages.

In February 2014, the north section of the shopping center (from the old food court to just before the outdoor lifestyle wing) was shut down with stores relocated to make way for the creation of the 400,000 square feet of brand new retail space, and a new Nordstrom, set to open in Fall 2015. Nearly 200,000 square feet of 1960’s-era vintage mall space is now gone (with most materials fully recycled), and site was turned over to Nordstrom in August.

Also by summer, an exciting lineup of new retailers joined Del Amo Fashion Center, including The Finish Line by Nike with a Nike Track Club near the new Patio Cafes, Pandora near Macy’s Court, Quiksilver with a Roxy pop-up shop, Billabong, Oakley, and 100% Pure Cosmetics. Teavana, which carries fresh, high quality loose-leaf teas, recently opened October 10, while Robert Wayne Footwear joined the center on November 26.

 

Other stores relocated into updated permanent spaces. For example, Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., relocated and opened a new prototype store in Juniors Court. Skechers also opened a new prototype store near the new Patio Cafes dining experience. Early next month, Typo will relocate to a permanent space near Robert Wayne Footwear, in Macy’s Court.

 

Late October brought with it the completion of Macy’s consolidation of its three stores in the mall into two locations – the current Macy’s four-story “Main Store” at the north end of the mall, and the three-story Macy’s Men’s, Home and Furniture store.

 

Shoppers can now also experience ambience improvements including new railings, flooring, and ceilings, as well as a brand-new “carousel pavilion” style Santa set in time for the holidays. The blue and green color scheme reflects the outdoor coastal feeling of the center. Children can play interactive games designed on the back of the set to keep entertained while waiting in line.

 

The grand opening of phase two of the project, which is expected accompany the Nordstrom opening in October 2015, includes the construction of a nearly 2,000-car parking along Fashion Way, between the Marriott Hotel and Del Amo’s newer Outdoor Village.

For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination, follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at facebook.com/DelAmoFashionCenter, Twitter attwitter.com/delamofashion or Instagram at instagram.com/delamofashion. Check out a 3D architect rendering animation at youtube.com/watch?v=4jO0g8d8Kcs for a bird’s eye perspective on the future Del Amo Fashion Center once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete.

 

Credit: Del Amo Fashion Center.

 

Suz Slezak Of David Wax Museum PRESENTS HER DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'WATCHING THE NIGHTTIME COME'

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As a core member of the award-winning indie-folk band David Wax Museum, vocalist and fiddle wizard Suz Slezak is accustomed to the praise that comes with being part of a cutting edge ensemble which resides on practically everyone’s “next big thing” list.  With her first solo album, Watching the Nighttime Come, set for release on February 10, Suz Slezak is ready to secure her own place in the spotlight and in the hearts of families everywhere.

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Watching the Nighttime Come is at once a carefully balanced anthology of cultural gems and a  collection of original songs, some written individually and some standing as collaborative efforts by Suz Slezak and husband David Wax. The track list includes a celebrated Mexican lullaby, a 16th century round, a Leonard Cohen favorite, and more. While the engine that pulls the album together is the refined intimacy and highly personalized delivery of Suz Slezak’s exquisite voice, there are also contributions from guest artist David Wax, along with a fine cast of others in both performance and production.

Watching the Nighttime Come was born from Suz’s desire to present a musical offering to her friends who are also young parents. It was conceived as a nocturnal serenade, not only for sleepy (and not so sleepy) children, but also as a compelling collection for parents to enjoy while attending to offspring bedtime duties.

The Washington Post noted, “Sonically, the most interesting part of David Wax Museum is not the group’s namesake but its other half, Suz Slezak, whose harmonies soften Wax’s serious tone.”  Under the sensitive guidance of producer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, this softness infuses Watching the Nighttime Come.  Fans of David Wax Museum will hear other familiar elements — the blending of Suz and David’s voices, the tremendous musicianship of Alec Spiegelman (heard on three David Wax Museum albums), and a salute to the Mexican cultural influence so important to the band.

Suz Slezak was homeschooled by her father on a small farm in rural Virginia and steeped in an egalitarian and eclectic culture of creative music — old time bluegrass, Irish fiddle, classical and folk — but never imagined that she would someday become a professional musician.  After graduating from Wellesley College, Suz encountered Harvard graduate and musician David Wax on the Boston folk music circuit.  The two soon joined their unique perspectives to form David Wax Museum, which fuses traditional Mexican and American folk music into what the band playfully calls “Mexo-Americana.”  David Wax Museum’sinfectiously joyful performances in 2010 and 2011 at the famed Newport Folk Festival drew tremendous critical acclaim and led to non-stop international touring.  Wrote Entertainment Weekly’s Ray Rahman, “If you’re not familiar with DWM’s sound, think something like Andrew Bird, with a Mexican folk bent and a couple of dashes of Magnetic Fields and Wilco-ishness via Boston (the city, not the band).”

We received a copy of the CD to review and I found the music to be quite enjoyable to listen to and the sound is rather unique. I highly recommend for young children and their parents.
Watching the Nighttime Come will be available at www.davidwaxmuseum.com, amazon.com, iTunes, and other related digital outlets.

Check out Suz Slezak’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SuzSlezak.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature.