The Grove Grand Opening
July 26, 2002

Thanks to Deb for this great collection of photos of the grand opening of The Grove (S. Calif.) retail store held in 2002, including some great photos of the store before it opened, and some showing the distinctive blue color of the glass staircase.

The store was renovated in the summer of 2004--the floors were converted from wood to stone, the furniture from Corian islands to wooden tables, the theater was rearranged and the bench seating was switched to seats, and the rear downstairs was reconfigured. As a result, the Genius Bar was moved from the side of the store to the end, and other product sections were relocated.

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the Genius Bar

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the Genius Bar lit from the skylight

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the Home section

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the Music section

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the Photo section

ai_kidsection

the Kids section

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the second floor, looking to the back
at the theater

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last minute stair glass cleaning

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detail of the stairs

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view from the second floor from the
glass staircase

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last minute painting

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the line for the rare 6 p.m.
grand opening

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passersby gaze at the event

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the waiting line

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the traditional pre-opening "thank you"
walk by store staffers

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last minute clean-up

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store employees are getting ready

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view from inside

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staffers position themselves on the
stairs for the grand opening

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from the second floor

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among those first-in

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store staffers ready to greet the crowd

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customers finally come in

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some "high fives"

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a behind-the-back slap for
Moof Cow

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store staffer takes a photo of those
first-in

dh_thrustairs

view through the glass staircase of
the first floor

di_understairs

view from under the stairs,
showing the blue color

dj_upthrustairs

a great photo from under the stairs
showing the distinctive blue color of
the stairs, and the translucent effect

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the kids section--occupied by adults