If you've traveled through Boston Logan International Airport's Terminal C over the past six months, you've undoubtedly noticed some changes. Last July, Massport completed a $62 million renovation that consolidated the two smaller Terminal C checkpoints into one larger area, not only improving the look of the terminal but providing a more streamlined security process.
Today the terminal turns trendy, and is giving new reason for travelers to arrive a little earlier for their flights.
As part of the renovations,12,000 square feet was alloted to new retail and food space from pre- to post-security. From a dedicated spa to an iStore retailer, jewelry stores and a kid-approved games and toys zone, travelers with time to spare in the Boston airport will easily find a few new ways to fill space between flights.
The shops, which are managed by Westfield Concession Management (WCM), have been slowly opening one-by-one over the past few weeks, but I popped into Terminal C yesterday to see what's officially open for travelers.
Be Relax – The Paris-based spa company set up shop its first shop in Boston to give passengers a place to relax and rejuvenate before or after a flight. Walk-in services include manicures, pedicures, massages, foot reflexology, facials, waxing and aromatherapy. Prices range from $24 for an "express manicure" to $69 for full-treatment pedicure. Chair massages start at $25 for 10 minutes and are as high as $80 for 45 minutes.
iStore Boutique – The Montreal-based company iStore sells hardware and accessories from Apple, Sennheiser, Blackberry, Moshi, Incase, Targus, Panasonic, and more. Terminal C at Logan is the retailers first U.S. location. soundbalance is also a Boston first, and offers accessories and “green” technology products to travelers on the go.
In addition the new boutiques, a few new newsstands will debut in Terminal C including Travel+Leisure, which partnered with Hudson Group to create a travel concept store that sells luggage, travel accessories, local maps, travel guides and the latest issues of Travel+Leisure Magazine and Food & Wine. The store is located pre-security behind the United ticket desks and self-kiosks.
For the kids (and adults wanting a little something fancy to fly home with), The Bead Factoryoffers various jewelry and scarves. Also on hand is a Swatch store and Kids Works, featuring educational and innovative merchandise from Disney, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and Ty.
Still to come in Terminal C are a Legal Seafoods restaurant and Pinkberry, which officials say should make their debut this fall. A word of advice for travelers wanting to check out these stores: the retailers are spread out throughout the terminal - both on the jetBlue side and the United side (as they're referred to at Logan). There's little signage right now, but a spokesperson from Westfield confirmed that maps and store legends will be placed at ticket counters and in the food court.
As for why these 13 particular retailers were chosen, Dominic Lowe, executive vice president of Concession Management at Westfield Concession Management said in a statement: "Our goal is to create desirable, innovative, world-class concession programs that feature first-to-market concepts. There has been a lot of excitement and interest in our new retailers and we have high expectations that they will experience significant financial growth.”
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