Pandora were opening up a shop, in Hempstead Valley, which is not far from me at all, and really good news for people in the Medway area!
As you all know, I really love Pandora, I blame two of my friends who introduced me to the bracelets, beads and charms. Then as soon as I found out they had a gingerbread man charm I was sold! You may also remember that my friends brought me the Pandora Essence bracelet for my Birthday this year, which I really love!
Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the official ribbon cutting of the store, I had to take Chester and Millie with me, and in fairness they were well behaved. We arrived early so that I could have a chance to chat to the store manager, Alison, who is lovely. You can hear the enthusiasm and excitement she has for the store in her voice! She is thrilled at how well the new store has been received. I quizzed Alison on the new Pandora Disney range, which are currently only available in North America, and the Disney Parks, unfortunately there is still no word as to if and when they will be available over here. I chatted about my favourite charms and Alison told me her favourites are mostly from the new Starry night collection and she also loves her Essence bracelet as each of the charms mean something special to her.
I was also very pleased to be able to have a chat with the franchise owner Trevor Fitzgerald. He explained the reasons why they decided to open in Medway, specifically Hempstead Valley. This was because the shopping centre is easily accessible, it offers free parking and the store itself is situated in a great position. The Store was actually opened on Tuesday evening (ahead of schedule) and as mentioned above it has been really well recieved, it has been very busy!
Hempstead Valley is having a bit of a revamp at the moment, they are currently building some big name chain restaurants. So having a Pandora shop there too is really just another excuse to shop local!
So the ribbon cutting took place, and everyone was very excited, there was champagne and cupcakes on offer upon entry, and the store filled up pretty quickly with lots of customers! Its a lovely bright and spacious store, so even when busy, you were able to browse the cabinets easily.
Anne from Sittingbourne, was the first Customer of the day and she was only to happy to tell me that she has already visited a few times since they opened just a few days ago! Today she purchased some lovely earrings. She went on to say that she was really happy that Pandora had come to Hempstead Valley, its the perfect location for her to just pop in whenever she wanted to.
The new Christmas range really caught my eye, especially the Snowman! I also really liked the new Starry Night range, its still christmassy but is subtle enough to be wearable all year round! Chatting to the staff its clear that they have lots of enthusiasm about the Pandora products, they were only to happy to give me recommendations and advice. I was made aware of the Star stacking ring, and I just love it. I actually hadn't paid much attention to the rings in the past, but after trying a few on today I can certainly see a purchase coming up soon!
So if Pandora Hempstead Valley is your new local Pandora, I totally recommend you pay them a visit!
Do you have a favourite Pandora item? Mine is my Giraffe Charm as it reminds me of our Honeymoon in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, where our room overlooked the Giraffe's!