Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Grand Lobby Is The Gateway to TAAB!

It feels like checking into a five star hotel... but it's the Grand Lobby which is the gateway from the parking lot to The Americana at Brand! As you whisk into the stylishly decorated Grand Lobby, you will be greeted by the concierge at the large marble desk. Need a moment to relax from shopping and have a cool drink? Just mosey on into the Lobby, have a seat and listen to the piano play a tune.

You won't be able to take your eyes off of the gorgeous art deco era chandelier. Over 14 feet long, the crystal petals of light make the Grand Lobby shine! Not to mention the majestic murals depicting California.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

All Aboard!

Ding, ding, ding went the trolley, as it was unveiled for the first time today at TAAB! Designed by George McGinnis (below, left), a long time Disney Imagineer, the trolley will entice both kids and adults. It cheerily chugs around the entire center and it's sure to stop traffic along Brand Boulevard. Because it's two cars long everyone will have a chance to ride! See you there!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Makin' A Big Splash!



A first look at the fab Dancing Fountain at TAAB groovin' to the stylings of Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." Stay tuned for Barry White!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Going Up?

While the main elevator from the parking structure may look charming and old fashioned with its faux pulley systems, it is actually state-of-the-art. As you ride down to the Grand Lobby, you will get the best view of The Americana at Brand. This is just one of many things that makes TAAB so unique and adds to the nostalgia of the industrial era.

At Your Service

Whether you live there or just visiting, the concierge team at TAAB is there to take care of you. You can find them at their post in the Grand Lobby ready to help you with anything including -- tee times, restaurant reservations, travel arrangements, personal shopping, personal fitness trainer, concert and theme park tickets and not to mention having a package shipped or messengered... and that's just for the visitors.

For residents -- they only need to pick up the phone and almost any request will be done on the fly. It's no wonder The Grove's concierge team was named best in the nation by the Wall Street Journal. However, The Grove better watch out, because TAAB could very well steal the title next year!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Barneys New York Co-Op Takes A Second Home In Los Angeles

Barneys New York gets casual with its slick and hip spin off -- The Co-Op. They define themselves as a store that has no age discrimination and that everyone has the right to dress funky and fierce. The Grove is the home of the first Barneys New York Co-Op, so it seems a very comfortable fit for them to open their second store in L.A. at The Americana at Brand. Now you can dress Uptown even when you're in California!

Fountain Fabulous!

Eat your heart out Sin City... there's a new fountain in town! Last night the fountain danced for the first time and it was magical. But not to be left out, the groovin' lighted Spire overlooking TAAB got in on the action, as its lights flashed in sync with the watery dance.

As reported in an earlier post, the fountain was imagined by Wet Design, the folks that created the Bellagio fountain in Vegas.

Fountain and Spire light show performs to:
“Get Happy” by Judy Garland
“America” by James Patrick
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli
“So Close” by Alan Menken
“Let the Good Times Roll” by Ray Charles
“Cheek to Cheek” by Frank Sinatra
“Suite from the Polar Express” by Alan Silvestri
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White
“It's Not Unusual” by Tom Jones

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Everything's Coming Up Roses

With the completion date right around the corner, TAAB is adding the finishing touches including landscaping and waterfalls. Over 500 trees (including the pink flowering ones) will lend shade and natural beauty to this outdoor wonderland. Thousands of roses (12 different varieties) and many other blooming flowers will also add even more color and atmosphere.

It is definitely a place to get together with friends and family and hang out.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Go Back In Time...

We might not remember when sodas cost 10 cents, but it doesn't mean we can't enjoy the feeling of being back in simpler days. The Americana at Brand is doing just that. Forget standing in line for a drink, just look around for a little red bicycle and hail a soda host who will quench your thirst in a jiffy! Dressed in a classic 1950s look in crisp white with the recognizable “peaked” white hat and red tie, the soda hosts add another element of American culture to the rich environment at TAAB.

Treat Yourself

Calidora Skin Clinic is getting ready to open up its doors in Glendale. Their variety of treatments range from the "Calidora Signature Facial" to "Laser Painting." Known for their photo-imaging technology to analyze your complexion, Calidora can create a customized skincare treatment plan just for you. With interiors inspired by the Greek Islands, Calidora invites you to come in and relax. For more information on their amazing treatments, go to www.calidora.com.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Caruso Takes Formal Alfresco!

In a word... stunning! Suspended in mid air, this gorgeous crystal chandelier takes The Americana at Brand from unique to chic. Handcrafted from 1,200 dazzling Czechoslovakian crystals, this one of a kind outdoor chandelier will set Caruso Avenue ablaze!!! Guaranteed to become a photo op fav!!!

Window Dressing

Shoppers... get those credit cards ready!!! Urban Outfitters is just one of the many stores beginning to move into their new home! The hustle and bustle is non stop as the clock counts down to the inauguration of this incredible shopping/dining/living destination on May 2nd.

Below, the peeps at Anthropologie are hard at work stocking their shelves!

Say Cheese!

Cake, that is! The Cheesecake Factory is nearly ready to wine and dine you as the staff puts the finishing touches around everyone's favorite eatery. The bar is stocked, the waiters are dressed and ready to serve... all that's missing here is you!

Friday, April 18, 2008

I Scream, You Scream... We All Scream For Ice Cream!

America's favorite treat will not be forgotten at TAAB! But unlike any other, the ice cream will be served from an original 1931 Good Humor Ice Cream truck that has been turbo charged with a modern freezer. Ice Cream with ambiance!

Now That's Entertainment

Simply flawless. Walking into Pacific Theatres lobby is like taking a step back in time. It's super glam! The dome ceiling is still waiting for the finishing touches, but it seems to be almost perfect.

TAAB is going to be the place to be on date night with all the wonderful eateries, this state of the art 18-screen cinema and a romantic stroll through "The Green."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Barnes & Noble Really Stacks Up.

The books are in the stacks, the baristas-in-training are pouring espresso behind the coffee bar and the escalators are zipping up and down the three story super store. No dashing for the finish line for B&N by May 2nd (opening day). These folks have it in the bag -- recyclable, of course!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fashion Fierce!

Retail therapy never felt this good.
Fashion Anthropologie • A/X Armani Exchange • Barneys New York CO-OP • BCBG Max Azria • Calvin Klein • Chico’s • Custo Barcelona • Divine Boutique • Free People • H&M • J. Crew • Juicy Couture • Martin + Osa • Michael Stars • Ruehl• True Religion • Urban Outfitters • XXI Specialty Art of Shaving • Aveda Lifestyle Salon • Bare Escentuals • Barnes & Noble • Calidora Spa • crewcuts • Gilly Hicks • Kiehl’s • Lacoste • Lucky Kid• lululemon athletica • Paperchase • Peek…Aren’t You Curious • Peter Alexander • Puma • Sur La Table • Vera Bradley Shoes and Accessories Cole Haan • Guess Footwear • Kate Spade • Marciano • Stuart Weitzman • Tiffany & Co.

Who's Hungry?

Also, for food on the fly: Beard Papa • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf • CrepeMaker • Jamba Juice • Jody Maroni's World Famous Sausage • Nestle Toll House Cafe • pinkberry • Richie's Neighborhood Pizzeria

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Once Upon A Time In Glendale...

Make A Wish!

When this fountain starts dancing, you will too! Set to the tunes of Frank, Judy and Louis, the star of TAAB is the spectacular fountain -- imagined by Wet Design, the folks that created the Bellagio fountain in Vegas. You can find it on "The Green" -- check it out!

Katsuya Anyone?

One of Hollywood's hottest restaurants, Katsuya, is coming to The Americana at Brand. It will be the third location for the famous Japanese cuisine celebrity hangout. The world class sushi and the spectacular design dazzle the senses.

The chic and sophisticated design of Philippe Starck will get people buzzing. Famous for his interior designs and his unusual consumer products, Starck collaborated with renowned nightclub impresario Ian Schrager, former co-owner of Studio 54, to refit the Royalton Hotel on New York’s East 44th Street. This design changed the face of hotel interiors forever. Now Starck will have a new famous interior at The Americana at Brand.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pack Your Bags

Now you can shop till you drop in your own home! Need a new outfit on the fly? Want dinner delivered? Dog needs walking? No problem, just call the concierge. Live the dream at The Americana at Brand -- Luxury living in 238 apartments and 100 premier condominiums. Sit on your terrace and watch the world go by!