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Souvenir Sunday at Sea-Tac Airport

Two new shops at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport offer some great options for locally-themed souvenirs.

SubPop

The Sub Pop shop sells music by many of the bands signed up with the independent record label, of course, but it also sells a wide variety of other items, including Sub Pop-branded t-shirts, note cards, travel pillows and coffee.

Sub Pop coffee

Over at the new Metsker Maps shop, you’ll find globes, books, small flags, all manner of maps (of course) and a wide variety of other geography-themed gifts. And when I stopped by last week, John Loacker, president of the historic Kroll Map Company, which joined forces with Metsker Maps of Seattle in 1999, was on duty and happy to show me around.

Metsker Maps owner.

The store had been open just a few days, but Loacker said there were already some bestsellers, including paper city maps and these country-themed patches.

Metsker Maps patches

Souvenir Sunday at the Boeing Store

EVA AIR DELIVERY

It’s always fun to go to Everett, Wash. for a delivery ceremony for a new airplane and last week there was an especially festive event for EVA Air to celebrate delivery of the airline’s 16th and 17th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

These two planes are the first to sport the new Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system and feature a variety of seat, service and amenity upgrades.

Going to a delivery ceremony in Everett also offers the opportunity to shop at the Boeing Store and stock up on airplane-shaped paperclips and tins of 787 & 777 mints.

BOEING SOUVENIRS

Want some of these?

You can, of course, go the Boeing Store and get some there, or you can send me a photo and some descriptive information about a fun, inexpensive and locally-themed souvenir you’ve found at an airport or aviation center.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, I’ll send you a ‘reward’ from my stash of recently scored souvenirs from the Boeing Store.

Whales, sales & soccer at MIA airport

All sorts of news this week from Miami International Airport (MIA).

There’s a new exhibition of photography and video documenting the migration of whales from Alaska and Hawaii to Latin American, including Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

Look for Giants/Rutas de Gigantes in the airport’s South Terminal international greeter’s lobby.

MIA WHALE Jason Isley

Jason Isley/Scubazoo/Fundación Albatros Media

This week MIA also opened an online store to sell caps and mugs with the airport’s classic logo.

MIA MUG“We actually got the idea from a celebrity we saw online wearing an imitation cap with our logo,” said MIA spokesman Greg Chin. “After we tracked down the store and took legal action against them to stop selling the merchandise, our Airport Director got the idea to sell the real merchandise ourselves!”

And, to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo, MIA has an ambitious line-up of activities for all the fans that will be flying to Brazil through MIA.

 

MIA GATEWAY LOGO

From late May through mid-July, the airport will be hosting interactive pop-up soccer fields with professional soccer players, soccer-inspired artwork by local students from Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High, surprise musical performances (with a Brazilian beat) and Nintendo Wii Soccer game stations.  Shops will be selling soccer team souvenirs and gear and many of the shops will be having special offers.

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.

nails

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