We are all going to get ORGANIZED!
Before I start talking about the thousands of amazing products (80% of their products are less than $20!), I first have to introduce the strange way I found myself in this story. See, the thing you need to know about the Container Store is that they are good people. Good Texas people. Started the same year I was born (word to all my '78ers), they believe in giving back to local communities. Whenever they open a new store, they select a local non-profit to partner with for their grand opening.
Unbelievably, they selected Junior League of Las Vegas.
We were thrilled. And honored. And of course - happy to do whatever we could to get the word out about the fantastic new store coming to our town.
Because of my position in Junior League as Communications Chair, I found myself on the front lines. When I found out they were hosting a luncheon for local bloggers, my head snapped up and I asked, "Can I come?"
So yesterday, two days before the big grand opening, I joined about 30 other local bloggers for an early preview of the store. They provided lunch, a brief history of the company, and a tour of the new store. I won't even get into how cool it was to finally meet other bloggers here in Vegas (yay Vegas Bloggers!) - I'll just get to the good stuff. Like the photos.
And before I forget, let me just say: the best part of attending a blogger party is phone use (photos, emails, texting, Facebooking) is not only permitted, it is encouraged. I did not have to covertly check my phone at all - it was a little slice of heaven.
Not surprisingly, the Container Store has a lot of containers.
Lots and lots and lots of containers.
Don't even get me started on the other innovative products on the shelves. A modern acrylic bowl (gorgeous in it's own right) with secret storage for ice, so your summer cole slaw doesn't turn into a sloppy mess of food poisoning in it's ninth hour at the 4th of July BBQ? Genius. The seemingly innocent tube of plastic that actually CONTROLS CORDS so the back of your TV isn't a wormy trail of confusion? Love at first sight. And that magazine rack that promises to organize all of my US Weeklys (finally!) without taking up more space on my ottoman? I think that might be my first purchase. It's like organization with intelligence.
The gift wrap aisle almost brought tears to my eyes.
Oh yeah, and they threw Junior League a party last night. Twenty-five hundred people descended upon the store for chilled champagne, awesome apps, and some serious booty-shaking live music. And of course, some good photo ops.
Grand Opening is less than 24 hours away, and ten percent of the proceeds will go back to Junior League of Las Vegas. PLEASE go out and shop! Please go out and support this fantastic store!