Kamehameha Butterfly (State Insect) Visits Pearlridge Center July 10 & 17
- July 8, 2021
Town center significantly increases presence of local entrepreneurs, even in challenging times
Aiea, Hawaii, Feb. 18, 2021 – Pearlridge Center has significantly increased the number of local small businesses that have or will soon open as new eateries, stores, services or free-standing kiosks. These new tenants are local entrepreneurs trying unique concepts or expanding, while providing the community with what it most wants and needs today.
“We launched the Open for Small Business initiative with the express purpose of encouraging and supporting our local entrepreneurs – many of whom are also women or minorities,” explains David Cianelli, general manager. “Dozens, if not hundreds, of new local jobs have been and are being created with the opening of these businesses here at Pearlridge Center.”
As part of that initiative, Pearlridge Center’s specialty leasing team has taken a new approach to encourage more local entrepreneurs, enhancing its program to better align with small business needs. The center now customizes floor plans and tailors square-footage layouts to both fit the entrepreneur’s vision and best create an aesthetically welcoming store. This was the case most recently with The Mauve Fox, which, as a new retailer, was only interested in part of an existing, significantly larger space.
Retail is the largest private-industry employer in the country and is critical in Hawaii; according to the National Retail Federation, 27% of jobs here are supported by the retail industry.
New in-line stores at Pearlridge Center include:
The Mauve Fox (700 square feet): The local boutique offers sophisticated apparel and accessories for women and men at affordable prices and with personal service. Women’s apparel is offered from petite to plus sizes. Mauka, first level, near TJ Maxx.
TK World (1,800 square feet): premium Japanese massage chairs, massage pillows and other lifestyle products for health. Mauka, second level, next to Anthem Shoes.
Expanded Manaola (5,900 square feet): Re-location from its smaller Pearlridge store is allowing Manaola to expand beyond its original vision to now feature home goods, as well as the designs of other local craftspeople and artisans. The exclusive boutique of lauded fashion designer Manaola Yap (the first Native Hawaiian to present authentic Hawaiian culture at New York Fashion Week), it offers designs deeply rooted in his cultural heritage. Mauka, first level, next to Hollister in the former Ann Taylor space.
New food offerings and eateries open include:
La Birria Tacos food truck: crispy tacos (made for dipping) and other Mexican street food. Located in the Sears parking lot.
Happy Belly food truck: Asian fusion and local-style plate lunches. Located in the Sears parking lot.
Perefoti Island Fixx food truck: Samoan drinks, dessert bowls, floats and ice creams. Located in the Sears parking lot.
Rick’s Jerk food truck: authentic Jamaican cuisine from jerk dishes to curries and stews. Located in the Sears parking lot.
These Stuffed Cookies kiosk: Instagram-worthy cookies and cakes filled with everything from taro mochi to cookie dough, brownies to cheesecake. Mauka, first level, fronting Macy’s.
Expanded Beer Lab HI (4,300 square feet): BeerLab HI outgrew its original Pearlridge Center home, transforming its offerings and moving into the former Applebee’s space. Now, BeerLab has partnered with other local entrepreneurs with food trucks – thus, the Beer Lab HI Kitchen – bringing new cuisines to Pearlridge Center customers in a win-win for small local businesses. Mauka, first level.
New entertainment includes:
Razor Sports Now Drifting (9,500 square feet): fun-for-all-ages “crazy cart” entertainment with electric drift go-carts, perfect for families, friends and even company events. The departure of Forever 21 allowed longtime Pearlridge tenant Razor Sports to create and develop this new concept for the community. Mauka, first level next to Zales.
New merchandise kiosks include:
The Stash Collectables: highly desired toys and other collectibles, including Funko Pop! Mauka, first level, fronting Sunglass Hut.
Once Again Hawaii: succulent gardens grown at the family’s Waimanalo nursery, the largest succulent-only nursery in Hawaii. Repurposed dishware or reclaimed wood transforms these plants into living, artistic creations that are perfect for home or office. Mauka, first level, fronting Nature Republic.
Fashion Mask: face masks for every member of the family in a wide array of styles, fabrics and prices. Two locations: Wai Makai, second level, fronting Funtastic Kidzone and Mauka, first level, fronting Tricked Out Accessories.
Humana: variety of health insurance plans to fit the needs of every individual or family. Mauka, first level, fronting Razor Sports Now Drifting.
New services open include:
Skin Lab HI (800 square feet): medi-spa and beauty services including body contouring, permanent make-up, facials, waxing, threading and teeth whitening. Mauka, second level near Lens Crafters.
Aloha Threading kiosk: hair-removal services. Mauka, second level, fronting Sephora.
Expanded HNLAX (1,900 square feet): The salon, barber shop and streetwear boutique has expanded to offer both its own apparel designs and the latest local and California-based brands. Mauka, second level, next to the Satellite City Hall.
Future eateries will include:
Tanaka Ramen and Izakaya (1,900 square feet): Anticipated opening spring 2021. Wai Makai, second level, between Tony Moly and Icing.
Hawaii Pot Shabu Shabu House (1,800 square feet): Anticipated opening in late 2021. Mauka, second level, next to Genki Sushi.
Hot Dog on a Stick (525 square feet): Anticipated opening in Spring 2021. Mauka, first level, next to Cookie Corner.
About Pearlridge Center
Pearlridge Center is the largest enclosed shopping center in Hawaii. The venue is known for its signature family events, weekly farmers’ market and Oahu’s only monorail, which offers expansive views of Hawaii’s iconic Sumida Watercress Farm and historic Pearl Harbor. The super-regional town center is home to more than 250 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. Pearlridge Center is open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 808.203.2358 or visit PearlridgeOnline.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/Pearlridge and follow us on Twitter @Pearlridge and Instagram @Pearlridge.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with an investment grade balance sheet, leveraging its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. Trademark registration for the name Washington Prime Group is pending. Learn more at WashingtonPrime.com.