Tysons Corner, VA

Canadian shoe retailer Aldo and two sister stores of an Italian fashion brand have new spots in Tysons Corner Center.

The shoe store moved from its spot by the Lord & Taylor on the second level to a space neighboring the Lego store on the first level on Thursday, May 9.

Upstairs next to Aldo’s former spot, sister stores Calzedonia Italian Legwear and Beachwear and Intimissimi opened last Friday (May 17).

Calzedonia sells socks, leggings and beachwear, while Intimissimi, which is also a part of the Calzedonia family, focuses on Italian lingerie.

Currently, shoppers at Calzedonia can buy one bikini and get 20 percent off of a second bra or buy two bras and get one for free at Intimissimi.

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Hot off the launch of a new Vienna location, Fairfax-based Virginia Tire and Auto recently announced a new location in Tysons.

The car repair shop is set to open in the former Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers at 2055 Chain Bridge Road, across the street from Tysons’ infamous Toilet Bowl building.

Noelle Malley, a spokesperson for the chain, said the Tysons location is expected to open in fall 2019 and will provide 20 new jobs.

The franchise first opened in 1976 and expanded outside of Northern Virginia for the first time with a new Richmond location.

Virginia Tire and Auto also announced that a new location in Herndon will open this fall.

Photo via Google Maps

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Four years after BoConcept closed its doors in Tysons Galleria, the high-end furniture retailer is finally open again.

The store opened on Saturday (May 11) on the second floor of the mall.

Staff at the store said the core concept is “modular design.” If an item is too large or too small, or if the coverings aren’t the color or texture you like, aspects of the furniture are flexible and can be altered by store staff to meet specifications.

Started in Denmark in 1952, BoConcept has nearly 300 stores spanning 60 countries.

The new retailer is part of a broader series of changes planned for the northern wing of the mall, including a new fitness section and the redevelopment of the Macy’s into a series of smaller stores.

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By the end of the year, clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch hopes to have a new kids-focused location at the opposite end of the Tysons Corner Center mall.

Staff at the current Abercrombie & Fitch near the Barnes & Noble said the chain is hoping to open a new “Abercrombie Kids” on the first floor by the Bloomingdale’s. Specifically, employees said the plan is to open the new store next to the American Girl doll store.

A manager at the massage parlor next to American Girl said she didn’t know anything about Abercrombie Kids moving into that space, but there are a handful of other vacant storefronts at that end of the mall.

The Abercrombie & Fitch brand dates back to 1892, but Abercrombie Kids started in 1998. The closest Abercrombie Kids store is in Arlington’s Pentagon City neighborhood at 1100 S. Hayes Street.

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A pet store chain recently opened its doors in the Mosaic District.

In March, storefront signs said Kriser’s Natural Pet, a pet store chain featuring natural food, treats and supplies, would open in a spot (2905 District Avenue, Suite 180) between Sweetgreen and Nordine Salon and Day Spa.

The Mosaic District pet store held a grand opening on Saturday (May 4), but with a new name. Recently, Kriser’s East Coast stores rebranded as “Loyal Companion.”

Other nearby locations are in Vienna at 144 Maple Avenue W. and in Tysons at 7505 Leesburg Pike inside the Whole Foods shopping center.

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A new mall kiosk at Tysons Corner Center now lets shoppers buy products with cannabidiol, a natural remedy commonly known as CBD.

CBD is one of the chemical compounds found in marijuana plants and has quickly gained prominence in the health and wellness world for reportedly helping with pain and anxiety.

While possessing and selling marijuana is illegal in Virginia, except for approved medical marijuana use, state laws remain hazy concerning over-the-counter sales of CBD oil.

Located on the first floor between Zumiez and Forever 21, Create Bright Days offers a variety of CBD-infused products, including $27.99 pet treats, $24.99 massage oil, $124.99 vape e-liquid and $39.99 body butter moisturizer.

The self-described boutique store for CBD products claims on its website that the oil helps with pain relief, seizures, anxiety, cancer and reducing the risk of diabetes.

“Products on this site are not meant to cure or treat any ailment,” the site says. “The FDA has not approved these products.”

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Growing makeup brand Morphe Cosmetics opened its new Tysons Corner Center store about an hour ago today (Friday).

Based in California, Morphe is known for its eye make-up and brushes.

The newly opened store is on the second level next to Lush — another cosmetics store — and sells mostly Morphe products, along with brands like Eye Kandy, Iconic London and Jeffree Star.

Some items this reporter spotted included $15 Morphe eye shadow palettes, $8 Morphe lip glosses and $7.50 Eye Kandy glitter.

Morphe’s opening at the mall adds to its half of a dozen stores in the D.C.-area and is part of the brand’s large-scale expansion.

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Convenience store 7-Eleven plans to open in Tysons Corner Center this fall — a move that is part of the Japanese-owned chain’s plans to break out of its familiar facade.

Gary Bowman, a senior real estate representative for 7-Eleven, told Tysons Reporter the company is looking to venture into “nontraditional sites.”

“We’re such a large brand,” Bowman said, adding that 7-Eleven wants to provide its services in more than just the standalone buildings customers are used to seeing. The new concept for the stores includes eyeing malls with high traffic counts, he said.

Calling Tysons Corner Center “a fantastic mall,” Bowman said that its set-up and diversity of offerings appealed to 7-Eleven.

The convenience store will occupy roughly a 1,600 square-foot-space on the first level of the mall and expects a fall opening, he said. “The permitting process is moving along, but not like we’re used to seeing it.”

Right now, the spot is getting ready for construction, he said. Once finished, the new 7-Eleven store plans to have tables set up outside for people who want to stop to enjoy a sandwich or drink before heading back into the mall.

The 7-Eleven website lists 724 locations in Virginia, with four in McLean and six in Vienna. If you don’t want to wait until the fall to sip Slurpees, the closest one to the mall is at 1931 Old Gallows Road.

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(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) More bubble tea is headed to Tysons Corner Center.

Moge Tee has a “coming soon” sign outside of a vacant store between the Pandora and Steinway stores on the first level near Nordstrom. Renaud Consulting announced in March that Moge Tee signed a lease for a 1,000 square foot space in the mall.

Currently based in New York City, Moge Tee’s menu serves up parfaits, coffee, cheese tea, milk tea, fruit tea and Uji matcha — a type of green tea. The teas and fresh cheese used are imported from Australia, according to Moge Tee’s website.

The bubble tea spot will soon join a few other recent newcomers at the mall.

In March, shorts chain Chubbies opened as a tenant of BrandBox, a collection of pop-up stores in the mall.

Bubbles Salon, which specializes in hair color, shaping, and styling services, held a grand opening on April 4 for its new location on the first level by Nordstrom. The salon is near the temporarily closed Aveda salon, which is currently undergoing a renovation, according to signs.

On the second level near the Barnes and Noble, All Star Sports opened on April 1 in the former spot of A Christmas to Remember, a holiday decorations store, according to a spokesman for the mall operator Macerich.

Until Moge Tee opens, shoppers at Tysons Corner Center can currently get their bubble tea fix at Kung Fu Tea.

First photo via Facebook 

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Arabian Oud, a luxury perfume store chain based in Saudi Arabia, opened in Tysons Corner Center last Sunday (April 7).

Heba Ashraf, the store manager, told Tysons Reporter that the oil based-fragrances stem from oil harvested from the wood of disease-infected trees. The disease — a type of mold — prompts the trees to produce a fragrant oily resin, which is then harvested.

The scents vary depending on where the tree is from and if the tree flowers, Ashraf said.

Most of the fragrances in the store cost several hundred dollars, Ashraf said. The most expensive item is the $1,500 Royal Oud Set, which is described as a Cambodian oud with a blend of roses and musk. Less expensive items include the $50 Disney fragrances for kids, including “Mickey Mouse” with pear, toffee apples and musk and “Cinderella” with pineapple, rose, musk, jasmine and vanilla.

Established in 1982, Arabian Oud has more than 55 branches across the world, including a location in New York City’s Times Square. Ashraf said that she gleaned from the management that the Tysons Corner Center spot is ideal because of the high-end brands in “one of the biggest malls here in the area,” along with the mall’s proximity to D.C. and its diverse demographics.

“I see people from all over the world [come into the store],” Ashraf said.

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