With the opening of the new Apple Store in Shadyside we knew we had to be amongst the first to enter. We left our place around 7:30am to get in line for the 10:00am opening of the store. As we pulled onto Walnut Street we saw the line was about 75 people deep. "Not too bad," I thought to myself. I then saw my brother sitting on the curb, already in line, near the start of the line. Score.
I parked the car in the parking garage and headed back to the store. Between driving past and parking, some friends had showed up and taken their place in line with Dan. We were about 30 people from the start of the line. We stood and talked and drank coffee while waiting for the store to open. Many people walked by and asked why we were waiting in line. We made it clear that it was opening day, but they still didn’t understand. There was a rather humorous conversation between a jogger and Steve at one point. The jogger insisted he didn’t see the allure of waiting in line to go into an Apple Store (of all things). Steve came back with "If this was a jogging store you know you’d be first in line." The delivery was perfect. We laughed long and hard about that one.
The Apple workers kept coming out of the store and walking down the line trying to get everyone cheering and whatnot, which worked to a degree. The biggest problem was that many of the people had been standing there for upward of two hours. People were certainly getting tired and the sun was getting hotter.
At 10:00am, after a small welcome speech from the head manager, the doors opened and they let in about 75 people. We went straight to the iPods and picked a 20gb model for Bridget (4th generation!) and a warranty card for it. We filled out all the sweepstakes cards and checked on the cases for the iPods. I spent a good amount of time at the Genius Bar getting a replacement for my iPod headphones which had separated at the split. Things were a little rocky since I was the first customer for the guy that helped me, but all in all I was just happy to get new headphones for free. Thank goodness for the one year hardware warranty.
p>We made a morning of it by going to Crepes Parisienne after our Apple Store visit. Nothing beats that place for tasty breakfast. We all sat with our merchandise and our free t-shirts and decided that we would probably be back to the Apple Store within the next week. I can’t wait until they get they new 4th generation accessories in stock. Bridget wants a pink case for hers. I just want to go and drool over the equipment. Check out all the pictures here.