I was invited to a sneak peek of the new Kiehl’s store on Robson Street, opening Tuesday, July 26, 2011, that will replace the existing location (also on Robson street right now, but they are doing a complete overhaul of the setup of that strip of the street… more later). The event included a one-on-one presentation and skincare consultation by Kiehl’s National Education Manager, Donna Paty.
To be honest, I have never used a Kiehl’s skincare product before. The only item I’ve tried by Kiehl’s is their #1 Lip Balm, and I only got that because they were doing a free promo at their store so I went and got one to try. My skincare has mostly been comprised of products and brands from Asia, so being invited to this event was an eye opener for me and an opportunity to learn more about their brand and history.
Kiehl’s started in 1851 as an apothecary in New York. It used to be a full service pharmacy in the early 20th century, and then in the early 1960s, Kiehl’s pharmacists started to develop an exclusive product range for Kiehl’s using their experience gained from years of pharmaceutical manufacturing the chemistry. This year is the 160th anniversary of their birth!
Today, Kiehl’s has many lines of products specially designed for specific skin types. Their stores are also designed for easy shopping, whether you want to browse on your own or shop with a product specialist. All of their products are organized by skin type. There are also body care, hair care and men’s care products.
In addition, Kiehl’s has many traditional values that are maintained by the new Robson Street store including their high standards of environment responsibility, which is reflected in their use of natural, sustainable materials, such as flooring made from wood from fallen trees, and their no-frills packaging which saves natural resources. In addition, they are committed to customer education through attentive service is reflected in the presence of product specialists (who know their stuff!) and a specialized skin consultation area. Lastly, Kiehl’s generous “try before you buy” program offers customers the ability to take home samples of all of their products before ever making a purchase.
Now to reflect Kiehl’s high sense of corporate social responsibility and support for local causes, as well as to celebrate their 160th birthday this year, Kiehl’s has partnered with the Canucks for Kids Fund for their next Shop for the Cause event that will take place on the opening day for their new Robson Street store, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The store will open at 10:00AM and Vancouver Canucks alumni Dave Babych will be attending to ring the official store-opening bell. For this event, Kiehl’s is going to donate 100% of the SALES from that day to the Canucks for Kids Fund. That’s right, kids, its 100% of the sales. Which means whatever you give them, minus the tax, will all go to the fund.
As a Vancouverite and Vancouver Canucks fan, I feel it is amazing that Kiehl’s is doing so much to support a local charity so close to our hearts. The Canucks for Kids Fund supports local children’s initiatives and organizations, including a long-standing partnership with BC Children’s Hospital. Just this year, the Canucks for Kids Fund made a gift of $5 million dollars to BC Children’s Hospital in support of the Campaign for BC Children, as well as the Diabetes Research Laboratory at the Child & Family Research Institute.
Remember to head out there on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 and BUY BUY BUY to support our local charities, and at the same time beautify our skin!
The location of the new store is just 3 doors east of their current store. The new address is (click for map):
1021 Robson Street
More photos of the store!