Syracuse, NY- Thompson Square, an award-winning country duo, is playing live at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill on Saturday, October 25. The husband-wife pair goes on stage at 10 p.m. with an opening act starting around 9 p.m.
Thompson Square has released five singles that have peaked within the top 20 positions on the US Country chart, including “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” which reached No. 1. The duo has won three American Country Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, one CMT Music Awards and one Country Music Association Awards since 2011.
WHAT: Thompson Square live concert with TJ Sacco and the Urban Cowboys opening
WHEN: Saturday, October 25 at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, third level of Destiny USA’s Canyon Area
COST: $25 advance, $30 door
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill or visit their website, www.countrybarsyracuse.com.
Syracuse, NY- Destiny USA is holding a trick or treat and Halloween movie event on October 31 so kids and their parents will have a safe, warm place to spend the holiday.
Trick or treating will start at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31. More than 85 stores, venues and restaurants will be ready with bowls of candy for the kids. All of the participating businesses will have a special Halloween sticker on their window or door.
“Our trick or treating event on Halloween is great for children of all ages to get out of the cold weather and enjoy the holiday indoors,” Sara Wallace, Director of Marketing of Destiny USA, said. “Halloween is always a lot of fun here at Destiny USA, with so many of our retailers engaged, dressing up and handing out candy. It’s important to the facility as a whole that we give kids the opportunity to have a great time trick or treating in a safe environment.”
An adult must accompany anyone younger than 18 who attends the movie or trick or treats at Destiny USA. Candy is available at the participating businesses, while supplies last.
Destiny USA will also be playing Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie in the Canyon Area at 4 p.m. and replaying it each hour through 7 p.m. for families to enjoy. Free popcorn will be provided during the movie. We’ll also have a coloring station with Halloween-themed coloring sheets for kids.
Syracuse, NY- Happy 24th birthday to Carousel Center! The facility, now renamed Destiny USA, opened 24 years ago on October 15, 1990 with approximately 1.1 million square feet of retail space. It has more than doubled in size since then, and has had quite an impact on the region.
With the addition of the expansion in 2011, Destiny USA is now 2.4 million square feet. It is home to more than 160 retail stores, over 40 outlets, 33 restaurants and 17 entertainment venues, making it a destination for couples, friends and families across the region and the world.
Carousel Center has a fascinating history. It was named after the iconic Carousel that sits inside the Food Court on the second level. Carousel No. 18 was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1909 and had quite a journey as it moved around the country for 81 years – including several homes in the Syracuse area. The Pyramid Companies purchased the Carousel for $397,500 in 1985 when its then-current home at Roseland Park closed. The company restored it and placed it in Carousel Center in 1990.
“The Carousel continues to run each day and puts smiles on the faces of everyone, kids and adults alike,” Sara Wallace, Director of Marketing, said. “Destiny USA will be offering free carousel rides to everyone on October 15 as part of the anniversary celebration.”
The facility has always been much more than just a shopping center. Even from its early years, it has been a driver of economic development, including jobs, sales tax revenues, and tourism to the area. Carousel Center, and now Destiny USA, also has an active history focused on environmental protection since Robert Congel, founder of The Pyramid Companies, purchased the land the facility stands on in 1983.
Now, in its industry-leading role, Destiny USA implements a model of advanced and innovative sustainability initiatives as a LEED Gold® certified building, including rainwater harvesting, a solar reflective “cool” roof, purchasing Green Power for the facility, using recycled products used in construction throughout the expansion, and many more.
“We’re proud of our LEED Gold® status and strive to expand all of our sustainability measures throughout the facility,” Rob Schoeneck, General Manager, said. “Destiny USA has grown its recycling program in recent years and created a composting program. Since July 2012, we’ve composted more than 1.1 million pounds from 25 restaurants.”
5 Wits Anticipates One-Millionth Adventurer
During Columbus Day Weekend
Foxboro, MA (September 29, 2014): Who will be 5 Wits’ One-Millionth Adventurer? The immersive-entertainment adventure venue with locations in Foxboro andSyracuse,NY anticipates reaching its One-Millionth Adventurer milestone sometime over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Foxboro General Manager Frank Cerio.
The public is encouraged to visit5 Wits Patriot Placeand the 5 Wits at DestinyUSAinSyracuseleading up to and during Columbus Day weekend, October 10-13. Anyone from either location could be The One-Millionth Adventurer.
“We are excited to be reaching such a significant milestone for our Foxboro andSyracuselocations and will be awarding a 5 Wits Prize Pack worth $500 to the One-Millionth Adventurer,” said Cerio.
5 Wits is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Tomb adventure. Participants have to battle an angry Pharaoh in order to escape his ancient tomb. Visitors who don’t prove their worthiness against the Pharaoh’s many challenges may be trapped in his burial chamber for all eternity!
“Tomb was created 10 years ago inMassachusetts, and a newer, updated version opened inSyracusethis past spring,” said Cerio. “We don’t have this adventure in our Foxboro location but it’s very popular inSyracuse. Customers love the Indiana Jones feel when they are exploring the ancient Egyptian tomb.”
5 Wits is a cutting-edge concept in live-action entertainment that “immerses” participants in one of four realistic, hands-on adventures. The original 5 Wits was founded in Massachusetts10 years ago. For more information visit www.5-wits.com/Foxboro or call 855.955.WITS.
Syracuse, NY- Flormar, the irrevocable women’s makeup brand, is coming to Destiny USA’s first level, next to The Limited. Flormar offers a wide product range, from high quality nail polish, blush, foundation, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick and more to its consumers. The professional makeup brand is one of the most well-known and trusted cosmetic brands in Europe.
As one of the leading beauty brands, Flormar offers complete range of cosmetics products from makeup products to hand creams to personal care products that have unique formulas and strong claims developed as a result of strong research & development and beauty expertise.
Flormar, born in 1970’s in the city of Milan, Italy, carried all its production to Turkey in the 1972’s. The high customer satisfaction and market leadership that Flormar achieved in the internaional market has led the company to expand to the American market. Flormar markets under its own name and exports its products to more than 80 countries on 4 continents.
“Flormar is a great addition to the selection Retail Group of America is introducing to Destiny USA,” Rob Schoeneck, General Manager of Destiny USA, stated. “We are thrilled to have the exclusive makeup brand join our offering.”
Today, Flormar is considered one of the strongest players in the cosmetics sector with its production areas and the capacity to produce 7 million pieces monthly.
Flormar will be located on the first level between The Limited and Aeropostale and is anticipated to open later this year. For more information on Flormar, please visit www.flormar.com and www.facebook.com/Flormar.USA.
Syracuse, NY- The American Red Cross is holding its monthly blood drive on Destiny USA’s first level, across from Forever 21 on Saturday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visitors can stop by anytime during those hours and donate blood to provide critical support to those in need.
WHAT: American Red Cross Blood Drive
WHEN: Saturday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: First level of Destiny USA, across from Forever 21
Syracuse, NY- VF Outlet is set to open a new home on Destiny USA’s second level, across from Jos A. Bank later this year.
VF Outlet boasts the ‘original’ outlet sales as early as 1970. President of VF Corporation at the time, M.O. Lee, suggested public sales to clear out excess inventory. The merchandise quickly sold out and thus was born the outlet sale. From there, VF Corporation hosted these events on a regular basis and VF Outlet was created.
“VF Outlet is known in the industry for its value and wide selection; it’s department store features offer items for every member of the family,” Sara Wallace, Director of Marketing of Destiny USA, stated. “It will be a huge addition in size and selection for our expansion and the facility overall.”
Since the VF Outlet sales of the 1970’s, the new VF Outlet offers excess inventory and a unique combination of value price product with brands including Lee, Wrangler, JanSport, Maidenform, Avia, Disney and more for men, women and children.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming opening at Destiny USA. We look forward to joining the greater Syracuse community with our brand new 20,000 square foot space, offering amazing values for great quality national brands for the whole family, and the convenience of a 1-stop shop destination,” Michele Colonna, VP of Marketing at VF Outlet, said. “In addition to one of the largest assortments of denim in the marketplace, featuring iconic brands at excellent value, VF Outlet also features an extensive selection of intimates, junior fashions, sportswear, mens, misses, kids, plus sizes, not to mention a wide selection of team sports apparel and licensed apparel. VF Outlet also offers what is one of the most generous Loyalty programs in the industry. We can’t wait to be able to share our amazing deals, on which we’ve built our legacy for the last 40 years and look forward to many years of success.”
Destiny USA’s VF Outlet location will be one of three locations in Upstate New York. It will be the only location within a fully enclosed facility. VF Outlet is anticipated to open later this year and will take more than 20,000 square feet on the second level.
Syracuse, NY– University Sport Shop, which offers quality Syracuse University merchandise at affordable prices, opens a new location on Destiny USA’s second level, in the Macy’s wing.
University Sport Shop offers men’s, women’s and children’s SU gear with the latest and greatest fashions and taglines to make SU fans stand out in the crowd. University Sport Shop offers sizes from newborn to adult 5X. University Sport Shop creates specialty t-shirts for football, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.
“I am excited to be opening a new University Sport Shop location in Destiny USA,” Mike Theiss, General Manager of University Sport Shop, stated. “The University Sport Shop has been a local Syracuse tradition since 1987 and since we are affiliated with Manny’s on Marshall Street, we’ve tried to make our Destiny USA location a hybrid between the two stores. Our Destiny USA location will offer the same great affordable merchandise that we do in our other locations, but through our partnership with Manny’s, we will be able to offer a wider variety of the great brand-name merchandise such as Under Armour, Champion, Retro Brand and Nike.”
University Sport Shop opened today on the second level in the Macy’s wing.
Syracuse, NY- The Syracuse community is invited to watch the world’s best bartenders compete at the 24th annual World Bartender Championship (WBC) semifinals. It will be held at TGI Fridays at Destiny USA on Wednesday, October 8 starting at 7 p.m.
Widely acknowledged as the toughest international bartending challenge, 11 bartenders from the Great Lakes region of the U.S. will demonstrate their behind-the-bar prowess in a head-to-head competition to name the one finalist who will advance to the 24th annual World Bartender Championship and compete for a $10,000 grand prize.
Hosted by TGI Fridays, the World Bartender Championship represents the brand’s longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation behind the bar — and the semifinals event in Syracuse narrows the field of competitors vying for the title of “World’s Best Bartender.”
Competitors are tested on product and recipe expertise while showcasing their exciting service style and cocktail-making technique. This is followed by a freestyle bartending showcase, where judges assess each bartender’s ability to make innovative drinks while displaying an exciting style of service and flawless cocktail-making skills.
Syracuse, NY- Destiny USA is thrilled to confirm that Margaritaville will add to our entertainment and dining within our expansion, across from WonderWorks and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill on the third level. Destiny USA would like to thank Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli for sponsoring the legislation that will enable Margaritaville to operate in Syracuse and our local representatives including Senator Dave Valesky, Assemblyman Sam Roberts and Assemblyman Al Stirpe for their support. It was a combined effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo that will bring this great venue and hundreds of jobs to Syracuse.
The Margaritaville experience will transport guests to their favorite island destination complete with signature margaritas,
hand-crafted beverages, coastal-inspired food and lively entertainment. The new location will be more than a dining
destination; it will be an entire change in latitude (and a change in attitude.)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
· Opening early 2015
· 12,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space
· 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar with live performance stage
· Multiple dining areas with total seating for 330
· Unique Margaritaville photo-ops
· State-of-the-art audio and video system for entertainment and sporting events
· 700 square foot Margaritaville retail store