Tysons Selected as Location for Google Product Demos

The tech retail store b8ta in Tysons Corner Center will be one of seven locations nationwide to exhibit a new suite of Google hardware products, including the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are new phones by Google unveiled on Oct. 9 at an event in New York. Also unveiled was the Pixel Stand, a wireless charger, the Pixel Slate, a high-end tablet device, and Home Hub, an assistant that tracks day to day information like calendar events and appointments.

B8ta stores allow visitors to test out the products in a space designed to feel like a home setting. The products will be coming to b8ta stores in Texas, California, New Jersey and Arizona, as originally reported by Digital Trends. The Tysons Corner Center location is the only spot in Virginia to let users test out the new hardware before it goes on sale.

The new hardware will be available starting next Thursday (Oct. 18). The b8ta store is on the second floor of Tysons Corner Center, near the Bloomingdales.

Photo via b8ta


Fortnite Championship Tournament Coming to Tysons Corner Mall

Players of Fortnite, popular battle-royale style multiplayer game, will have the opportunity to turn their hobby into profit. The Microsoft Store at Tysons Corner Center will be one of the stores hosting the North American Championship Tournament for Fortnite.

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Tysons Microsoft Store will be one of 20 stores in the Southeast region of the tournament. Teams from the Microsoft Store will be dropped into public matches, building points through placements (survival as a team) and eliminations of other players. The tournament will run from 5-9 p.m.

The top team from each store will move into a private match against teams from the other regional winners. The top three teams will take home a portion of the $7,000 prize pool. The top six teams move onto the national championship, where the top three teams will split a $15,000 pool. The national championship will take place on Nov. 10.

Mixer, a live-streaming platform owned by Microsoft, will host live broadcasts of the competitions and player interviews after the tournaments.

Entry to the tournament is free and open to everyone 14 and up. Registration is available online.

Participants between 14 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign a parental consent form at the store. Hardware, including laptops, mice, mouse pads, and headsets will be provided. Xbox One controllers are available on request, or players can bring their own.

A full list of rules is available online.

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Korean Cultural Festival Coming to Tysons

A large-scale Korean cultural festival is being held in Tysons this weekend.

The 2018 KORUS festival is taking place Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 in the parking lot outside Bloomingdales at Tysons Corner Center.

The event will feature food, music, cultural performances, vendors and more. It’s billed as “a celebration of the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage and culture, and the beauty of America’s diversity.”

“With close to 30,000 visitors and participation from over 50 vendors, retailers, and community groups; 20 performance artists; and more than 100 volunteers, the festival truly represents the Korean American community nationwide,” says the KORUS website.

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The 2018 KORUS Festival will be held at Tysons Corner Center and will be the perfect showcase for this fantastic journey!

The annual festival will be located in the Bloomingdale’s Parking Lot (by LL Bean, Bloomingdales and Le Pain Quotidien) and invites people of all ages and ethnicities will come together to celebrate the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage and view stunning cultural performances, demonstrations, contests, food offerings, arts & crafts, and so much more.


Virtual Reality Entertainment Center Coming to Tysons

The Void, described as a “virtual reality entertainment center,” is opening a location at Tysons Corner Center.

The VR business, which is backed in part by Disney, opened its first location in Utah and has since expanded to cities like Toronto, London and Dubai. The Tysons location will be The Void’s first D.C. area location, and is part of an expansion that includes new locations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York City and Philadelphia.

The company’s website and a large sign outside of the future Tysons location, on the movie theater wing of the mall, only say that it is “coming soon.”

Among the virtual reality experiences offered by The Void in Tysons will be “Ghostbusters Dimension” — as seen in the video below — and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.”


Pokeworks Now Hiring at Tysons Corner Center

Fast-growing restaurant chain Pokeworks is now hiring for its new location in Tysons Corner Center.

The build-your-own poke bowl eatery will be located on the lower level food court of the mall. Pokeworks touts its “healthy, customizable Hawaiian poke bowls, burritos, and salads” which feature a choice of marinated raw fish or cooked proteins.

Pokeworks is planning a job fair next week in an attempt to staff up for its forthcoming opening, according to one of the co-franchisees.

“We will be conducting a hiring open house at our restaurant on Monday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,” Viengkeo Tzong told Tysons Reporter. “We are actively looking to hire crew members and anticipate a grand opening towards the end of the month.”

“We are very excited to be a part of the Tysons community,” Tzong added.


Halloween Store Open at Tysons Corner Center

Need a Halloween costume? A pop-up store at Tysons Corner Center has you covered.

A Spirit Halloween store is now open on the first level of the mall, near the movie theater end of the shopping center in the former West Elm space. An employee said the temporary storefront has been open for about two weeks now.

Spirit is open at the mall from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. A sign in the window says the store is still hiring.

For those around Fairfax County who need costumes and decorations for the spooky holiday, Spirit also has locations at 7271 Arlington Blvd in the Falls Church area and at 5718 Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads.

Looking forward to the next holiday? Retailer A Christmas to Remember opened one floor up from Spirit at Tysons Corner Center on Sept. 28.


Kiosk Offering Candy-Coated Beer and Wine Bottles Coming to Tysons Mall

Bliss in a Bottle, an Ohio-based company that offers unique boozy gifts, is planning to open a kiosk at Tysons Corner Center, according to a pending license application.

The company sells beer and wine with a twist: the bottles are covered in chocolate, sprinkles and other candies.

An online help-wanted ad for the kiosk says Bliss in a Bottle “combine[s] high profile wine, beer, and sodas with chocolate that is perfectly paired to create an unparalleled experience.” The company is currently hiring a “retail sales associate” to work in Tysons. The job pays $10-12 per hour, according to the posting.


New Shoe Store Hits Tysons Corner Center With $5,000 Kicks

Blesssed, a store specializing in high-end shoes, has moved from Fair Oaks Mall to Tysons Corner Center.

The store opened on Sept. 16 on the mall’s second level, next to the H&M. Prices range from the $200 Nike Air Max 98 Exotic Skin to items like the $5,000 Nike Air Yeezy 2 Solar Red.

Blesssed also appraises and buys items for resale.

“If you have product such as shoes, accessories or apparel that you want to sell and turn into cash, bring it to us and we will appraise it and determine what we can offer as a cash offer or as a shuffle credit towards anything available in-store,” says the store’s website.


Charlie Puth Headlining Tysons Corner Center Jingle Ball Event Next Month

Charlie Puth, the hit singer known for his debut single “See You Again,” will be headlining a party at Tysons Corner Center to announce the lineup for this year’s HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, The Kane Show and the HOT 99.5 crew will broadcast live from the mall. Puth is scheduled to give a special performance from The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center during the broadcast.

This event is open to the public with no ticket required.

At 5 p.m., the lineup of the Jingle Ball concert will be announced, followed by a chance to win tickets to the show, according to the radio station’s website.


Redskins Runway Show Returns to Tysons

The Redskins Runway Show is returning to Tysons tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Tysons Corner Center mall’s Bloomingdale’s.

Now in its fourth year, the annual show features Redskins players, wives, and the First Ladies of Football modeling the latest fall fashions.

Ten percent of all purchases at Bloomingdale’s that evening raise funds the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, an organization that supports youth programs across the region.

A $100 ticket comes with a “swag bag”, a chance to mix and mingle with the Redskins celebrity models with food and beverage provided, and admission to the Runway Show. A silent auction held that evening will feature over 25 exclusive Redskins items and experiences.

Photo via Washington Redskins


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