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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!

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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 Warehouse Party Sale Vancouver 2013 Review Part Six Final Day Discounts

Part Six

This is the last part of my Lululemon Warehouse Party Sale Vancouver 2013 review, final day discounts.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to go. I hadn’t found that many real bargains on the first day of the sale, Friday, January 18, 2013. I kept checking the facebook and twitter pages to see if there was any news of whether or not they would be open on Sunday. They kept saying the decision would be inventory dependent.

I knew for sure that I wouldn’t be going there for the 8AM open. The twitter page did say that they would be open today, Sunday, one last day. I decided that I couldn’t resist the possibility of further discounts. However, I didn’t expect there to be any new stock that I hadn’t seen on Friday.

When I got to BC Place around 9:30 AM, I saw people leaving already and they had bags with them. That was a good sign. On Friday, there were lots of people who left without any bag or carrying  only a single bag. There were few with more than one bags.

There  was no line up when I got inside. Even the bag check was empty. I had been reading on a past review of a US warehouse sale (Chicago maybe?) and was shocked to hear that they had security guards count the Lululemon pieces you arrived with so that they could compare how many pieces you left with. I’m so glad that security was not that extreme at this event!

Here was a sign from last night’s Goal Setting Seminar.

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When I approached the sales floor, I saw several people getting free massages. I wish I would have had time for a massage on the way out, there wasn’t even a wait! This was put on by the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. I’ll definitely check them out!

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This time, there was also a band playing as opposed to the DJ. That was nice.

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I was surprised to see that there was still quite a bit of inventory considering that today was the last day. I guess they didn’t sell as much as they had expected to yesterday, Saturday.

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Here is the color coded prices and the discounts sign. Again, I have to point out the totally confusing color coding pricing. I overheard customer asking a Lululemon staffer whether a price tag color was the $22 yellow or the $32 yellow and of course, he wasn’t sure. Same with the orange prices as well. Like seriously, didn’t anybody question this decision?!

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There wasn’t as many discounts on the Ivivva prices which I thought was odd.

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I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. Everything that I was interested in seemed to be the colors that were not discounted.

Those ugly ponchos or capes that they were trying to flog on Friday for $29 were only cut to $22. Needless to say, there were lots of them. There was one woman trying one on and quite frankly, it made her look like she was wearing a tent.

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There was a whole box of black hair ties that were still $9. Seriously?! The caps and mitts were also at the same price as Friday, and had few takers. The swimming suits at $9 were still not really selling.

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There were more men there today, I even ran into an old acquaintance. There was a special for men, any 4 pieces for $100. He bought 3 pairs of pants and a hoodie. That was a deal!

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I bought a pair of running tights that had a pair of shorts over them, for $22. There were lots of those, all sizes. The Lululemon staffer was making a hard sell–telling people that if they didn’t like the tights attached, they could cut them off!

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The special that they had for women was 4 pairs of shorts or skirts for $50. I asked if you had to buy 4 pairs or if you could just buy less than that and they said, you did have to buy 4 pairs.

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At $12.50 each, I decided to buy 4, 2 skirts and 2 pairs of shorts. Here are two of them.

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Here is a view of the women’s pants. I was surprised to see how many there were still hanging there. And yes, there seemed to be all sizes.

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Here are some Ivivva jackets on the table. There still seemed to be at least half of what I saw on Friday afternoon.

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Here are some more of those striped pants, $29 on Friday, $22 today. Not exactly flying off the racks today.

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Here is a sign that says that there is a limit on the number of pieces one can buy. Hmmm. I did not see anybody with anywhere near this number. I would think that they’d be happy to have somebody wanting to buy this much. There is also a box of fake fur pieces that were supposed to be attached to the special edition scubas, I think.

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Here is the check out. I waited maybe ten minutes.

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There were fewer cashiers. I think these ones were more experienced than the ones there on Friday. I didn’t overhear of anybody experiencing errors while I was checking out. And my cashier did not make any price mistakes (unlike Friday’s cashier who took three tries before getting it right) so I was glad. I did take photos of all the price tags before they were cut off though, just to make sure. Why did they cut these tags off? Did they think people would try and return them? The labels had big black marks slashed through them, too.

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Bag check out was speedy. Here are a few people leaving.

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I was tempted to return before the closing at 2 PM to see if there was much stuff left and if they cut the prices more.

I found out later that they decided to open until 5 PM! So if you got there by 4 PM, you could shop until 5 PM! I wonder if there were any more cuts by then? Does anybody know?

I also saw that they were offering a Canucks Game Changer product for anybody who bought anything after 2 PM, if they were wearing some Vancouver Canucks Hockey clothing. (there was a game across the street tonight) Did anybody get that? I don’t know why but Lululemon decided that it was a big secret and wouldn’t say what the prize was after the fact.

Honestly speaking, I didn’t think much of Lululemon’s social media coverage. They were purposely vague to anybody who asked anything about discounts and other questions. There is a point where you can be a tease and get people in the door, but if you go too far, people just won’t bother. I really think that there were fewer people than they expected over the whole weekend.

Also, there was conflicting information. Although it was supposed to be a final sale, circumstances like mislabeled items or damaged items should be returnable. There was one case where someone was told, no, it was not returnable but to others, it was. They should be consistent in what they tell everybody!

For me, I don’t live too far from BC Place, so it wasn’t a big deal for me to come more than once. Hell, I probably would have come again before closing, if the tweets hadn’t been so vague. If I lived farther away, I wouldn’t have bothered.

The reason why I have written a review as I have is because I think that the more information people have about a sale, the better. I don’t believe in over hyping a sale and then not delivering.  Did I get some good deals? Yes. Would I wait in line? No, nothing warranted that.

I’ll be looking out for the US warehouse party sale. I wonder if they are packing up all the leftovers from this sale over to them to sell?

Anybody have any comments? I know that my experience was different compared to some and would love to hear your comments.