It took a long time and a lot of work to finally open the first Brighton Collectilbles store on Oahu. The Grand Opening ceremonies were held on Wednesday 10-9-08 at 9 AM.
The night before the opening Brighton treated the hard working staff to a deluxe dinner at 3660 On The Rise Restaurant in Honolulu. Robin Boyd was on hand from California to greet the staff and offer us all some Brighton history. She told us all about Jerry and Terri Kohl’s humble beginings 30 years ago selling men’s belts, and how it has led to the opening of this store along with Birmingham, Alabama in the morning, and five more before Thanksgiving.
Then the next morning Nikki and Chris rolled out the welcome mat, and the excitement started.
I got a chance to pose with the Kahuna, Robin, store manager DeAnne Imamura and District Manager Nikki Wride prior to the blessing.
A Hawaiian minister is called a Kahuna, and one of the things they do is bless business openings to get a little divine help in getting the energy moving in the right direction.
DeAnne and Nikki then cut the ribbon and officially opened the store to the public.
I had told Jerry many months ago that I would be honored to be the first customer at this new store. Robin, one of “Jerry’s Angels” was right there to help me with my selection, take my card, get my signature and put me into the system.
Let the Shopping Begin
Customers began shopping immediatelly. They were very excited with the store and merchandise.
Robin Jumps Right In
Robin was mixing with customers and actually found one from her home town in Marina Del Rey, California.
The ceiling in the store is a hand painted mural, as are the walls in the powder room. The entire store is a piece of art.
It was great to see Pam Chambers at the opening. She and I have shared many presentations at Brighton functions in Hawaii and on the mainland.
I headed out the door with my first purchase, put it in my car and headed off to have coffee with Pam and then to Morton’s for another event. Watch for that here tomorrow.
UPDATED PHOTO 10-10-08:
I visited the store the following evening and found it to be a “beacon” of light in the mall.