“Imagine India,” Macy’s 61st Annual Flower Show

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I used to think the coolest thing about Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square was its nearly hidden subterranean post office. That’s where I dropped off a package today and noticed something that might be even cooler—Macy’s 61st Annual Flower Show, “Imagine India.”

The store was transformed, from the miniature chocolate elephants on display downstairs, to the huge Ganesh on the store’s façade, which I noticed on Friday night when it was dramatically lit, with the wall of windows customized to look like part of a shrine. For the next two weeks, until April 14, the store will “showcase the art, architecture and history of Indian culture amid lush greens and thousands of blooms.”

I will go back again, and probably not just for stamps. In-store scheduled events include a Dosa cooking demo, the Lancôme Henna Lounge and DJ Rekha live. Shoppers will have the chance to purchase authentic Indian textiles, jewelry, furniture and antiques from specialty shops, and to buy plants from the show at the end. Unscheduled events include dressing up in authentic textiles, pretending to be part of the display and then jumping out to startle wide-eyed shoppers.

More:
Additional event information
Local ABC news talk show interview with DJ Rekha and Macy’s (anchors seem to be fascinated by the DJ’s career choice.)

Update: Photos of “Imagine India” from Darcy Vasudev.

April 2, 2007
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  1. April 3, 2007, 12:31 am Ismat

    Have fun, Pavani! I’m jealous–I’m attending the New York one, which is “Flora Exotica.” I’m sure it will be lovely, but I would have liked to see the SF version. Be sure to report back!

  2. April 10, 2007, 8:36 am Nicole Strickland

    LOVE IT!