Typically, a “pop-up shop” is some kind of temporary market where craftsmen, antique dealers, artisans and other businesses convene as a one-stop-shop for retail consumer. Christmas and the holidays, of course, are the most exciting season for pop-ups. These pop-up shops are the perfect place to go for one-of-a-kind gift ideas, easy browsing, and a special, thoughtful touch.
Amazingly, three Los Angeles businesses have combined the idea of a pop-up shop with something so different it’s practically the opposite: vending machines.
Usually, you’d think that any present someone got out of a vending machine was last-minute, inexpensive, and not really much of a present at all. But the Westfield Gift Box—the clever name of those three Los Angeles pop-up vending machines—carry some amazing and special gift ideas from popular Santa Monica Boulevard artisanal businesses: Alfred, a coffee and kitchen shop, Poketo, a stationary and novelty store, and Gray Malin, a photography and interior decorating accessory store. You can get mugs, coffee, chocolate, iPhone cases, notebooks, and cocktail kits from the vending machines, each of which also has a few “golden tickets” that can be redeemed for bigger prizes like a Malin print or a year’s worth of Alfred coffee (roasted by the Pacific Northwest’s own Stumptown Coffee Roasters!).
We can’t think of a better way to make holiday shopping a little more bearable. There are plenty of stocking stuffers that everyone is after, and putting them all in a vending machine makes for a quick and painless shopping experience by combining a tiny storefront and self check out. Customers don’t have to fight their way through isles of things and people, and businesses can save on labor costs.
Of course, the Westfield Gift Box is more of a novelty than a necessity, but we sure love hearing about innovative new ways to use this versatile technology. If you want to talk more about how a vending machine might be of use to your building or business, give us a call at Tassi Vending!