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Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

Thursday was the official grand opening of Lululemon’s new flagship store in Vancouver, on Burrard Street at Robson Street!

The store was open on Tuesday for the media and Wednesday as a soft opening.

I received an email saying that the first 100 people in line would get a special limited edition item!

I heard that the earliest people got there at 7 AM. I didn’t get there until around 9:15 and I was number 72. By the time the store had opened at 10, all of the numbers were gone.

Here’s a view of the line up.

Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

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The first 100 people went straight for the limited edition shirts that we would get! There were womens racerback tank tops and mens 5 year t-shirts with a bicycle theme.

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This is one of the three that I bought. I liked it because of the red bottles of wine in the basket. Then, I also saw that it had a tiny sign showing my neighborhood, Kits, which is also where the first Lululemon store started.

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Here are some views of the rest of the store.

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This is the changing room area from two directions.

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Here is the check out area. They also had mobile check out machines on this busy day, too!

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This is really cool. These just look like photos of the bottoms. But if you watch them for a while, all of a sudden, the legs will move and you realize that they are videos of the pants!

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This is the community board area. It also included some Seawheeze information as well.

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Here are some photos of the exterior of the store. They were running a video of last year’s Seawheeze Half-Marathon!

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This is the largest mens section I have ever seen in a Lululemon store.

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Here is the mens shorts bar, where men can custom order their shorts.

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I really love this new store and look forward to not only shopping here but also having the free Sunday yoga classes here!


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Lululemon Retail Store in Palm Desert, California on El Paseo Drive

This is the Lululemon retail store in Palm Desert, California on El Paseo Drive.

El Paseo Drive is a shopping street that has the most exclusive stores and shops. Some think that it is like Rodeo Drive.

Here is a view of the front of the store entrance. I love the red and the mosaic tile! And how could you not love the palm trees!

Lululemon Retail Store in Palm Desert, California on El Paseo Drive

Lululemon Retail Store in Palm Desert, California on El Paseo Drive

Here is a view of the outside window. You can see some vintage photographs featured.

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Here is another view of the window. You can see some other photos on top, too. You can see the red mosaic tile better here.

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This is a view of the window display. It’s difficult to see what it says because of the sun. I think it says, Moment Matters.

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Here is a view of the sign as you enter. In addition to the store hours, it gives the free classes schedule, Saturday for the free yoga classes and Sunday for the free fitness classes!

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This is a view of the register area. I have to say, it has the best sign of any of the Lululemon stores I have been to. There is a photo in the background of the desert area and then it says, ‘Sunscreen Absorbed into the skin may be worse than Sunshine. Get the right amount of Sunshine.’  Very cool sign!

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Here is a view of the front of the store by the window. There are two comfy chairs for waiting while you shop.

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You can see the high display case of yoga mats at the front area.

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This is a view of some of the accessories. You can also see one of the local ambassadors featured.

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Here is a view of the sign of different mountain trails or hikes in the area. The assistant manager that I talked to said that it was very popular in this area and that she loved to go. Being from mountainous BC, I could totally relate, and yet none of the stores that I have seen in BC has done this!

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This is one of the displays.

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You can see a sign for an upcoming Ivivva trunk show. It’ll be nice for them to be introduced to the Ivivva girls line!

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Here is a view of the store that shows the other entrance! This is the only Lululemon store that has a front and back entrance! It makes the store seem very light and airy with those two entrances. You can also see the red round area that goes up high to show a higher ceiling.

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This is another Lululemon Ambassador, Anthony Pomponio. He is an olympic weight lifter! It’s very cool that this store has an ambassador in weight lifting in addition to the usual yoga or running ambassador! They have had weight lifting classes here!

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Here is a view of the mens section. I like that this store has a generous section dedicated to mens wear.

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This is a closer view of the other entrance with a parking lot.

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This is another local Lululemon ambassador featured.

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Here is another view of the mens sections.

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This is a view of the womens tops.

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Here is a close up view of the contemporary chandelier that hangs quite high at the other entrance.

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Here is another view of the other entrance.

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This is a view of the ladies pants. I thought that they were pretty similar to most other stores.

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Until I saw this pair of pineapple motif pants! This store does get different items that others do not since they always get warm weather. I would love to get this pair to wear up north!

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Here is a section of sale items in the middle of the store.

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This is another view of a display.

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Here is a display of shorts.

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Here is one of the changing room areas.

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This is another changing room section. I love the chandelier shown here! There were shoppers who were considering several different items today!

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You can see the vision and goals section as well.

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Here is another section of the change rooms with a comfortable chair.

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You can see another local Lululemon ambassador here.

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Here is an all access dressing room!

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This is a big jar of doggie treats! I’ve never seen that before! The dogs must love coming here!

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You can see a beautiful filtered water section here.

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Here is another view of some displays.

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Here is another view of some tops and some wraps, too.

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This is a map showing close cities: Palm Springs, Palm Desert (where the store is located), La Quinta and Indio. There are lots of pamphlets of yoga studios.

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Here is another local Lululemon ambassador, Bronwyn Ison.

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This is Palm Desert’s store educator extraordinaire, Seth! I learned a lot from him and the Assistant Manager today! Thanks very much! Hope to see you in Vancouver some day!

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Here is the cross street, San Pablo in case you want to hit El Paseo and check out the store!

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I’m really glad that I got a chance to come visit this Lululemon store! It had a really cool California vibe and specific desert identity going on! I love that they have the two entrances here, too. I’m sure I’ll come back the next time I’m in Palm Desert, California! Check it out!

 


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Lululemon Flagship Vancouver Store Construction Update

I was downtown today and noticed some signs at the construction area where the Vancouver Lululemon flagship store is being built.

Here is the area.

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Lululemon Flagship Vancouver Store Construction Update

Here are close ups of the signs on the site.

The first one says, ‘I complete my first 100K trail ultramarathon by May 2014’.

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Here’s the next one: ‘I found and publicly launch the SARA foundation for Cancer Prevention and Management by July 30, 2014.

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Here’s the next one: We relocate and open this store to this location late summer 2014.

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And the last one: still open at 1148 Robson, just down the street.

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They only have a few weeks left before the Seawheeze half-marathon. I presumed that they will want to have this store finished and opened in time for that event, but who knows? I’m really looking forward to seeing this new store!

 


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Lululemon Factory Outlet in Burlington, Washington, Closest to Vancouver, BC

I went to visit the Lululemon factory outlet store in Burlington, Washington. The address is 296 Fashion Way! Have you ever wondered what kind of deals they have there?

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Lululemon Factory Outlet in Burlington, Washington, Closest to Vancouver, BC

I have gone to this store for many years. This is now the closest factory outlet store to Vancouver, now that they closed down the only one a few months ago. I think the closest Canadian factory outlet is in the next province, in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

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Burlington, Washington is around an hour drive from the BC/Washington state border. At any given time, the parking lot beside the store will have lots of BC licence plates!

Here is the outside of the store. They have the usual look of a retail store.

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There are posters of Lululemon ambassadors.

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There is a small section that has regularly priced items. The rest of the store has mostly discounted items.

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There is a mens section that has gotten larger over the years.

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At the back is a fitting room area. Most times that I am there, there is a long line to try on clothing.

Here is an accessories section. I have seen water bottles, head bands, visors, caps, belts, gloves, socks, bags, etc over the years.

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Today, caps and visors are a bargain at $5 each!

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Here is the bra section in the back.

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This section in the back shows racks and racks of tops. Here is a rack of blue fast track tanks for 2 for $39.

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Here is a rack of make it count tanks for only $19 each.

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Here is a rack of red and white fast track tanks for only 2 for $39.

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Here is another section of tops. See how many size 12 tops there are, quite a few.

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This is the $19 wall close to the fitting rooms.

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Here is a close up of one of the $19 rompers.

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Here is another $19 rack with crop pants and pink groove pants.

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Here is a rack of $44 sweatpants.

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Here is a rack of luminous pants that are 2 for $49.

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These are luminous pants for 2 for $49.

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I love these pants but they didn’t have my size. I love pants with zippers.

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This is a table of scuba hoodies at the front of the store.

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Here is a rack of pants on the floor. They are grouped according to size.

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Here is another $19 special, mens pants.

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This is a whole rack of size 12, again, lots of the larger sizes are available contrary to the false accusations that Lululemon doesn’t stock larger sizes.

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This is another rack of sale pants.

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This is inversion pants on sale for $24!

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Here is another $24 to $34 rack.

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Here’s another deals rack.

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And another…

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Here is a wall of assorted shorts in the back.

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Here is the usual chalkboard calendar that is seen in many of the stores.

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You can see an announcement for free yoga class here.

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I’m glad that we still have this factory outlet close by to go to. I never know what I will find but I usually find something to go home with!


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Best Lululemon Store I’ve Been to: Whistler, BC, Canada

I’ve been to a number of Lululemon stores over the years. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the first store, the Lululemon on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, in my neighborhood.

I went to Whistler for the weekend and was excited to see what they had to offer in this small mountain village. As I was walking around the village I spied several people carrying the red Lululemon shopping bags.

Here is the address:

4154 Village Green
Whistler, BC Canada
V0N 1B4

I have to admit that I was really impressed with this store! It was in a round shaped building which I think had been occupied by a sports store of some sort. Once they left, Lululemon took this space over and turned it into this great retail space!

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Best Lululemon Store I’ve Been to: Whistler BC

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When I walked around, I was entranced with the layout. I could have easily stayed there for hours trying on clothes and looking at everything. It was definitely consumer friendly. I loved the sofas in the middle! It’s so spacious and airy.

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I love this log in the middle of the store that has the Lululemon sayings on it.

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They have a pretty large mens section, too.

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I love the colorful chairs and tables outside.

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If you’re ever in Whistler, you definitely have to check this store out! The staff is so friendly and really knowledgeable about everything you need to know-sightseeing advice included!

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