Crate and Barrel is here.
It’s really here.
Remember when I was posting a while back through my gratitude challenge about how grateful I was able to spend some time with my cousin? Well, that particular cousin, was the International Trainer who came from Crate Corporate to train the staff and orient them for the new Crate Opening in Megamall Fashion Hall.
Gratitude Challenge. Day 10. I am grateful for days out of the ordinary. Days where I step outside the norm of keeping house and home. Of changing it up. Celebrating simple things. And really grand things like new homes, new leases on life, and new plans to see realized. I’m grateful for the routine of my life having kids in school and sitting at my desk every morning. But I’m even more grateful for the chances to step outside that routine…especially with ladies who love me and support me as I support them. @tricciaramos @joannemillonadosantos #cousins #gratitudechallenge #grateful
I was just beside myself waiting for the opening! These are the store openings I get really excited for!
So because I was able to snap a few pictures and walk around before the mad dash to fill our baskets and carts started, I wanted to share some of these things with you just in time for Christmas. I plan to post a lot on all my Crate and Barrel finds so be sure to be on the look out for fun posts with lots of great products for the hearth and home.
For those of you who are not famliar with Crate and Barrel, it began as a family owned business which started in 1962. Gordon and Carole Segal of Chicago, Illinois first opened their doors after they were inspired by the well designed and affordable products they found on their honeymoon in Europe. They were able to open up their first store which was mostly home furnishings using the CRATES and the BARRELS that their inventory had been shipped in. Hence, the name Crate & Barrel.
Years after opening, this iconic store which has most everything for the home with outlets in major North American cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. They have even penetrated the international market with franchise locations in Dubai, Singapore, Mexico, and now-The Philippines.
How happy am I that SM Retail has opened one of my favorite stores in SM Megamall???
Today, Crate is my go to store for everything kitchen. I am inspired to create meals that are a step above what I would normally prepare for my family when I visit the Housewares section of any Crate outlet. I look for the little clever items that can make lunch packing easier for my kids, cut meal time preparation in half, or cookbooks to guide me through unexplored cuisines. I know that when I buy at Crate, I will not only be assisted by knowledgeable staff who know the uses and the tricks to using the small appliances that they sell but that I am assured of the quality and the return policy.
When I was still living in NY, I would often visit the warehouse sales, the outlets in various outlet shopping malls for deals and steals. Aside from looking for great deals, I would be sure to check out their Paramus, NJ store for everything that was new, current, and in season as well.
From my sturdy silverware set that I used yesterday in our makeshift Thanksgiving dinner, to our hutch where I proudly display the Wedgewood China that we received as part of our wedding gifts, and the Steamer Bar that sits in our living room waiting for when we have guests…we are a Crate Family who appreciates what goes into quality for the home and for the kitchen.
Check out my photo stream of the opening last week that I was so lucky to attend!
Do you have a bar and like to entertain? I found this super helpful in explaining all the different types of barware you can invest in. Actually, I found a lot of items that would be great for my bar.
Like these decanters:
But in all honesty…this is probably one of my most favorite parts of the store. While I love the furniture, I love the decorative pillows, and clever ways to package gifts, I also LOVE the gadget wall. So many of these gadgets can make your life easy while you are in the kitchen cooking up something good. I will tell you about some of these gadgets in future posts. I have gadgets that I have purchase years ago from this same wall in the Paramus store. Some I have even purchased from their Madison Avenue store while I was visiting my cousin during her stint there.
Obviously, when you walk into a store like Crate & Barrel, there will be things that you will be drawn to…you will find products to make your life easier, small appliances to help you eat and drink healthier, and furniture that will warm up any room in your home to make it more inviting.
I only chose a few things that I wanted to share with you that I found helpful and which would fit well in my home, but I’m sure if you take some time to explore the store -you’ll find lotsa things that would work well in your home as well.
Have you gone and visited already? What did you find that you were drawn to?
For more information:
Crate and Barrel
SM Megamall Fashion Hall
Mon-Sun: 10am to 10pm