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Souvenir Sunday at SFO airport

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It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can pick up when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treats come from the Marin-county-based McEvoy Ranch pop-up shop in the recently re-opened Boarding area E (T3E), which serves United Airlines flights in Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport.

The shop, which has a lease for just one year, is selling its locally sourced olive oils and body care products.

McEvoy Ranch pop-up at SFO.

Testing – and buying – their lotions was tempting; especially with the free tube-with-purchase offer. But I settled on one of the shop’s best-selling items: the $7 lip balm made with California certified extra virgin olive oil, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil, beeswax and other organic ingredients.

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Do you spend time in the shops when you’re stuck at the airport? If you find a locally-themed item that’s fun, inexpensive and perhaps a bit offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, I’ll send you a special souvenir from my travels.

Airport “Brookstone Guy” saves the day

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I had to cut out most of this photo to keep this guy, who works at a Brookstone kiosk at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, from getting in trouble with his bosses.

Even though he did a really nice thing and saved me more than $30.

I’d forgotten the cable to charge my cell phone and realized that the little gadget I’d been carrying around to serve as an emergency backup didn’t work.

The Hudson newsstand didn’t have a replacement cable, so I headed to the Brookstone kiosk, where I learned that the cable I needed only came in a kit that cost more than $30.

I was about to buy it (and visualizing how irritated I’d be when adding it to the nine other cables sitting on my desk at home) when I mentioned to the clerk that I had this gadget that I hadn’t been able to use.

“Let me see it,” he said, “maybe it does work.”

It did.

He lost the sale, but gained a fan. And when I said “let me take your picture and share this nice story,” he said company policy forbid him from having his name or picture shared in social media.

I only sort of get that policy, but don’t want to get him trouble for doing a nice thing.

So, all I can say here is: thank-you, Brookstone guy! You saved me from having to buy a needless cable.

To celebrate, I spent that $30 getting my nails done an airport spa.

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Souvenir Sunday at Hong Kong Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can find when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treats come from the Hong Kong International Airport.

Colorful bags of candy are everywhere -

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As are gift boxes of cakes and cookies of all kinds -

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All things Mickey – and Minnie – Mouse – seem quite popular -

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But I wanted to buy pretty much everything at the airport branch of the Designgallery shop, stocked with creative and innovative Hong Kong-made products.

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Greetings from Hong Kong Int’l Airport

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The duty free shops in airports often have a few bottles open for tasting. But at Hong Kong International Airport, there’s a bar with a bartender, seating, and complimentary drinks made with any of six featured liquors of the day.

You can belly up to bar and try any – or all – of the cocktails of the day or just grab a drink on the go from the hostess on duty.

One other fun feature spotted during my tour: an exhibition of toys, including this giant top (thank-you to my volunteer model) and a vintage Astro Boy!

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Greetings from Vancouver International Airport

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is one of the world’s top notch airports, with amenities that range from the in-airport Vancouver Fairmont Hotel (which has a fish butler), to spas, a dentist, a medical clinic, a liquor store and a 7-Eleven.

There are also, of course, plenty of shops offering everything from maple syrup to high-end handbags.

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But, with a four-hour layover in the international terminal I discovered one basic travel amenity that was missing.

Not one shop in the International Terminal sells pantyhose.

I tried leaving the international transit area to go the pre-security side so I could pick up a pair at the 7-Eleven, but no dice.

“Once you’re in the transit area, you cannot leave,” the staff person at the Information Desk told me. “But there are several stores that sell woolen socks.”

I tweeted my frustration while walking in and out of every single shop. And I received no outpouring of empathy and support.

Just this Tweet:

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