Outlet mall shopping at Vancouver Int’l Airport

Between the art, the restaurants, the shops, the observation area and the spas, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at Vancouver International Airport.

Now there’s one more great reason: the designer outlet mall.


Located on land owned by the airport and partially-owned by the airport, the open-air McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport opened earlier this month on Sea Island and is accessible via a free ride on the Canada Line.

Special events celebrating the grand opening continue through August 2nd, with shopping promotions and activities, including live music and several pop-up venues in the Hawkers Mercado.

Automated airport kiosks offer useful items

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Automated kiosks at airports selling everything from high-end cosmetics to Kindles, phone chargers and other electronics are no longer a rare sight. And, unlike airport stores which close their gates at night, these vending machines are open 24 hours.

I’m pleased to see that the offerings in these machines are getting broader.
3FlOZ has kiosks stocked with TSA-compliant travel-sized essentials in a dozen airports. And kiosks from the Honest Company, stocked with everything from diapers to bug spray and other “Oops, I forgot” items, are beginning to appear in airports as well.

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Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find inside these kiosks:

Four curated collections including a “travel kit” complete with on-the-go essentials from toothpaste to lotion; a “founder’s favorite” featuring traveler must-have products from hand sanitizer spray to lip balm; “diapers and wipes” kit and a “baby care” kit. Additionally, the kiosks feature over 26 personal and baby items for purchase from Honest’s product suite ranging from baby swim trunks to Shave Oil to Immunity Defense tablets to Conditioning Mist.

So far, the kiosks are in Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Concourse C + D), John F. Kennedy International Airport (Terminal 5 + 7), DFW Airport (Terminal B, C, D), Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport (Terminal 1) and in Houston’s George Bush International Airport in the Terminal D/E connector.

Pucker up for Heathrow’s lipstick festival

The Statue of Liperty: As part of its new month-long festival of lipstick Heathrow has today unveiled a two-storey replica of the Statue of Liberty in Terminal 5 made using classic red lipstick - the most popular lipstick shade currently being worn by New Yorkers and Big Apple bound passengers. T

A lot of lipstick is sold at Heathrow Airport shops and that’s reason enough to have a Lipstick Festival and reason enough to commission the creation of the 20-foot-tall “Statue of Liperty” that will be on view at Terminal 5 for the next month. The statue, created by a team of make-up artist and sculptors, sits on a base that resembles a giant lipstick case and is made from classic red lipstick, which is the most popular lipstick shade being worn by New Yorkers and New York-bound passengers, according Heathrow’s airport’s annual report on lipstick shades being worn in cities around the world.


As part of lipstick celebration, the airport also commissioned British micro-artist Hedley Wiggan to create Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and other landmarks from regular-size lipsticks, using what the lipstick report identified as the year’s most popular colors for each city:

· New York – Bright Red shade

· London – Caramel Nude shade

· Paris – Dusky Rose shade

· Shanghai – Sheer Coral shade

· Dubai – Rose Pink shade

If all this talk of lipstick has you wanting a fresh look – or a nice gift for a friend – check out Heathrow’s Facebook page or follow the airport on Twitter (@HeathrowAirport). They’re giving away a lipstick a day for the next two weeks. All entries will also be eligible for a ‘get the look’ beauty pack.

Souvenir Sunday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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It’s Souvenir Sunday – the day Stuck at the Airport takes a look at the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed treasures you can find when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treat comes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), where we spotted this Hello Kitty doll wearing a cute little Texas Longhorns t-shirt.

The only thing cuter was this t-shirt designed for real dolls:


Boutique cigars on sale at MIA Int’l Airport


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is developing a locally-themed marketplace in the North Terminal, (between gates D-26 and D-29) and plans to fill it with shops and restaurants that offer a sampling of Miami’s diverse demographics.

A Miami Marlins store opened in the marketplace in December and this week the airport celebrated the opening of a branch of Cuban Crafters , which sells boutique cigars, humidors and accessories.


More marketplace outlets should be open by the summer and the airport promises other locally themed concepts, from Caribbean and Mediterranean food to stone crabs and empanadas.