I’ve been SO busy whizzing around all over the place, and have so much to tell you (I’m aware I always say this, but it’s generally true!). So last week, lovely Macy’s, the famous department store in the USA, invited me to their store in Orlando at the Mall at Millenia, and also to visit the new store in Sarasota. I’ll just let that sink in – I was invited to AMERICA to GO SHOPPING. And also, because it was his special birthday (not allowed to say but you know the one), they invited Mr English too!
So, after sorting out the kids/dog/cat situation, we headed off to the airport, busting with excitement, to board a flight to Orlando. It seems that the entire tourism industry in Florida had decided to spoil the birthday boy, as when we arrived, this was waiting for Mr English:
Yes indeedy, the folks at Florida Car Hire heard we were coming and sorted out this little beauty for Mr English to drive while in Orlando. If you’re planning a trip to the USA you should look them up – they were super lovely and they’re actually UK based, but with over 100 locations all over Florida AND they’re rated first in the car hire category on Trustpilot. We were so impressed – they’re also very chatty on Twitter (find them @DriveFlorida) and trusted us with this beautiful car for our whole trip. Amazingly generous.
Anyhoo, back to Macy’s. The store has basically been around since about the 1800s in America and the first big store was in New York. There are now more than 850 stores worldwide (they’re currently building the next one in Dubai, scheduled to open in 2018). The Macy’s we visited, at the gorgeous Mall at Millenia has been open since 2005 but, like everything at Millenia, looks brand new and sparkly. Here’s our visit in pictures:
We actually missed the arrival of Santa by one day, but were delighted with the whimsical Christmas displays:
On to Macy’s then… I’m always particularly drawn to a make up counter and I even had a lovely make-over at the Lancome counter (sorry for the rubbish picture):
One of the things I love about Macy’s is that they’re always evolving and improving. This store was having a new Chanel counter fitted (I took a sneaky shot):
They also team up with celebrities and brands on a regular basis. Check out this glorious Kate Spade tableware. I didn’t even know Kate Spade did home stuff:
We even bumped into Martha Stewart (well, her home range, anyway):
When you’re ready for a pit stop, it’s worth popping into the Nespresso area, where you can stop and have an espresso (or any of the seemingly hundreds of different coffees they offer) while you’re browsing all the fabulous machines (just a heads up – there’s a whisper that there’s going to be a Nespresso/KitchenAid partnership in the near future):
How cool is this one? It’s called a Nespresso VirtuoLine, and it delivers a full 8oz cup of coffee (sadly not yet available in the UK):
After finishing our coffees, I obviously had to drag Mr English over to have a little drool over the aformentioned KitchenAids:
But hey, this trip wasn’t all about us, and the kids’ section at Macy’s is AMAZING:
The changing rooms are bright and HUGE (very buggy friendly) and there are even vending machines!
…and I was really excited that there was a ‘Hello Kitty’ department! (If that doesn’t float your boat, there’s more or less every other decent children’s brand you can think of, from newborn babies upwards, and including a fabulous maternity wear section with a free bra fitting service.)
I’ve got tons more to tell you, from bargain shopping tips, hotel recommendations and restaurant reviews, but until then, follow #UKdoesMacys on Twitter, because two other lovely bloggers are heading out to San Francisco and New York to discover the Macy’s stores there. Lucky things.
If you’re planning a trip to the USA and would like to know more about Macy’s, check out Visit Macy’s USA – you’ll even find me there!