Apple Store Suburban Square Grand Opening

Posted by joy

A not so hypothetical question for my readers: What’s worse, getting an email about a store grand opening or putting said grand opening on one’s social calendar?

Since I mentioned the Apple Store Suburban Square Grand Opening a few days ago, I somehow found myself in Ardmore, PA at the ungodly hour of 10:10am this morning. Not only was there a line out the door, it was around the corner and snaked along three sides of the building. At least I was there in time to get an official Apple Store (hugely oversized for my petite frame) t-shirt.

The line was so long (and oh yes, there was a security guard outside directing traffic) and regular people who were shopping at Suburban Square didn’t get what the hubbub was about. In fact, a middle aged couple had the misfortune to ask a few people in line around me what the occasion was.

Middle aged couple: “What is going on?”

People around me in line: “The Apple store just opened today.”

Middle aged couple: “No, really, what’s going on? What are they doing?”

An excited person in line replied with “It’s the Apple Store Grand Opening!”

Middle aged couple looked at each other incredulously and walked away.

Among the sights in the store, ooh shiny Mac Minis, 30 inch Cinema Displays, Video iPods and hot MacBookPro action. I spent about a good 45 minutes in the store, egging on a Video iPod purchase and people watching. The activity died down about 11:30ish, when the t-shirts ran out. Oh, and there were lots of bloggers. Bloggers taking pictures and video - like the quicktime movie below (hint, click on the image).

Apple Store Ardmore

Update: 5/15/06 Two things, first, in case you were wondering there’s a whole Web site devoted just to Apple Stores…now you know.

Secondly, a certain blog author made an appearance in this video about the Grand Opening.

6 Responses to “Apple Store Suburban Square Grand Opening”

  1. Scott McNulty Says:

    You got me in a couple of your pictures! You should have said hello (if you knew who I was that is, I suppose I shouldn’t assume… umm I was the big guy in the Hawaiian shirt with the glasses and the camcorder).

  2. joy Says:

    Scott, since you were the guy with the Hawaiian shirt, I’m pretty sure that this blogger will show up on the video you were taking. :-)

  3. bert Says:

    Sooo….didya get me anything? :P

    P.S. Cool song.

  4. joy Says:

    Bert, you can pry my XL shirt out of my cold dead hands….or off my cubicle wall as of Monday.

    Funny that you should mention the music, as there is a bit of a story to it. The music on my quicktime presentation is “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service. The Postal Service is a collaboration of electronic music between Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel.

    When the Mac Intel commercials first hit, there was a minor uproar about the similarities between The Such Great Heights video and the Mac Intel bunnysuit commercial. But now I see the controversy has abated.

    Aside from the fact that I wore my Death Cab shirt to the opening today, another Postal Service song, “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” played on the Apple Store sound system.

    So, there you go.

  5. Blankbaby Says:

    Another Philly blogger was at the Apple Store…

    And I show up in some of her pictures. Crazy, huh? I suppose not, since it isn’t that hard to get a picture of a large man in a small store. It is more amazing that I am not in…

  6. Dave Says:

    You know — it looks like a trendy club with that line in front.

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