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M & M's World
Member Name: norton501
M & M's World
Date: 07/05/10, updated on 03/01/13 (312 review reads)
Advantages: The products they sell! Homewares etc., Not just tshirts.
When I was in Las Vegas in 2009, I spotted the M&Ms World store with a huge figure of the Red and Yellow M&Ms at the front of it! Thankfully, I was pretty tired, it was a baking hot day and the store was full of tourists and shoppers and children... so my slight social anxiety kicked in a bit and I did not spend as much time in the store as I would have thought. I seemed to rush around it only stopping to "oh wow!" at certain outstanding items!
The first thing that hit me was the candy display tubes- all across the back of the store there were long tubes from floor to ceiling and around 12 inches wide all filled with different coloured M&Ms and you could get a bag and a scoop and fill yourself a bag of coloured M&Ms. There were atleast 30 different colours. And I don't just mean the normal red, yellow, green M&Ms- you can buy bright neon pink, candy pink, silver, cream, white, lime green... all sorts of colours of M&Ms. You can also buy pre filled boxes with compartments of different coloured sweets in- or a pack of pink M&Ms the choice of products to buy is breathtaking.
The store is spread over four floors and to me felt like a brilliant mix of Hamley's and Charlie and the Chocolate factory. The walls of the store are white but the entire store is filled with brightly coloured items- the staff are all bouncy (as they are in Hamleys) and they are very helpful and dressed in M&Ms brightly coloured attire. The bottom floor as I remember it has plush M&Ms figures hanging from the ceiling and large statues of the M&Ms characters and displays of things like purses, handbags (all looking like round brightly coloured M&Ms).
The bottom floor was chaos, so we ended up heading for the escalator as I thought "its too busy down here, i'll have a look upstairs then I can come back down here to have another look". I later realised there did not seem to be any stairs or down escalators- so once you are in, you are ushered upstairs then have to get to the top floor THEN take an elevator down from the exit of the store! So it is like IKEA where once you are inside, you have to go around the whole store.
On the second floor- this was a little quieter but still busy. They had a whole wall display of notebooks, pens($2-10), pencils ($1-3) and clocks, book ends and stands of clothing- nighties and even things like M&Ms leather jackets, underwear, shorts, socks! The clothes were for both children and adults and were moderately priced- $46 for a male hoodie, $38 for a sleep set of shorts and a top etc., It did seem to be a really random assortment of merchandise!
On the third floor, we walked through a gate and ended up in a sort of fair ground haunted house attraction minus the ghosts (walking through little rooms with M&Ms figures)- this was a display/ attraction that you walk through and it shows you how M&Ms are made and how the little M&Ms lettering is sprayed onto them. After walking through a few little rooms and being quite disoriented, we ended up with 3D glasses being ushered into a cinema with around 50 children/ other shoppers (I was just sat holding my purchases, I didn't expect a cinema or have a shopping basket!). We were shown a 15 minute 3D film featuring the M&Ms characters- Red. Green and Yellow. I could not see properly through the 3D glassed (it was just blurred to me!) but I got the gist of what was going on!
Then after coming out of the little cinema we went up another escalator not sure what we would find! On the top floor we saw M&Ms jewellery- solid silver cufflinks (just gorgeous but $300!), M&Ms glass ornaments and more pricey items behind glass. Turning a corner we saw what looked like a speedway car (no idea how they got a CAR up to the 4th floor!) with loads of racing jackets and M&Ms racing branded items- footballs, sports wear, sports bags, drinking bottles etc., Spots sets like skittles/ toys/ games.
Then we found the homewares section- everything from M&Ms coloured tupperware to M&Ms bed sets, duvets, sheets, shower curtains, bath mats, cutlery, plates, glasses, mugs.... I was in heaven! I wanted to buy it ALL but knew we had limited packing space and there was a sign up going on about international delivery (see below re the website shipping to the UK as I have not found if this is the case for online orders- maybe if you had spent a fortune in the store they might have arranged or it to be shipped to the UK).. but I stayed strong and just bought some little things like postcards, a velvet covered pencil, some M&Ms tissues and a box of M&M sweets.
And to top it all off-- when we got a lift down from the fourth floor (we could not see any down escalators so the store must have been set up to just suck you in and upstairs and difficult to leave!!) we went outside and next door to the 4 floor M&M store was............ a Coca Cola superstore! Aaaargh! So much more awesome stuff to go on my wishlist!
I have done some research for the purpose of this review and there are M&Ms World's in the following locations:
New York City
And now there is the London store that is most definitely worth a visit.
There is a website www.mms.com which has an ONLINE shop! You can order M&Ms sweets with your OWN LETTERING printed on them too (how good for wedding favours?!?!).
I have since visited the London store too and it is the same layout as the Vegas store. The prices seemed to be much more expensive for example £7.95 for a small clear plastic box of M&Ms sweets and the rows and rows of floor to ceiling tubes containing coloured M&Ms had no prices anywhere to tell you how much a scoop of sweets would set you back. There were sale items and in the end I bought a paperweight that was reduced to £2.95. I think this was the cheapest item in the whole store. So do expect high prices if you visit the London store.
Summary: Now in London but high prices!
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