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IKEA Columbus Sneak Peek

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Today I attended the Press Preview for the new IKEA Columbus! I LOVE IKEA! When I lived in Philadelphia, there were two of them so I have been living in a deprived state for the past 13 years! 😉 I’m so excited to have an IKEA close by! I wanted to quickly share some info about the Grand Opening Celebration and some pictures from the day! All written information here is taken from the IKEA Columbus Press Release, May 31, 2017.

The bloggers and media got served a huge spread of food and desserts – all available for purchase in the store and restaurant!

IKEA Columbus is a fun day out for the family with: • Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest; • Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents; • A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and • Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

(Kids must be potty trained: Goals for my 2 year old!) 😉

Part of the large cafeteria area!

These are pictures of some of the display set up at IKEA. You can shop the look and then use the tags on each item to locate them in the warehouse section! 

IKEA designers can work with you to create your customized room or you can pick it all out yourself! They will even come to your home for a consultation!

From home goods, bedding, bathrooms, furniture, pots and pans, pillows, rugs, toys, storage and organizational items, food, tables, candles, plants, to dressers and much more – it’s all here! And at prices that will make you stuff that blue IKEA bag full!

There are 26 checkout lines and more will be open during the Grand Opening Week! Ikea does not use bags, so bring your own or purchase an extra-large reusable bag for $.99 each.

You can see lots of info about the Grand Opening here!

Giveaways for the Grand Opening Week are as follows:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

• Rest Assured – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 44th U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 their birthday is the same as the store’s will receive a gift card in the amount of $44, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Columbus as the 44th U.S. IKEA store.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From June 7 through June 11, 2017, visitors to IKEA Columbus may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation of home furnishings to The Homeless Families Foundation, a local organization that provides housing assistance and educational services to homeless families living in Columbus.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Cozy Comfort – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free ALINA “sleep set” of bedspread and cushion covers and two FJADRAR pillows.
• Kid’s Best Friend – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 8, 2017 will receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

• Cook (& Store) Like a Pro – The first 44 adults in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a free 365+ 6-piece cookware starter set and a FORTROLIG food container storage set.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt that day at the Exit Bistro.

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11, 2017

• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Columbus from June 7 through June 11, 2017.

You can begin lining up 48 hours in advance! Are you up for it?!

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Your #newmain Library: Sneak Peek

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Yesterday, I attended the Media Preview of the soon-to-open new Main Library! The transformation inside is pretty amazing! It’s almost hard to imagine that it is the same place! Don’t get me wrong, I thought the old library was pretty awesome, but this renovation has turned Main Library into a totally new place. Columbus Metropolitan Library has a vision for the library that is evident, intentional and actually unfolding before our eyes. (See the pictures from my hard hat tour in May at: 10 Things to be Excited About at New Main Library.)IMG_7233When you visit, you’ll see that the focus has shifted from “collections” to “connections”. Main Library has been literally opened up to foster transparency and community.  A lot of thought has been put into how “young minds” will move through the library as they grow into tweens, teens and finally adults. Through the actual, physical set up of the library, they are encouraged to envision themselves as a productive part of the Columbus community.

The library officially opens to the public on Saturday, June 25th with the dedication and ribbon cutting beginning at 12:00 noon. A celebration follows that includes entertainment, activities, an art show, and a concert and movie in Topiary Park! Sunday features an Author Talk with David Baldacci at 2:00 PM. See this link for all the details!

There is something new for everyone at Main Library. Enjoy this “sneak peek” of your #newmain library!

For Kids:

IMG_7359A separate (smaller) entrance for the kids into the Children’s Department!

IMG_7307Open space for reading and playing.

IMG_7305Lots of space for books, of course!

IMG_7298The Children’s Department focuses on getting kids Ready For Kindergarten. It also offers a space for Reading Buddies to help prepare kids to pass the 3rd grade reading test.

Storytimes and public programs will happen in this open space!Storytimes and public programs will happen in this open space!

IMG_7325Little kids can actually climb into these holes to work on computers!

For Tweens:

IMG_7333Under these cool lights is the Homework Help Center where tweens have their own entrance (you know, away from those little kids! 😉 ) and their own area to explore and develop.

For Teens:

IMG_7242The breathtaking view of downtown from these computers, which are exclusively for teens, is meant to inspire teens to dream about their futures here in Columbus. Behind them is a board room with glass walls that offer teens a view of an adult life that can soon be theirs.

IMG_7249This is the “collaboration couch” for teens to work together in groups and have a safe space to hang out.

For Adults:

IMG_7214Each floor offers a Discovery Board with an interactive map. All meeting rooms have iPads outside the doors displaying the daily schedule.

IMG_7294The Reading Room, with lots of natural light and views of Topiary Park!

IMG_7259Space for reading and collaborating.

IMG_7369An outdoor reading room with access to Topiary Park and free Wi-Fi!

IMG_7197More open seating for reading and connecting!

IMG_7208The Carnegie Cafe, a spot for our caffeine fix!

IMG_7262Libraries all over have shifted their focus as technology changes. Columbus Metropolitan Library is committed to offering access to technology for those who might not have access otherwise.  There are 72 public computers on the 2nd floor. The library will offer free faxing and scanning. There will be the option for mobile printing from your cell phone, or even from your home computer to be picked up at the library!

IMG_7291Lest you think the library is no longer focused on books, yesterday we learned that when Main Library reopens, half of the collection will be brand new! There will be check outs on each floor of the library, 7 meeting rooms (which can be reserved online), 7 quiet study rooms and “15-minute computers” that can be used for a quick email check or print job.

I think you’ll find Main Library to be bright, welcoming and an extremely valuable resource for our community. I expect to spend most of my time in the Children’s Department, but after my visit yesterday, I will be secretly trying to figure out how I can get there alone to spend time sitting and reading in the other amazing areas of the library! See you there!

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