UNIVERSITY PARK -- HGTV star David Bromstad is scheduled to cut the ribbon and produce a fashion show at Macy's grand opening Oct. 16 at The Mall at University Town Center.
Bromstad, a Ringling College of Art and Design alumnus, will take scissors in hand at 10 a.m. at Macy's north entrance. Bromstad, 41, won the first season of "HGTV Design Star" in 2006, leading to his own shows, "Color Splash" and "Color Splash Miami." At 1 p.m. of the grand opening, Bromstad also will host a fashion show in the north parking lot and have a meet-and-greet on the store's second level in the ready to wear department. The meet and greet opportunity and seats for the fashion show are reserved for the first 200 customers to make a $35 purchase in the women's department.
Customers also can enter to win tickets to the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Anyone who wants to preview Macy's can pay $5 to shop in the store. All proceeds will go to charity. Shoppers can pay at the door from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Customers who purchase the pass will receive 20 percent off regular, sale and clearance women's, men's and kid's apparel and accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, frames, bed, bath and housewares; 10 percent off clearance furniture, mattresses, area rugs and electronics, along with $10 off a purchase of at least $25. They also have the chance to win a $500
Macy's gift card.
"Our newest Macy's store at University Town Center is a highly anticipated opening in the Sarasota market," said Kerry Yelle, Macy's vice president store manager. "Sarasota is a fast-growing, dynamic community and we look forward to serving them with our amazing fashion assortment and exclusive brands. Our outstanding staff is eagerly waiting opening day."
Other planned event:
8 a.m. Wake Up with Make Up: a tented cosmetic trend show including beauty presentations featuring Rogelio Reyna, pro artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics. The event will be in the store's north parking lot.
10 a.m. Macy's opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the north parking lot. HGTV's David Bromstad will be on hand to cut the ribbon. The Lakewood Ranch High School Marching Band is scheduled to perform.
The first 400 customers will receive a $10 Macy's gift card.
1 p.m. fall fashion show in the north parking lot tent hosted by Bromstad. Immediately following the fashion show, Bromstad will hold a meet and greet in the ready to wear department on Level 2.
6 p.m. With any purchase in the home department, have a complimentary bite to eat. Customers can receive samples from local restaurants including Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar, Miguel's, Heavenly Cupcakes and Darwin's on 4th. Chefs and experts will offer advice on what tools to use.
5:30 p.m. Paint the night pink reception in partnership with brides against breast cancer featuring live entertainment and a Ringling College Art Exhibit. Tickets are $20. RSVP by calling 1-877-721-4673 as space is limited.
Noon: With every $25 children's purchase, receive a pair of tickets to a superhero costume party with Marvel's Spiderman. Ice cream social, face painters, balloon artists and a Mote character meet and greet also planned through the day.
6 p.m. A performance by the 80-piece Sarasota Youth Opera ensemble.