For every young boy and girl - and every young boy and girl at heart - the Thomas and Friends Pop-up Shop at Flinders Street Station makes for a great scene.
Celebrating the 70th year of Thomas' existence, the pop-up shop is located within the Flinders St concourse and the bright colours and intricate detailing about the shop shows while this may not be a permanent addition to the site, no less, much pride has gone into building up the display. This shall be welcome news to the young members of the Thomas fan club.
The impressive thing about the shop is there is no sense of rush or emphasis on sales placed upon customers. While it'd be understandable things became more busy around peak-hour, in the interim, staff are happy to chat and take the time to ensure the right selection is made, as well as to explain the finer points of the Thomas universe more broadly.
'Staff are happy to chat and take the time to ensure the right selection is made, as well as to explain the finer points of the Thomas universe more broadly'
This can also be seen by the table and chairs alongside other adornments set up to entertain kids on-site, and all adds up to a business that genuinely is seeking to leave those who visit with a genuinely good experience.
Concerning the products, it should be declared in the first the author is yet be an authority on all things Thomas. By contrast, is it undoubted most anyone would find the gold Thomas eye-catching, and it is a rare offering in celebration of his 70th year.
In turn, alongside being offered as a stand alone product, the minis sets - both available on site and elsewhere - also include a mini version of the rarity. This shall surely be a draw for old collectors, as well as encourage some new ones to begin an effort in this area.
Finally, there is an offering of James in black as opposed to his usual offering of red. Having been appraised James is rather proud of his bright red paintwork, this would surely represents a change in James' understanding of himself. Yet, it is also a new appearance shall surely delight a young fan that wishes for something new.
All up, the Thomas and Friends makes for a great stop on a day out in the city with your kids. Further, while yet to be established at time of writing, a giant cake display is to be unveiled at the shop on Thursday March the 5th. The idea this may well be the icing on the cake for the shop has much currency.
Therefore, with so many smiling faces about the place and the cheeriness of the staff, you may even find an otherwise normally serious looking office worker or two crack a smile at the end of the day when he sees a good number of people at Flinders St perfectly happy with the trains in every way.
[Disclaimer: The piece has originated exclusively from the author's own idea. The author has no professional links or association with the pop-up shop].