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National Geographic Store
Embracing cultures and artifacts from all over the world, the National Geographic Store brings the whole world together in one store. A global marketplace and an extraordinary retail environment combines in one, the National Geographic Store creates a whole new world for shoppers to explore.
Venturing further inside, I was disappointed to learn that everything was super expensive. Some items are quite nice but looking at the price tag, I decided to give it a miss. Honestly, this is just a fancy shop bearing a fancy name, nothing much. You can get the same item, more or less, much cheaper at other shop.
Their opening of this store at Vivocity is a bit of a mystery to me. There are many interesting things for sale in the store from magazines, to travel clothes, to various National Geographic memorabilia. They even have a "cold room" for those missing the colder climates.
However, the things here are ridiculously over-priced. I do not know if they are trying to raise funds for more projects, promote their brand, or just capitalizing on the National Geographic name. In any case, I have never bought anything from this store and do not foresee doing so unless the prices are lowered.
Its a great place for window shopping though.
I tried the desserts at the cafe located inside though, and have to say their Orange Cheesecake is delicious. Zesty with orange peel, it is rich and savoury. However, their staff are unfamiliar with products and plain water there is not offered for free unless one purchases a drink on their list. Lighting here is also dim, which I dislike for a cafe. However, the bright side is that their furniture is apparently for sale, unless I'm wrong, and consists of antique wooden chairs and tables, adding an interesting aspect to the small cafe. There are also few people at the cafe, so it's a good place to relax and converse.
Other than that, there's nothing much I felt this place could offer me.
It was only after I really went into the shop that I realised they were selling things. I had brought my children into the shop thinking that it was just promoting the channel and I actually want to encourage my children to like the channel.
I left quite quickly when I realised this shop was actually selling the things on display and most of the things on display were interesting to children and it was very difficult to control children not to touch things that they were interested in. It was safer for me to leave the shop than have my children accidentally break something on display and I had to pay for that. Most of the things were not cheap.
The only time I ever bought something was a mug with a photo of giraffes during a sunset which was on sale. It was really pretty and I gave it to my roomie who loves giraffes. But I don't foresee myself buying anything anytime soon until there is a sale or summat.
I have never actually gotten down to buying anything, mainly because the items are too expensive, and bank on the novelty factor rather than something that I would actually use. Still, that has never stopped me from dropping by every once in a while to browse through the new artefacts and spend some time in the cafe near the front of the store which sells pretty good hot chocolate. It's thick and aromatic, and the cafe is dark and cosy enough for a good chat.
They sold things that normal retail stores would normally only bring in seasonally like winter coats and gears and they even had a 'Cold Room' to experience cold weather within a small, climate-controlled room. It really attracted me because it was so unique, but I didn't end up buying anything each time I went because they were too pricey.
Not exactly a museum, the National Geographic store also serves as a flea market of sorts. The latest exhibitions and showcases are brought here, with apparel and merchandise set up besides it to guile shoppers to buy them. I personally find them extremely overpriced (and not very useful, as I could just view these information on the Internet) and never bought any. However, it is a place of wonders, and I have spent a number of hours in the shop just looking at the exhibitions.
Cool place full of attractions, but do control your buying impulses - you'll regret it later.
The fact that since then, I've been in there about 3-4 times a year says much about how much I love the store! It's everything in the magazines and on TV brought to life!
I strongly recommend this store for lovers of National Geographic and for collectors of memorabilia from various parts of the world. the items sold in there are on the pricey side, but hey, it's all original stuff!