Mega hands on tech at the new @Verizon Destination store in Chicago #VZWBuzz

I was fortunate and lucky enough to be one of the very first people to see the new Verizon Destination Store in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Those that know me, can only imagine what my face looked like when I walked in those doors. I felt like a kid in a candy store; it was so amazing! This location is beyond technology that will blow your mind.

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Verizon Wireless offers approximately 10,000 square-feet of shopping, it will be the company’s largest store in the country featuring the latest in wireless devices and accessories running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Spanning two stories, Verizon’s Destination Store will spotlight technology through interactive “Lifestyle Zones” where guests can learn about and experience wireless technology in action. Each Zone depicts ways technology can be incorporated into the home, work or on-the-go. These Zones include Amplify It, Customize It, Get Fit, Have Fun,Home and on the Go, and Anywhere Business.

Verizon opened its first Destination Store late last year at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.
In addition to this new Destination Store, Verizon will continue its ongoing effort to redesign company-owned retail locations, called Smart Stores, throughout the country to take the wireless customer experience to the next level.

This store is set up magically beautiful and so organized! On the first level, there are sections that make it easy to navigate through the many products that they offer.

First level includes:

Amplify It

Looking for the newest headphones, speakers, and sooooo much more for audio goods? Look no further. Speakers galore that you can see, feel, play with and crank up the tunes so you can experience it for yourself. No more buying something in a box and wondering if you’ll like what it sounds like when you get home. There is even a DJ Booth that you can really get your hands on and play around with.

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Customize It

What can I say, other than I LOVE custom cases for my phone and tablet. Have you seen the websites that you can order a custom case and it arrives 6-10 weeks later? By that time, the puppy that you ordered on your case is now pretty much full grown. With this custom station, you can make your case and it will be ready in about 30 minutes. Absolute perfection!

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Keep walking and you will see just about any device that’s currently ‘out there’ and play with it to get to know it more.

You can really get in and get hands on experience with the try it section. The screens above the devices allow you to touch the screen and get a whole lot more information about each device.

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Once you get to the second level, it’s very welcoming, very cozy. For some people, walking in to a technology filled building like this may be overwhelming. I love that when you walk to the second level, there is a spot to sit and rest and soak everything.

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The second level includes sections for health & fitness, home & fun.

Get Fit

You can try devices on the machine as you see here, and you can figure out what device best suits your fitness needs.
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Home and on the Go

This section was probably one of my favorites in the store. You can try out lighting that is powered by an app from your smart phone, as well as home items like thermostats and lots of fun lighting.

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I will have a whole new & fun post on what I purchased from this area. I’m all giddy and can’t wait to share it with you!
As you go past this section, you will see an entire fun area.

Have Fun Zone

This is more for the younger crowd.. or playful adults if you say. GoPro, Sony Playstation 4, Crayola and more.

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Photo credit: Kristy over at MeetKristy.com

Anywhere Business Zone

This is probably one of the smartest things that I’ve seen in a store yet. This is called the Anywhere Business Zone. Here, you can get hands on experience and learn how you can help your business while on the go and how to transform your smartphone or tablet to take payments while on the go.

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Photo credit: Kristy over at MeetKristy.com

Are you wondering what to give that certain someone for Christmas? Be sure to check out the new Verizon Destination Store in Chicago for so much hands on experience.

Verizon Destination Store
840 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 464-1390

Extended holiday business hours:
Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST

 

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received some pretty awesome devices, with lines of service from Verizon. All opinions and excitement are my own.