In July 2018, Sony Pictures Classics is releasing a movie in the USA (and hopefully Canada) called "Puzzle". We are sure that puzzle fans everywhere will be excited to see this film that features their favourite hobby on the big screen. The main character, Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), meets a gentleman (Irrfan Khan) who is searching for a puzzle partner to enter jigsaw competitions with him. The story unfolds a tale of friendship that is built around many things, but we're obviously most excited about the puzzle part! So cool!
If you're looking for some last minute gift ideas for a variety of ages, then check out the reviews from Staci, our friendly blogger, at 3 Plus A Bunny! She has some great game ideas for preschoolers, tweens and ladies only!
And the Top Productive Malls by Square Foot in Canada and the US
4 October 2017
It comes as no surprise that 14 of Canada's top 30 most productive malls per square foot are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and six are in Greater Vancouver according to the Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) December 2016 report. Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Vancouver's Oakridge Shopping Centre respectively take the number one and two spot on the list of the 30, followed by the CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver and the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. But it's the Southgate Shopping Centre in Edmonton, AB that breaks up the Vancouver/Toronto honours at number five. A few of Outset's best customers are in these malls with Discovery Hut at the CF Chinook Centre, Mind Games at the Metropolis at Metrowtown, Mrs.Tiggy Winkles at CF Rideau Centre and Hallmark Gold Crown at Southgate Shopping Centre.
If you haven't already heard, in 2017 we took on a massive project to create seven 1000 piece puzzles that when assembled and aligned next to each other create one continuous 15 foot span of rainbow colours. From Pink to Purple these 1000 piece puzzles come together seamlessly. Take a look at this example of "Yellow" aligned next to "Green" and you'll see how they blend together - the breaking point is just between the Anne of Green Gables book in "Yellow" and the blue umbrella in "Green". Pretty neat eh?
According to Deloitte, back to school shopping is the second biggest shopping season of the year with 27 billion in sales in the US. The National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Proper Insights & Analytics showed that as of early August, just 45% of shoppers have checked everything off their list. It's the lowest number since 2012!
How do you get these shoppers into your store before the school season starts? As a retailer, offering engaging "back to school" games and hands-on demo stations is a great way to capture the attention of parents. Many parents are undecided about whether they will shop online or in-store - so give them a reason to come through your doors!
Canada Day is a time of celebration and thanksgiving! Every year cities across the nation colour the streets in their red and white threads, face paint and waving flags. The aroma of street vendors preparing sticky confections and fried foods waft through the air mingling with the sound of cheers and stage performers. It's a time to be grateful in community, especially in 2017, as Canadians commemorate 150 years of Confederation! Communities will join together to celebrate our diversity and the freedom to live as one nation.