Hello Kitty says hello to Flushing!
Sanrio, the Japanese brand behind iconic cartoon character Hello Kitty, has opened a boutique in Flushing.
The 1,500-square-foot store is located at The Shops at SkyView Center, and its grand opening took place on Sunday. Guests at the event were treated to Hello Kitty appearances and giveaways of toys, temporary tattoos and balloons, in addition to free gifts with their purchases.
The store carries a mix of original and exclusive items featuring mega-popular Sanrio characters such as Keroppi the frog and Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty NY Mets merchandise will be in stock, as well as stationary, sportswear, accessories, school supplies, home decor, luggage, jewelry and more.
While there are many other authorized Sanrio retailers in the city, there is just one full Sanrio boutique other than the Flushing location. The other storefront is a pop-up shop with a smaller selection of items located in Times Square at 1565 Broadway planned to stay in the area until the holiday season of 2015. A permanent Sanrio location previously situated in Times Square closed in April 2014.