About a week ago I was out the door bright and early one morning for the media preview grand opening of the first Google shop in North America at Best Buy in Mississauga.
I love going to this type of event! Ever since I was a little kid, my dad used to take us to stroll around Future Shop, look at all the gadgets, test stereos and TVs. I think I have him to thank for my lifelong love of tech.
Google Shop is a ‘shop within a shop’ that’s got all kinds of Google goodies and product demos. I visited one of my favourite beaches in new Zealand via the Portal, tried Fantastic Beasts in w/ Google Daydream VR, and was sent home with Google Chrome.
— CASiE STEWART (@casiestewart) November 18, 2016
🎅🏼 I thought this was a neat thing to do over the holidays! Hangout with Santa in the Google shop. Select your city at g.co/instore to find your closest location.
Before touring the store I chatted Best Buy’s Angela Scardillo, VP Marketing & Communications. The main thing I learned from her was how they’re really trying to make tech approachable. Their new round of ‘experience stores’ have a more immersive experience where you can touch, feel, test things.
The new store design has raised access flooring that expands and contracts expand so they can actually move the store around and change the shopping experience.
The new flagship Google shops are now open at Best Buy locations in Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Angela also showed off her Google Pixel phone and I really want to try one. It takes great photos and organizes them in your phone like Google Images. I’m still thinking about it days later…
To celebrate the new Googley space at Best Buy, we’ve giving away a $250 gift certificate. To enter leave a comment, visit FB, follow us on Twitter, or send a tweet. You have to be in Canada to win and sorry no Quebec.