Hey guys! Last week was incredible! I was invited to attend the GRAND OPENING of the brand new Tanger Outlets in Columbus, Ohio. I knew going into it Tanger had planned a fun-filled week full of events, but I could have never imagined the crowds and the amount of excitement surrounding the 75+ retailers opening their doors.
First things first, the center was STUNNING! We all know I love to shop, so I’ve frequented many shopping centers. I’m telling you guys, you just can’t beat Tanger. Each one I’ve been to is laid out in a way that makes planning your trip effortless and the outdoor design is so refreshing. It’s not hard to spend all day there! They have amenities for everyone – stroller rentals, food vendors, clean bathrooms (very important) and more. I was blown away! You just can’t find these things at an ordinary shopping mall.
I arrived Wednesday to get a sneak peek at some of the INCREDIBLE retail collections and to pull looks for the Good Day Columbus morning show on Thursday. Side note – Thank you to the GDC crew for being so welcoming! I pulled multiple looks – one for work, one for a night out and a great casual summer look for men. Check out the segment below!
Friday morning started bright and early with stores opening their doors at 9AM! People were lined up throughout the center waiting to get into their favorite spots, it was crazy! The energy was great and I loved getting to speak with so many locals that had been planning their shopping trip for weeks.
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony held shortly after stores opened their doors. We heard from Steve Tanger himself and of course The Property Brothers from HGTV – Jonathan and Drew Scott. Man, do these guys attract a crowd! While I’m sure all the ladies in the crowd were there to shop, they sure did want to get selfies with the guys. It was a sight to see! They hosted a super informative design workshop also – I took lots of mental notes!
After the ceremony, it was time to shop! Ann Taylor Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic Factory Store, The LOFT Outlet, Gap Factory and more… There were more stores than my little heart (or feet) could make it to, so I’ll just have to visit again! I certainly shopped ‘til I dropped and found great summer pieces that I’ll share with you in the coming weeks.
Bonus deal – Tanger was giving away these adorable Vera Bradley wristlets with same-day receipts totalling over $125 (which was not difficult to accomplish). I love fun giveaways like these! Also, if you look closely, they were promoting the Tanger App… A little birdie tells me that there is a BIG surprise coming to all app users on July 25th, so be sure and download it before then. I’m talking HUGE savings! Read all about the perks here.
And last but not least, my grand opening outfit! I went with this comfy off-the-shoulder denim dress from J.Crew Factory and a pair of neutral, lace-up heels from Coach (not pictured). No worries, they had a chunky heel and were super comfy, allowing me to be on my feet all day. I topped it off with the essentials, a classic gold bangle from the LOFT Outlet and my go-to sunnies from Old Navy Outlet.
I feel like I’m still recovering from all of the excitement! I can’t wait for the next Tanger event.