Three famous names in retail - two known for catalogs, one for charity - are offering travelers new shopping experiences. The companies, L.L. Bean, Lands' End and Goodwill Industries, all have new stores and features to serve and lure travelers.
- L.L. Bean has added a children's store to its collection of outlets in Freeport, Maine. The new L.L. Kids store tries to bring the outdoors indoors. It includes an indoor waterfall and trout pond, a climbing wall and a mountain-bike test ride, which replicates an off-road experience. Information: 1-800-809-7057.- Another catalog giant, Lands' End, has opened a store in the main terminal of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The store stocks popular catalog items, such as ties, blouses and suitcases. It also provides free coloring books and children's activities.
The store has computer stations allowing customers to shop and order Lands' End merchandise on the Internet. The staff also will download travel information, such as the latest weather forecast for a particular destination - which might provide an incentive to buy a new sweater or umbrella. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
- Near Washington, the Goodwill kiosk offers used paperback books to travelers passing through South Pier, Terminal B of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Along with buying books - sold at half the cover price - passengers also can donate used volumes to the cause. (The charity requests that donors not leave books after hours or bring large quantities of books.)
The stand is managed and primarily staffed by volunteers. Proceeds support the local chapter of Goodwill, which provides jobs and training for people with disabilities or who come from disadvantaged conditions.