Bean bags and body pillows
Yogibo, a modern bean bag store catering to kids, teens and space-challenged millennials, opens today (10/22) in the Old Navy wing at Westfield Montgomery Mall. This is the third store in Maryland for Yogibo, which was founded six years ago when a New Hampshire man designed a body pillow for his pregnant wife. Today the company’s most popular product is the Max (pictured here), a six-foot-long chair/couch/bed that comes in 16 colors and sells for $239. But there are plenty more to choose from: body pillows, back pillows, neck pillows, tablet pillows, even poolside pillows with washable covers. Jason Knights, marketing director for Yogibo, says the company also has developed many fans in the special needs community. “Because of the way our bean bags conform to the body, sitting and laying on them can provide sensory soothing for people with autism or sensory processing disorder,” he says. “We hear great feedback from parents and therapists all the time. But really, these are incredibly comfortable pieces of furniture for anyone. You can’t realize how comfortable they are until you sit on one.”
It’s official: REI is moving to Pike & Rose
This week REI formally announced what we reported here last month: Its Rockville Pike store will relocate to larger quarters at Pike & Rose in 2017. The 36,000-square-foot store will be about 40 percent larger than REI’s current space, but company spokesman Mike Ferris says no decisions have been made yet about how the extra square footage will be used. (If you have suggestions about what you’d like to see more of at REI, email us here and we’ll relay your feedback to the company.) If you missed the original REI story in our Sept. 10 issue, click here to catch up on other recent news about Rockville Pike.
Win $50 in gifts from Jodi’s Jamboree
This week we’re giving away a $50 gift certificate to Jodi’s Jamboree, a Rockville-based business specializing in teen clothing and accessories. There’s lots to choose from at Jodi’s this season, including pink Lokai bracelets ($18), plaid pajama pants ($22 and up), monogrammed robes ($60) and personalized rain jackets ($65). Also hot is a new collection of $40 silver bracelets shown here. And Jodi’s offers personalized merchandise for sports teams, school spirit wear, theme parties or mitzvah favors. (For more info, call 301-742-1468.) Want to win some goodies for your favorite girl or teen? To enter our drawing, click here to send us an email (subject line: Jodi) or click here to enter via our Facebook page.
A weekend of wine and beer
The fall shopping and dining season is officially under way this weekend with two big events in our area. On Saturday afternoon (10/24) , Westfield Montgomery Mall is hosting Westfield Uncorked — a festival of fine wines and small bites at various locations around the mall, followed by an after-party and fall fashion show at Nordstrom. Tickets are $15 and $25, benefiting Bethesda’s Imagination Stage; click here for details. Then on Sunday (10/25) from noon to 4 p.m., Pike & Rose is hosting Piketoberfest, a beer garden pop-up with live music, fall activities and giveaways from local stores and restaurants. Admission is free; click here for details.
Don’t leggo your Lego
If you’re planning to buy Legos for the kids this holiday season, it’s time to start shopping. This week the Danish company announced that it cannot keep up with demand for its products in Europe — and it’s possible that shortage could affect the U.S. by December. Lego, which recently overtook Mattel and Hasbro to become the world’s largest toymaker, saw its popularity rise even higher after the success of last year’s The Lego Movie. The surge is similar to what happened in 2013, when Disney was caught off guard by the Frozen juggernaut and couldn’t make toys fast enough to satisfy its audience.