On Saturday, I attended the opening of the seventh Apple Store in the Greater Boston area. The first six were Northshore (our “home” store), CambridgeSide, Chestnut Hill, Rockingham Park, South Shore, and Burlington. Saturday’s grand opening was the Derby Street Apple Store, at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, MA.
The Derby Street Shoppes is a ‘lifestyle center’, a new and growing breed of shopping establishment. This is an arrangement with various stores of the type you’d find in a mall, only the store fronts are outside. I call it an overgrown strip mall. In any case, the Apple Store is located in between The Children’s Place and Burton’s Grill. It’s an average size Apple Store, with all of the features one would expect – lots of Apple and third party hardware and software, plenty of things to play with, and technical help at the Genius Bar.
I arrived at about 8:30 a.m., and at that point nobody was in line. A bunch of people were waiting around in their cars – a wise move, considering how cold it was. At about 9 a.m., the management came out and set up the velvet ropes. After that, people started getting in line. I ended up being about #20 in line after taking some photos. Once I was in line, I shot some more photos from my spot, and shot some video as well.
Since I’ve already been to many other Apple Stores, I wasn’t entralled as much by the store and its contents, but rather by the grand opening event, and all of the hoopla and crowds surrounding it. To that effect, you can check out my photo gallery of the event, as well as a movie that I shot with our new camcorder and edited in iMovie.
Here’s some other coverage from around the Interweb.