Fisher Hassenfeld sponsors many trips to incredible exhibits, like those of the Franklin Institute, or as part of Restaurant Week to 10 Arts in the Ritz Carlton Hotel or to Graces Trading Company. While more informal than any of the aforementioned events, the newest FH sponsored trip was equally as exciting to me: a trip to the King of Prussia mall. King of Prussia is the largest mall in the northeast, and houses 3 million square feet of retail space, allowing for nearly 400 incredible stores and restaurants to call it home. The Mall is divided into 3 divisions: the Court, the Plaza, and the Pavilion. The infamous outdoor walkway connects the 250-store Plaza to the Court and the Pavilion.
The mall features eight department stores like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Macy’s. High-end designers like Michael Kors, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren all claim their territories, sharing space with the likes of Charlotte Russe, Banana Republic, Wet Seal, American Eagle, and more!
So last Saturday, the full-to-capacity school bus departed from the 37th and Spruce around 12:15pm and arrived at Mall heaven on Earth around 1pm, giving Penn students three wondrous hours to shop before returning to the bus at 4pm.
Some FHers decided to shop the entire time while others took advantage of the opportunity to eat non-dining hall food, indulging in one of the more than 40 eateries in the mall’s food court. It seemed that almost all of the girls stopped in Forever 21 as it was conveniently the first store near the entrance. It cannot be denied that Forever 21 has consistently been a popular choice among college girls for its trendy pieces and relatively low prices! I, like many of my peers, chose to shop for the entire three hours. I visited Forever 21, New York and Company, the Limited, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and H&M. Having arrived at the H&M in the Court around 3:45pm, my friend and I sprinted back from the east end of the Court to the west end of the Plaza in order to return to the school bus in a timely fashion. Thankfully, this wasn’t an America’ s Next Top Model challenge, and we weren’t disqualified for arriving 9 minutes after 4pm.
Upon returning to the bus, amongst the colorful array of shopping bags, I could see that many of my fellow students had also purchased items from J. Crew, H&M, Forever 21, and American Eagle. After hitting some afternoon traffic, the school bus arrived back to campus at 5:10. After a day of whirlwind sartorial euphoria, it was time to come back to Earth and continue on with our usual Penn routine. But I wouldn’t trade anything for those 5 hours of mall bliss – not even the money spent to purchase my newest sparkly, trendy, possessions.