The second wave of retail stores by the Hudson Group (JG-St. Louis JV) adds a sweet taste and a lot of color for passengers coming through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Natalie’s Candy Jar and Maxiga stores are the latest retail shops to open to rave reviews since Hudson Group became the primary news, gifts and specialty concessionaire in February.
Natalie’s Candy Jar offers passengers traditional chocolates and candies and a taste of nostalgia. The store’s philosophy is simple: fresh and delicious chocolates and candies, upscale confectionery gift items and superior customer service. Natalie’s offers passengers a large variety of tasty treats with over 300 conventional, proprietary and hard to find candies as well as candy related gift items. The store also features a large bulk selection and a generous assortment of sugar-free treats and nuts for the health conscious passenger.
The well-known brand candy store opened Wednesday, July 24 in Terminal 1 on Concourse C and Terminal 2, completing the second wave of the Hudson Group’s retail transformation at Lambert Airport. Natalie’s Candy Jar has already proven to be a hit with passengers. “We’re very happy with the reception the store has received from passengers and airport personnel. Everyone was in the store the first day looking and buying and that’s what we want,” said Rick Raby, Hudson Group General Manager.
Colorful and fun are two words defining another new retail shop in Terminal 1 on Concourse A. Passengers will be sure to find that whimsical, one-of-a-kind gift in Maxiga, which opened July 4. Lambert is home to the first Maxiga outside of New York City. Maxiga carries tech novelties, stationery, kitchen accessories and kids’ toys. Passengers will find gift items that are both fun and functional.
“We’re excited about the latest stores to open by the Hudson Group. They’re fun, bright and bring yet another dimension to our growing efforts to expand our retail options for passengers,” said Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
Hudson and its business partners will operate 14 retail locations once it completes its build-out stores. Other stores that were opened in the first phase include Hudson News & Gifts, Spectacles, Bliss, Discover St. Louis and Kids Works. The third and final phase is currently under construction. The stores in this phase include Eddie Bauer, Ebony News, CNN Newsstand St. Louis and other Hudson news & gift locations.
The Clockwork Cat sculpture displayed on the Entertainment Stage in Terminal 1 (mid-level, exit 12) at Lambert Airport was created by renowned sculptor Harry Weber as part of his Harry and Hanley Project.
Lambert Airport is proud to display its latest artistic exhibit on the Entertainment Stage in Terminal 1. The Clockwork Cat is part of The Harry & Hanley Project by renowned sculptor Harry Weber and some of St. Louis’ leading local artists. The feline on display at Lambert is one of 20 unique larger-than-life dog and cat sculptures celebrating the Animal Protective Association’s (APA) 90th anniversary. Passengers can’t help stopping to gaze at the colorful feline. The Clockwork Cat sports a bowler hat, monocle, and a pocket watch (stuck forever at tea time, 4pm) nicely tucked in his vest. It will be auctioned at the APA’S 90th anniversary birthday bash on September 14th.
Airport Detectives Marlon Brown (far right) and David Treaster serve passengers at Chili’s in Terminal Two as part of the week-long Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.
Lambert Airport police showed passengers a different side of service this week as part of the first statewide Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. Lambert Officers and Detectives served passengers at Chili’s, Pasta House, Mosaic and Beers of the World from July 8-13th. Nearly half of Lambert’s Officers and Detectives volunteered their time to this worthy event. Lambert passengers tip well! So far, the department has raised $6921 and they’re still counting! The funds will go to support more than 16,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics Missouri’s training and athletic competition.
Founder and owner of New York City-based Maxiga stores Mark Szlendak sets up his newest store which is set to open in Lambert’s A Concourse on July 4.
A blast of color and whimsy is the trademark for Lambert’s newest store set to open on July 4 in Concourse A. Maxiga came to life in Manhattan. St. Louis will be its first store outside of New York City. Maxiga, the newest specialty airport concept offered by Hudson Group, promotes itself as a place to find unique gifts for fun and functional life. The fun is quite evident with clocks featuring loveable animals and moving eyeballs, animal toothpick holders, yellow submarine coin banks, hip bags and hipper chandeliers. The store is packed with tech novelties, stationery, kitchen accessories as well as kids toys and accessories. Oh, and there’s lots of ducks. Fun and functional ducks.
Julian Bush and Dr. Jane Turner relax in the new American Airlines Admirals Club at Lambert.
Some of the best window views of the airfield at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have returned with the opening of the renovated American Airlines Admirals Club this month. The renovations came about after the April 2011 tornado that hit Lambert. The modern and sleek 6,800 sq.ft club at the entrance of the C Concourse features stone flooring, wood paneling and multiple touches of art. The club features a self-serve coffee bar, a cyber café, a business center and a conference room. Power outlets are provided at every seat along with free Wi-Fi. For the non-power set, there’s also a daily collection of newspapers to enjoy before flights. To see more pictures of the club, click here.
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s" stars Robbie Montgomery and her son Tim were spotted with the Oprah network OWN film crew racing through Lambert Airport.
St. Louis is in the national spotlight every week thanks to a former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner, Miss Robbie Montgomery. The star of "Welcome to SweetiePie’s" trekked her way with a film crew through Lambert Airport with her son Tim earlier this week. Miss Robbie, as she is affectionately called by family and friends on the show "Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s," is the Oprah network OWN’s most successful show to date. Miss Robbie’s sassy personality on the show has attracted millions of tourists to her restaurants in the popular Grove and Grand Center neighborhoods. Miss Robbie was heading to New York to close a deal for a cookbook featuring her favorite recipes.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported an increase of 3.2 percent in total passengers for May 2013 versus May 2012. This is the third straight monthly increase and the largest increase in passenger traffic in 2013.
In May, 1,259,582 passengers traveled through Lambert versus 1,124,115 in 2011. Year to date, more than five million passengers have traveled through the Airport for an overall increase of 1.3 percent versus the first five months of 2012.
Total passengers include both departing and arriving passengers. Enplanements for May were 593,402 passengers. Deplanements (arrivals) were 566,180.
Total aircraft departures which include commercial passenger aircraft and cargo held statistically even at 7,520 (0.4% increase) over 2011.
Lambert currently serves 11 airlines (and related affiliates) which are operating 258 daily non-stop flights to 63 destinations. In addition to daily scheduled flights, there are several weekly charter flights to Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Dominica Republic operating out of Lambert.
For more details on the current air traffic, please click here.
Solar Impulse pilot and co-founding CEO André Borschberg boards the plane Friday morning for the fourth leg of the "Across America" campaign.
History departed this week with the takeoff of Solar Impulse early Friday morning. The revolutionary aircraft, which can fly day and night without a drop of fuel, had an extended 10-day stay at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as part of its "Across America" campaign. More than 8,000 people got to see the plane upclose during open house exhibitions at the Airport. Solar Impulse is a flying aviation lab of new technologies which is helping to promote science, engineering and environmental causes. The plane departed on it’s fourth leg of its cross-country mission bound for Cincinatti (pilot change) and then Washington, DC. Solar Impulse will end its U.S. trek in New York City in the next few weeks.
Custom crafted gourmet burgers are at the heart of a brand new concept that is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Concourse A. Grounded In St. Louis was developed by HMSHost for Lambert to offer an upscale menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads- and even breakfast- with a counter service restaurant platform for quick and convenient take out.
“In the country’s heartland, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the perfect location for us to roll out our latest restaurant concept, Grounded In, featuring an all-American favorite—the burger,” said Frank Sickelsmith, VP of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development.
“Grounded In is the perfect fit for Lambert because in today’s travel, many passengers don’t have the time for full sit-down service,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The counter concept here allows passengers to quickly order, then grab and go to eat at the gate or take on the plane.”
The menu is all made to order with custom grounded burgers in the spotlight with options like the CholulaTM (1/3lb. with hot sauce, pepper jack cheese on brioche roll), the Cubano (1/3lb. with Cherrywood ham, Swiss cheese on a brioche roll), or the Sunrise (1/3lb. topped with cheddar, bacon and a sunny side up egg). Those custom burgers all feature great sides like French fries with sea salt, sweet potato fries or battered onion rings with assorted dips.
Breakfast options include egg sandwiches, the “Chix Deluxe” (grilled chicken breakfast sandwich) or yogurt, fruit and granola as a health-conscious option. The menu also features premium ice cream milkshakes with a variety of toppings.
Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had the privelege of holding the original flight suit worn by Charles Lindbergh on his trans-Atlantic flight to Paris in 1927.
St. Louis made aviation history again this week with the arrival of Solar Impulse. The revolutionary and high-tech aircraft can fly day and night without a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founders, co-chairmen and co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are leading the mission "Across America" with stops in five cities that includes St. Louis. St. Louis was chosen as the midwest U.S. stop because of the city’s great aviation history and its link to Charles Lindbergh. The Missouri History Museum allowed both pilots to hold aviation history and a piece of the great Lindbergh story when they held the famed pilot’s flight suit. Piccard met Lindbergh when he was 11 years old.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.