Syracuse, NY- Destiny USA is holding a Stuff the Truck donation event to help give back to the Syracuse community. Stuff the Truck, presented by Coca-Cola, will begin when Santa arrives on November 7 and continues through December 21.
Businesses and community members are encouraged to donate unwrapped new clothes, toys and pet supplies to help “stuff” a Coca-Cola truck for delivery. All of the gifts collected will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House and Humane Association on December 22.
Destiny USA will have a donation station set up in the Canyon Area, near Santa, for the public to drop off their donation items. We are accepting donations on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first 500 people to donate will receive a free Coca-Cola ornament.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Coca-Cola for this great community event,” Sara Wallace, Director of Marketing of Destiny USA, said. “Giving back to Syracuse and the surrounding neighborhoods is something that’s important to us at Destiny USA and we can’t wait to present these charities with all the gifts at the end of the year.”
“We are committed to helping make a positive difference in the communities in which we operate and serve,” said Lou Ciarla, manager, Coca-Cola Syracuse distribution center. “Our company has a long relationship with Santa, and so we are eager to join him and Destiny USA in helping to collect gifts for some very special people. We hope Central New Yorker’s come together to stuff our truck to the brim!”
Santa will be arriving to Destiny USA’s Canyon Area on Friday, November 7. Families are invited to join us for activities, snacks and more for this event. More details about Santa’s arrival, including a full schedule, will be released next week.
Syracuse, NY- With the holiday season approaching quickly, Destiny USA has some updates on a new store, relocations and a renovation to pass along to the public.
Toys R Us Express is now open for the season in a 3,000 square foot space on the second level of the expansion, between Wilson Leather and Quiksilver. It’s great timing for Toys R Us to join our lineup as the holiday season gets underway.
As Seen on TV moves to a new space on the first level, under the Food Court.
Yogibo has also relocated to the former As Seen on TV space on the second level of the expansion, next to Off Broadway Shoes. Yogibo didn’t need to move far, as they are located across the hall from their former space.
Hollister’s storefront renovation is nearly complete. The store unveiled the new entrance last week, complete with a large LED video screen in the doorway. The other half of the entrance is still under construction, but is expected to open in a few weeks. Hollister stayed open during the renovation.
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.