My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am.
I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything. But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!!
I knew that inside and out there is NOTHING like the new 100,000 square foot Mirabs Department Store anywhere in Belize. From the staff locker rooms to the restrooms to the date palms and the landscaping to the cushy chairs placed everywhere around the store – usually for the boyfriend whose shopping stamina is very low – this new store is gorgeous and so thoughtful. The details, big and small, are perfection.
So rather than continue to talk…let me show you. From my 5:15am golf cart ride on, yesterday was a beauty.
Take a look. All of Belize City was shining for the opening of Belize’s very first department store.
First you can watch the video that they showed to the first shoppers. SO cute, features lots of my favorite employees…and had me humming all day. It also gives you the perfect view of the new chandelier in the lobby.
The new store is about 10 minutes (with $10bzd taxi ride) from the water taxi and even less from the municipal airport. They also have a taxi stand there so getting a taxi to your next destination is super easy.
So much so that I was the first in line for a tattoo.
The media was there asking the tough questions…
As I rode the escalators and admired…the displays. It is NOT just a place to come and grab something and go. I LOVE when a store gives me a bit of inspiration…
I wanted ALL these storage boxes and baskets and hampers. To help me contain my mess!
There is NOTHING like this in Belize.
And THIS is my favorite part and why I was most worried about the new location.
If you have been to the old spot, you know this guy. He danced in front of the shop….just loving the music playing and smiling. Doing his thing.
He came with them to the new location. PHEW! I got his name but forgot it already – I was nervous! Like I was meeting a star. He is SO MUCH part of the Mirabs’ experience.