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My Apple Store Visits - The Story
Apple Computer LogoMy friend, Duke, and I are Apple/Macintosh fans. I've been hooked since 1984 on Mac's, and before then on Apple Computers (IIc, IIe, IIgs, etc.). I converted him from the Dark Side (Windows) around 1995, long before it was chic to be an Apple Geek.

Anyhow, when Apple started opening their corporate retail stores, we were excited about visiting one. The first to open in our area was at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, CA. We were there the first day and got free t-shirts. Cool.

Some time in 2003 we made a friendly wager to see who could visit the most stores. We didn't set a deadline so in theory, no-one will ever win. But here's my collection of store visits and photos to date.

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My Apple Store Visits - The Hits
22. Irvine Spectrum Center
Location:
Irvine Spectrum Center
85 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
First Visit:
07 August 2012
Apple Store Business Card - Irvine Spectrum Center - 85 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

Just about another two years since my last new store. I haven't been out and seeking them out as much.

This one wasn't planned. Adrienne and I were in the area and decided to visit the mall to take a look around and get on the ferris wheel. We walked along, saw the store, and dropped in for some iPad play time and a business card. Oops! We forgot to take a photo. Next time..

This store was very busy for lunch time.

NOTE: Apple logo on the card is a silver foil logo (which doesn't scan well, but you get the idea).

21. Los Cerritos
Location:
Los Cerritos Center (Mall)
242 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA 90703
First Visit:
10 September 2010
Apple Store Business Card - Los Cerritos Center (Mall) - 242 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703

Apple Store Photo - Los Cerritos Center (Mall)

Wow, can you believe it took me three years to hit my next, lucky #21 Apple Store? And this one is in my backyard!

It wasn't planned but I knew if I went to the mall the store was there. So Adrienne and I paid a visit and then spent about 30 minutes playing with the iPads.

The employees in the store were really helpful and friendly. And Adrienne was good about it when it was time to leave.

We asked for a business card on the way out and then Adrienne posed for our "proof of visit" photo.

NOTE: The card might have changed long ago but this is the first one I have in this different style. It's no longer a bondi blue apple logo but instead it's a silver foil logo (which doesn't scan well, but you get the idea).;

20. Brea Mall
Location:
Brea Mall
1065 Brea Mall
Space # 1024A
Brea, California 92821
First Visit:
12 August 2007
Apple Store Business Card - Brea Mall - 1065 Brea Mall, Space # 1024A, Brea, California 92821

Apple Store Photo - Brea Mall MISSED!

It's official! We had a meal at the Red Lobster outside of the mall and then decided to take a walk in the mall. I'd forgotten about the Apple Store until we turned a corner and the big, glowing Apple logo was in sight.

I grinned and Julienne winced - she knew I'd have to run in. Run in I did, got a card, played with the iPhone (my first iPhone experience!), and left far too quickly. But now Brea Mall's Apple Store is official!

(just missed - 11 November 2005)

We were out shopping on Friday night at the Brea Mall. Walking along I spotted the familiar glow of the Apple Store logo from the corner of my eye. I quickly turned my head to behold the magical storefront. Alas, when I got closer, it became apparent I was out of luck because the store wasn't open yet. The grand opening was the next morning!

I wasn't able to attend the opening the next day, but since this store is so close, I figure I'll be there soon. Until then, see my "almost got it" photo taken by my wife and her camera phone.

19. SouthPark
Location:
SouthPark
4400 Sharon Road, Space M13
Charlotte, North Carolina 28211
First Visit:
12 June 2007
Apple Store Business Card - SouthPark

Apple Store Business Card - SouthPark

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

"I'm goin' down to South Park, gonna have myself a time."

No, it wasn't that South Park, it was SouthPark Mall. I was in town for training and company meetings for my new job with BYB Brands, Inc. I flew in and took a cab straight to the office for some meetings, and after we adjourned for the day, went to the very nearby hotel to check in. I saw the mall nearby and decided to take a walk there in search of dinner.

I grubbed at a Panda Express equivalent and then decided to walk off some of the dinner. A turn or two inside the mall later, I ran into this Apple Store.

I was hoping to catch a store while in Charlotte but never got to scouting locations before I got on the airplane. What serendipity that there was one in the mall just across from my hotel!

Now that I'm carrying a Blackberry, I don't have a camera phone to snap photos so there isn't one for this store.

The business card is different from any I've gotten before. I think maybe I got a promotional business card instead of a regular one but it's still proof!

18. The Grove
Location:
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Suite G-70
Los Angeles, California 90036
First Visit:
27 November 2006
Apple Store Business Card - The Grove

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I had business to attend to near L.A.X. on this day and decided while I was out that direction I should try to get some other things done. Visiting Apple stores ended up on the to-do list!

I ended up hitting four stores on this day (Third Street Promenade, Century City, Beverly Center, and The Grove). This ranks second to my Bay area five-store hit back in 2004. I would have had five on this round if I hadn't forgotten to go to the Manhattan Beach location. I didn't feel like doubling back once I'd gotten to Santa Monica.

I entirely forgot to take photos at each location. I was all stressed out from the traffic and holiday shopping crowds. I did see the new iPod Shuffle (the clip version) and am so impressed by how simple and small it is.

17. Beverly Center
Location:
Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Boulevard
Suite #656
Los Angeles, CA 90048
First Visit:
27 November 2006
Apple Store Business Card - Beverly Center

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I had business to attend to near L.A.X. on this day and decided while I was out that direction I should try to get some other things done. Visiting Apple stores ended up on the to-do list!

I ended up hitting four stores on this day (Third Street Promenade, Century City, Beverly Center, and The Grove). This ranks second to my Bay area five-store hit back in 2004. I would have had five on this round if I hadn't forgotten to go to the Manhattan Beach location. I didn't feel like doubling back once I'd gotten to Santa Monica.

I entirely forgot to take photos at each location. I was all stressed out from the traffic and holiday shopping crowds. I did see the new iPod Shuffle (the clip version) and am so impressed by how simple and small it is.

16. Century City
Location:
Century City Shopping and Marketplace
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Space #175
Los Angeles, California 90067
First Visit:
27 November 2006
Apple Store Business Card - Century City

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I had business to attend to near L.A.X. on this day and decided while I was out that direction I should try to get some other things done. Visiting Apple stores ended up on the to-do list!

I ended up hitting four stores on this day (Third Street Promenade, Century City, Beverly Center, and The Grove). This ranks second to my Bay area five-store hit back in 2004. I would have had five on this round if I hadn't forgotten to go to the Manhattan Beach location. I didn't feel like doubling back once I'd gotten to Santa Monica.

I entirely forgot to take photos at each location. I was all stressed out from the traffic and holiday shopping crowds. I did see the new iPod Shuffle (the clip version) and am so impressed by how simple and small it is.

15. Third Street Promenade
Location:
Third Street Promenade
1248 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, Califonia 90401
First Visit:
27 November 2006
Apple Store Business Card - Third Street Promenade

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I had business to attend to near L.A.X. on this day and decided while I was out that direction I should try to get some other things done. Visiting Apple stores ended up on the to-do list!

I ended up hitting four stores on this day (Third Street Promenade, Century City, Beverly Center, and The Grove). This ranks second to my Bay area five-store hit back in 2004. I would have had five on this round if I hadn't forgotten to go to the Manhattan Beach location. I didn't feel like doubling back once I'd gotten to Santa Monica.

I entirely forgot to take photos at each location. I was all stressed out from the traffic and holiday shopping crowds. I did see the new iPod Shuffle (the clip version) and am so impressed by how simple and small it is.

14. Fashion Show
Location:
Fashion Show Mall
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 1760
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
First Visit:
28 September 2006
Apple Store Business Card - Fashion Show

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I've been to Las Vegas many times since this store opened in 1992. Heck, I usually get to Vegas at least twice a year for some event or recreation. But with so many things to do in Vegas, I kept missing getting to the Fashion Show Apple Store.

It's no surprise, then, that getting to the store was mostly an accident. I was in town for the Interbike trade show and I was with a group of guys in need of some evening clothes. We went to the Fashion Show mall to shop, and as we browsed the directory for men's clothing stores, I saw the Apple Store listed.

After buying a shirt at Macy's, I told the guys I'd be right back. I hustled to the Apple Store, went in and got a business card, but in my haste, totally forgot to take a photo. So, here's the card and next time back I'll get the photo.

13. Fashion Island
Location:
367 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
First Visit:
09 September 2005
Apple Store Business Card - Fashion Island

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

I go cycling right by Fashion Island at least 30 times a year. This is also the third closest store for me (Costa Mesa being the first, Pasadena the second), so you'd think I would have gotten to this store a long time ago. Well, I didn't.

I had dinner plans in the area and immediately thought about stopping by this store afterwards. Stupid me forgot to snap a camera phone photo, probably because I was all excited about adding another visit to my list and because I was still under the spell of the iPod Nano I just played with. The Reality Distortion Field really whacked me out.

12. Pasadena
Location:
54 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
First Visit:
21 May 2005
Apple Store Business Card - Pasadena

Apple Store Photo - Pasadena

I was in downtown Pasadena with my wife and friends for dinner and drinks. We were walking along Colorado Blvd. and there it was; a beautiful Apple Store! I rushed in for a business card and back out for a quick camera phone photo, then we were off walking again. This was my first unplanned Apple Store hit.

11. Aspen Grove
Location:
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Suite 440
Littleton, CO 80120
First Visit:
21 September 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Aspen Grove

Apple Store Photo - Aspen Grove

Got here via a work trip to Denver.

10. Cherry Creek
Location:
3000 East 1st Avenue, Suite 292
Denver, CO 80206
First Visit:
21 September 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Cherry Creek

Apple Store Photo - Cherry Creek

Got here via a work trip to Denver.

9. Bellevue Square
Location:
106 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
First Visit:
16 June 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Bellevue Square

Apple Store Photo - Bellevue Square

The mall, Bellevue Square, where this store resides is only a few miles away from my jobs' headquarters. I've been in town several times but only now got to the store.

8. Saddle Creek
Location:
7615 W. Farmington Boulevard, Suite 25
Germantown, TN 38138
First Visit:
25 March 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Saddle Creek

Apple Store Photo - Saddle Creek

Got here via a work trip to Memphis. This is the store with the delayed opening because the town sign ordinance didn't allow business signs containing "food items." Sheesh.

7. Biltmore
Location:
2430 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
First Visit:
12 March 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Biltmore

Apple Store Photo - Biltmore

My first non-California store.

6. Valley Fair
Location:
2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite 1025
Santa Clara, CA 95050
First Visit:
26 February 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Valley Fair

Apple Store Photo - Valley Fair

One of five Apple stores I visited in one day during a whirlwind tour of the Bay area.

5. Company Store
Location:
1 Infinite Loop, MS: 301-1CS
Cupertino, CA 95014
First Visit:
26 February 2004
Apple Store Business Card - HQ Store, Cupertino

Apple Store Photo - Cupertino (Company Store @ Apple HQ)

Not officially an "Apple Store", this is the corporate campus store that sells Apple stuff. Since it's the original, we counted it a worth two. One of five Apple stores I visited in one day during a whirlwind tour of the Bay area.

4. Palo Alto
Location:
451 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
First Visit:
26 February 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Palo Alto

Apple Store Photo - Palo Alto

One of five Apple stores I visited in one day during a whirlwind tour of the Bay area.

3. Burlingame
Location:
1301 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
First Visit:
26 February 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Burlingame

Apple Store Photo - Burlingame

One of five Apple stores I visited in one day during a whirlwind tour of the Bay area.

2. Bay Street
Location:
5664 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
First Visit:
26 February 2004
Apple Store Business Card - Bay Street

Apple Store Photo - Bay Street

One of five Apple stores I visited in one day during a whirlwind tour of the Bay area.

1. Glendale Galleria
Location:
2148 Glendale Galleria, Space 2126
Glendale, CA 91210
First Visit:
19 May 2001
Apple Store Business Card - Glendale Galleria

Apple Store Photo - MISSING!

First Apple store visited! Got a free shirt on the first day of business. Cool!

Our contest wasn't in effect on this visit so I don't have a photo. I did get a business card because I used the day to also bring in a 17" Studio Display CRT that was not working right. I was one of the first persons in for repairs at the Genius Bar and I had to fill out a lot of paperwork before leaving my poor monitor with the store.

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Apple Store Visit Count
ADM VISIT COUNT

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Last New Store Visit
Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine, CA
on 07 AUG 2010

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