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Permitting a Star Ceremony: Simon Cowell Made it to the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

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By, April McCarty-Caggiano
Director of Client Services

 

When it was announced that everyone’s favorite judge was going to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, NBC wanted to show their love for Simon Cowell at the ceremony.

We were tasked with staging a digital double-decker bus featuring Cowell and the message, “Congratulations on your well-deserved Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! From Your NBC Family.” The digital bus display served as a backdrop to the dedication and treated the audience to a great view from above.

The event had several of Cowell’s celebrity friends in attendance including Kelly Clarkson, Heidi Klum, Louis Tomlinson, Adam Lambert, Howie Mandel, Mel B and many more.

Under normal circumstances, getting permission to do anything during a Star Ceremony wouldn’t be possible, but not for our team. EventPermits has spent 30 years building the necessary relationships that allow us to make the “impossible”…POSSIBLE. 

Bring us your tall orders, and let’s make magic together!

To read more coverage on Simon Cowell’s star ceremony click here. 

PUMA Bloodlines Philadelphia: Relaunching a classic shoe in an epic way

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Thousands of people ride Philadelphia’s SEPTA Market-Frankford Line each day, but it isn’t every day that they are rewarded with a free pair of sneakers.

On July 20th, PUMA re-launched their classic GV Special sneaker with a unique activation in Philadelphia. PUMA Bloodlines honored Philadelphia’s unique rhythm and energy!

Riders checked in at the 30th Street Station to start the experience and those who hit all four stops received a pair of PUMA GV Specials at a branded block party in Franklin Square. The activation included four unique “Puma Stops” along the SEPTA train line, each location with its own entertainment for riders and block party attendees to enjoy.

Stations included 30th Street, 15th Street, 13th Street and 5th Street, ending near Franklin Square Park. At each station stop, participants were given a voucher. If they collected all of them, they received a VIP Puma Event Pass at the last stop for their free pair of Pumas at Franklin Square Park!

Artist Sierato was at the park, custom painting shoes that were part of a raffle. Sierato creates some of the most unique and socially viral artwork for your feet.

Food was provided by Center City Pretzel Co., Sonny’s Famous Steaks and John’s Water Ice. Music and entertainment included DJ Cosmic Kev, Matthew Law, Rapper Freeway, Yis “NoseGo” Goodwin, Recohavoc, Grande Marshall, bucket drummers, and more!

The event attracted participants of all ages and earned an exceptional amount of social media buzz, especially on Instagram where the hashtags #pumabloodlines #pumabloodlinesphilly were used by attendees.

Finding the perfect Father’s Day Gift is Just one “Dad Joke” Away with Marshalls

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MarshallsFather’s Day Gift Wall Comes to Flatiron District

Marshalls Father's Day Wall NYC

By, Kate Bunster
Director of Marketing and Communications

Whether you’re a chronic procrastinator or have a Dad that seems to just “have it all,” it’s never a good feeling to be scrambling last-minute for a Father’s Day gift. This year, Marshalls came to the rescue, proving that it’s never too late to find the perfect gift.

On June 13th, we helped the discount retailer install a 30-foot by 30-foot wall in NYC’s Flatiron District. Secured to the wall were Father’s Day gifts, which included luggage, a bike, cookware, a kayak and more. When passersby approached the wall, they were asked to tell their best “dad joke.” Then, they could select from the displayed merchandise, which was retrieved by a certified climber.

When our client, City Eventions, came to us with this exciting project, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. We wanted to secure the perfect location that would attract the right crowd and increase brand awareness.

Working with our client, we decided on the Flatiron District as the ideal spot for Marshalls to hold this event. Aside from being a tourist spot, Flatiron is home to many restaurants and large businesses. A great location to find that on-the-go consumer!

The Marshalls Father’s Day wall drew a huge crowd and earned a significant amount of social media buzz, using the hashtag #MarshallsSurprise. Even musician Kevin Jonas stopped by to pick out a gift for his dad! Stars- they really are just like us!

To view more coverage from the event visit:

http://creativity-online.com/work/marshalls-giant-fathers-day-wall/54788

http://www.thedrum.com/creative-works/project/leo-burnett-marshalls-fathers-day-billboard

 

#EventPermits   #NYCBuildingDeptPermits   #NYCPlazaPermits   #FlatironDistrict   #EventProfs

Central Perk Pops Up in Soho for Friends 20th Anniversary

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Permitting the most EPIC Pop-up store ever


By, Tommy Hennigan – Contributor
Partner, EventPermits LLC

When you think about some of the most impressive pop-up store activations, what comes to mind? For me, I can’t help but think about the Friends 20th Anniversary Central Perk Coffee Shop in SoHo, NYC.

When Warner Brothers wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NBC’s must see TV” line-up, they looked to our longtime experiential agency client, Source Marketing. Our friends at Source immediately turned to our experienced team to handle all of the permitting and security components.

The month-long activation drew in a line of eager coffee drinkers that stretched out over three city blocks each day. Fans came from near and far to sip on the Central Perk Roast blend from Eight O’Clock Coffee. In collaboration with Warner Brothers, Eight O’Clock also sponsored the pop-up.

The Central Perk Experience

Upon entering the Central Perk “experience,” there were tons of social media and photo opportunities. The interior included a working coffee bar, the cast wardrobe, props from the show, and of course, the famous orange couch.

In addition, the merchandise counter offered memorabilia for purchase from the show, including bags of the special Central Perk Roast blend.

Special events were held at the Central Perk shop throughout the month-long activation. Highlights included musical performances by The Rembrandts (Friends theme song artists), as well as Grammy-winning artist Colbie Caillat. In addition, a special guest appearance was made by James Michael Tyler (Gunther from Friends).

The in-store music playing in the Central Perk pop-up included all of the greatest hits from the classic TV series, including Phoebe’s very own “Smelly Cat!”

All in all, Warner Brothers estimated that the hard work from our client, Source Marketing, was responsible for over 1.6 billion earned media impressions! 

To read more about this activation click here. 

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Kylie Cosmetics Pop-Up Draws Thousands To Bay Area

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Fans camp out for nights to experience Jenner’s brand in-store

By Kate Bunster, Director of Marketing and Communications
EventPermits, LLC

Last week, my team and I headed to the Event Marketer Summit in San Francisco. Since it was my first time in the city, my teammates served as my official tour guides throughout the duration of our visit. I had absolutely no shame in snapping pictures of all the “touristy” stuff!

One morning, we ventured out before heading to our morning session and stumbled upon the Kylie Cosmetics pop-up store on Grant and O’Farrell. The exterior was a two-toned peachy pink and white. Above the entrance read the words, “KYLIE” and “05/18/18,” which was the launch date of the pop-up.

Even though it was still four days out from opening day, it was already creating a ton of buzz. Fans stopped by the storefront to take pictures and get a first look at what the beloved celebrity cosmetics brand had in store for them – no pun intended. The EventPermits™ team was able to catch an exclusive first look at the pop-up before it opened its doors to the public.

The pop-up created so much buzz before launch, that fans began lining up two days before the event. Because of this, many of the streets surrounding the activation footprint were shut down. This probably had something to do with that fact that Kylie posted on social media that she would be dropping by to meet with fans and there would be “some special things” exclusive to the store. As a result of all the excitement surrounding the event, it was reported that the Kylie Cosmetics pop-up event drew in over 2,000 to the Union Square area!

Thanks for all the ❤ today San Francisco! #KyliePopUp

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Were you in the San Francisco area for all the Kylie madness?

In Case You Missed It: 5 Upcoming Experiential Trends from #EMSlive

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The micro trends that will dominate the event industry this year

By Kate Bunster, Director of Marketing and Communications
EventPermits, LLC

This past week, some of the world’s greatest minds in marketing gathered in San Francisco for EventMarketer’s Experiential Marketing Summit. The week was packed with informative presentations from Samsung, Amazon, Mondelēz, Lyft and many more. Our team was incredibly inspired by the energy and insight that surrounded the event and are excited to share some of our key takeaways.

As technology and social behaviors continue to transform, so does the way that we– as marketers– communicate with our audiences. These changes are materialized in the trends we see each year in experiential. Here are five of those trends that were prevalent throughout this year’s Event Marketer conference:

1. User Triggered Experiences

Now, more than ever, customers are craving to have total control over their experiences as consumers. Because of this, brands are putting the power back in their hands during activations, creating unique experiences that occur on their terms. A good example of this is when, earlier this year, Citibank put a huge ball pit in the middle of Times Square. Attendees who jumped into the ball pit were able to interact with their “JOYTM,” which instead of money, distributed prizes. In a world where consumers don’t always have a say in the information and messages that are being thrown at them, this is extremely impactful.

2. Cause Marketing

Yes, our goal as marketer’s is to make money, but what if you could make money AND do something good? Cause marketing turns good into action. When we feel good, our consumers feel good; when we make our consumers feel good, the chances of brand loyalty and recognition is greater.

A perfect example of this is State Farm’s, “Here to Help “campaign, which activated during Bonnaroo. Event-goers took refuge in the insurance company’s 32-foot by 32-foot air-conditioned structure, which gave out useful items such as sunscreen, toothpaste, and bandanas. Statefarm encouraged the use of the hashtag #heretohelp, sticking to their company message and spreading it way beyond the activation footprint.

3. Learned Experiences

Simply put, brands are now making event attendees work harder for a reward. In order for them to get X, they must first do Y. Though this may seem somewhat demanding of the customer, brands are executing this in a way that is engaging, attractive, and hard to ignore. These learned experiences add a valuable (and not to mention, shareable) layer to the consumer experience. Watch how Kit Kat Brazil used their “Virtual Staring Contest Vending Machine” to bring this trend to life. 

4. Tradable Experiences

People absolutely love free stuff…until they have too much. A free hat here, an energy bar sample there– they’re all great. But when attendees begin to become inundated with event swag, not only does your brand risk getting lost in the rest of the “pile”, but event-goers also become disinterested. This is why Hershey’s created a “Swag Exchange” at SXSW, which created a ton of buzz for the relaunch of their Take 5 candy bar.

5. DIY – Maker Moments

Much like learned experiences, maker moments call for a special type brand interaction, in an even more hands-on way. With “Maker Moments”, consumers are asked to create something for your brand. This trend is genius, as it causes attendees to slow down and take the time to soak in your message, especially when you are activating in fast-paced markets, such as NYC. This trend was seen at Coachella, where guests could customize shoes in the Popsugar Cabana Club with DSW. In a culture where DIY is becoming the new norm, this approach is a no-brainer.

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Though these are just some of the upcoming trends in experiential, there are a ton more out there that will continue to evolve from year-to-year. Which of these trends are you most excited about acting upon?

16’ Breast Cancer Support Bra Raises Awareness

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Advocate Health Care Promotes Early Detection on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

By Jennifer Respondi, Partner
EventPermits, LLC

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advocate Health Care installed a 16′ Breast Cancer Support Bra on Chicago’s Tribune Plaza. 

Coupled with HY Connect in Chicago, Advocate Health Care was able to bring this Breast Cancer Awareness project to life. Their goal was to draw attention to the importance of self-checks, in addition to regular mammograms for women; it is vital for early detection and preventative care.

The Breast Cancer Support Bra is part of Advocate Health Care’s annual campaign, #StoriesOfTheGirls.

EventPermits assisted in the location scouting and legal presentation of the Breast Cancer Support Bra. Additionally, we worked with the City of Chicago to turn the skyline lights from white to pink throughout the month of October for the “Light the Way to Find a Cure” campaign.  This was the second consecutive year for this portion of the activation.

Advocate Health Breast Cancer survivors stood together with one another beside the sculpture on the day of the event. They shared their stories and the importance of breast cancer awareness through early detection, self-checks, mammograms and treatment options. Participants were given pink carnations to show their support, along with pink lip balm from EOS. 

The 15,000-pound bra provided an eye-catching photo opportunity for passersby. Besides being an interesting social media photo, the Bra Statue contributed to a much greater cause. After all, for every photo posted with the tag #SupportYourGirls on Instagram & Twitter, Advocate Health Care donated $1 to the American Cancer Society.

The event was broadcast on local news stations such as WGN-TV, ABC 7, Fox 32, and CBS 2 in Chicago.  

Read more about the activation here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-bra-sculpture-pioneer-court-20141001-story.html

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/10/01/giant-bra-on-michigan-avenue-drawing-attention-to-fight-against-breast-cancer/

http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/advocate-health-care-raises-breast-cancer-awareness-in-big-way

Werther’s Builds Life-Sized Candy Land Pop-Up

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Celebrating National Caramel Day at the Santa Monica Pier

Werther's Candy Land
By Jen Respondi – Contributor
Partner, EventPermits, LLC
When I think of caramel, I instantly think of the delightful candy from Werther’s Candies every time. It’s just how it is! When I think of the board games I played as a kid and with my son when he was little, Candy Land is at the top of the list.  Combining these two memories is sweet in more ways than one.

In honor of National Caramel Day (April 5th), EventPermits worked together with Agency H5, in conjunction with Hasbro and Werther’s Candy, to create a life-sized version of the board game, Candy Land!

Agency H5 in Chicago was tagged by Werther’s to bring this magical land of caramel dreams to life. The activation featured:

-Werther’s Woods

-Caramel Crème Lagoon, where guests were able to ‘fish’ for a bag of Werther’s

-Caramel Popcorn Mountain, which offered samples of caramel popcorn

The Werther’s version of this timeless board game brought both young and old to have fun together. Participants were able to choose from oversized cards, which determined their path on the board. The game ended at Caramel Castle.

A special guest appearance was made by ‘Extra’ and ‘Saved by the Bell’ star, Mario Lopez. The actor fished for caramel candy with his kids and posed for some pictures along the way.

Working with the City of Santa Monica, EventPermits helped turn a small piece of the Pier into a truly sweet experience. Our team assisted in providing the location scouting, permitting and legal presentation of the activation.

The event was broadcast on local news stations such as ABC, FOX, CBS, and SMDP in Santa Monica. Agency H5 used the hashtag #WerthersXCandyLand to engage users on social media. 

For those who were not able to attend in person, you can download the online version of the game and have some fun! https://caramelday.com/

Read more about the activation here:

http://abc7.com/society/life-sized-candy-land-pops-up-on-the-santa-monica-pier-/3305184/

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/life-sized-candy-land-opens-on-santa-monica-pier

http://smdp.com/werthers-original-creates-life-size-candy-land-game-at-the-pier/165388

EventPermits Brings The Ultimate Nick Jonas Tour Bus to LA

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Booking.com provides travelers with three unique experiences

Ultimate Nick Jonas Tour Bus

By, April McCarty-Caggiano
Director of Client Services

Project Background

EventPermits recently assisted Booking.com with a mobile marketing campaign to promote the debut of it’s new category, “Book The US List.” Their newly launched website update features the most unique places to stay in each of the 50 states and Washington, DC.

Travelers, from around the globe, entered a contest on the booking.com website where they were able to choose from one of three once-in-a-lifetime locations to spend a night. These unique locations included: The Empire State Building in New York City, American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida or the Ultimate Nick Jonas Tour Bus in Los Angeles, California.

How We Made it Happen

Booking.com wanted the final venue or location of the Ultimate Nick Jonas Tour Bus to be as exclusive as the opportunity itself. The bus needed a picture-perfect LA backdrop. They approached EventPermits to help secure the iconic Hollywood Sign. 

Press was able to witness the exciting announcement of the winner’s special opportunity on the morning of March 8th, where they received worldwide media attention along with social media buzz for the activation.

Though it was not the exact tour bus Jonas takes on the road, the singer played a large role in the design. He even included some of his favorite things within the tour bus, in order to provide the most authentic fan experience as possible.

In addition to the one-night stay, the lucky guest enjoyed a guided tour of LA and a meet and greet with the singer. The winner also received dining at two of Nick’s favorite restaurants and transportation to and from the bus. 

To read more about this activation click here.

5 Tips for Event Planning in the Winter

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The where and the how to plan events in the cold and snow.

By, Stella Fitzpatrick – Contributor
Partner and CFO, EventPermits, LLC

Winter events can be tricky. Despite it being cold, cities are still bustling and lively. The same consumers that your brand desires to target are continuing their daily lives, heading from the subway to their place of work – regardless of the weather. As a matter of fact, the winter months are the best time of year to reach your brand’s exact demographics because of the decrease in travel around the winter months (minus holiday travel) and the concentration of local foot traffic.

This is a great time to focus on areas like city centers, financial districts, and local entertainment facilities such as sporting arenas and movie theaters. Here are a few ideas that can satisfy your brand’s needs through the cold days of winter.

1. Pop-up Stores

Pop-up stores are a great alternative to showcase a seasonal product or go inside from the cold. We have facilitated many pop-up shops for various brands throughout the years.

Many agencies think they need a huge budget when they think of “pop-up stores.” This can be the case in many events, as they often have a high-ticket price. If your brand wishes to take over a storefront, retail space or barebones warehouse location for many weeks, this can start to become pricey, especially when you factor in the load-in, build, props, event sets and load-out schedule.

An alternative to this could be partnering with an existing store, location or restaurant that will give you space within their current space. Another idea would be to create your own space by purchasing or renting a shipping container or outfitting a mobile vehicle. And, our experienced team can help to facilitate with all of these strategies.

2. Indoor Venues

Indoor venues are also a great idea; but where do you start?! We have an extensive and up-to-date list of locations that allow for the marketing and distribution of product. Some of these locations are sporting arenas, business lobbies and transportation hubs.

Alternatively, there are other opportunities such as “seat drops” on subways and train systems where at the end of the line, brand ambassadors are allowed on the train to set magazines or other distributed materials on the seats of commuters.

3. Heated Tents and Geodomes

Heated tents and Geodomes are a simple solution for outdoor marketing through the winter months, however this choice can be complex without the right resources. EventPermits can cut through the red tape of building permits for oversized tents, fire inspections, generator permits, occupancy permits, etc. as we are also a registered General Contractor with the City of New York, and other major US cities.

We typically suggest the rental of clear tent sides so the consumer can feel like they are still outside, especially if the location looks like a winter wonderland. The warmth inside the tent is always a welcoming break for shoppers and locals alike.

4. Partnerships

Partnering with existing events such as Christmas markets, New Year’s Eve celebrations in various markets, or the unveiling Valentine’s art installations are a great way to take advantage of built-in foot traffic.

Our past events have included gift wrapping stations, the distribution of hats and clackers to NYE event goers, and sign up programs for mail-to-home sampling programs.

Another opportunity would be to partner with Digital Domination Media (a sister company to EventPermits) and utilize our Street-to-Screen™ technology. This is a cost efficient and impactful  way to interact, in person, with patrons, while plussing-up your online presence with our built in social media add-ons! The customer’s picture is taken via tablet or smart phone and instantly uploaded to our network of digital OOH screens in Times Square or any internet ready screen in the United States or the world. This is an effective way to communicate your brand’s message to the public.

5. Alternative Markets

Permitting in alternative, warmer markets is the simplest of all solutions. Sometimes, no matter how much planning has been put in place, your dream location is not available and the countdown on the clock begins. Your brand client is e-mailing you for updates and your weekly call-in meeting is coming up. What do you do? Call us!

EventPermits has venues and locations across the country and relationships that are 20+ years old. Because of this, we are able to respond quickly and get answers for your clients within minutes or hours, making you look like a rock star to your team.

Follow us on social media for more event marketing tips and ideas and let us help you stay warm!

Providing Permits for Runners and Residents Alike

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We recently secured permits for an extremely successful and wildly popular American footwear manufacturer that held an event in New York City promoting a new line of running shoes. The event, a Shoe Show Truck that took place on October 31 on 52nd Street, was attempting to reach not only passersby, but also the thousands of runners participating in the annual New York City Marathon.

The location, between 7th and 6th Street, was within walking distance to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. EventPermits strategically secured this area because of the many marathon participants that were staying in hotels nearby. The strategy paid off, with many runners coming by to see the latest in footwear advances from the manufacturer. The Shoe Show Truck was decorated by professional graffiti artists.

The company, founded over 100 years ago, is considered one of the world’s major sports footwear manufacturers. The limited-edition product on display at this Shoe Show Truck event was designed to reflect the colors and theme of the New York City Marathon and will be available for a limited time.

The product in question was developed using the very latest advances in technology—including 3D printing. While the specific running shoe being used for the event was made with the New York City Marathon colors, other color combinations are available. Running critics claim that these shoes are worth your consideration. They are light, fast and comfortably cushioned.

While promoting their new product was at the forefront of the company’s mind, an opportunity to do good deeds for others was also a priority. Consumers who were interested in purchasing the running shoes were encouraged to swap their used shoes so they could be donated to charity.

EventPermits was commissioned by this footwear manufacturer to secure an activity permit for the Shoe Show Truck. An activity permit must be acquired for any activity on city property. EventPermits has secured thousands of these permits, along with many others types.

The Shoe Show Truck event was a rousing success and we really enjoyed working with a company wanting to engage in charitable giving. If your company is interested in a public event, please contact us for more information on event permitting.

 

 

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Location: 52nd Street, between 6th and 7th NYC

Times Square Invaded by Popular Online Role-Playing Game’s Fifth Expansion

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EventPermits recently secured several permits that allowed a wildly popular online role-playing war game to promote a new expansion pack. The event, which took place November 11-12, was the online game’s attempt to boost its marketing efforts in a creative and relevant manner.

In honor of the online war game’s most popular weapon, a taxicab was placed in the middle of Times Square in New York City with an axe impaled in its roof. The axe is an exact replica of the weapon used by many players in the game’s online world. The game, which was created more than ten years ago, has more than 10 million avid and passionate subscribers who were thrilled with the display.

Classified as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or MMORPG, these types of web-browser based games enable a substantial amount of players to interact with each other inside of a virtual world. In successful role-playing games, users are capable of becoming a character in a fantasy world and assuming control of that character’s actions, words, decisions and more. Users who play in the online gaming world are required to pay a small fee, which has provided MMORPG companies with billions of dollars in worldwide revenue.

In the fifth expansion of this game, players were introduced to an increase in the amount of levels, fresh zones and also new character models. The expansion has received many favorable reviews from video game critics and currently has a rating of 85 on Metacritic.

In order for the event in Times Square to run smoothly, EventPermits was enlisted to acquire the required permits. These included a Times Square Event Permit, which is necessary for all companies wanting to have an event in Times Square to obtain. EventPermits also acquired a Generator Permit, which is needed for any event that requires the use of a generator on site for power supply.

The official release date of the expansion was on November 13, 2014 at midnight. The event garnered massive amounts of attention and was considered a huge success.

 

 

Permits by EventPermits: Times Square Event Permit and Generator Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Location: Times Square, NYC

DINNER FOR 80 – STAGING A UNIQUE OUTDOOR EVENT IN NYC’S HISTORIC FINANCIAL DISTRICT

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We recently facilitated the location, site licensing, approvals and secured permits for an event in NYC’s Financial District hosted on July 21st by a leading Belgian beer company. Manhattan’s first paved road, the historical cobblestone Stone Street, served as the perfect location for an evening event celebrating Belgium National Day, complete with jazz music, food and beer. Belgium National Day commemorates July 21, 1831 when Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg became the first king by swearing allegiance to the newly created Belgian constitution.

We performed location scouting throughout Manhattan before settling on the location Stone Street and Mill Lane in the Financial District. To capture the client’s vision, we coordinated the contract with the managing party that allowed our client to activate in the space. We paid close attention to all details to ensure the historical cobblestone street was protected and residential regulations were observed. We also secured a sound permit for a live band performance during the event.

We oversaw and facilitated the entire event process, from securing the unique location, site agreement and permits, to the transformation of Stone Street and Mill Lane into an authentic Belgian Beer Garden. Firefly lights and beer chalice-chandeliers hovered over a long wood table, enhancing the magical feeling of summer. The invite list included about 80 bloggers and social media experts who enjoyed dinner and cocktails compliments of an iconic NYC restaurant and caterer. To ensure the event ran smoothly, we had 10 security staff onsite throughout the event, overseeing the safe and seamless production, management and breakdown of the event.

Our longtime relationship and alliance with managing parties on Stone Street assisted us to secure the best and most unique location for this special event. Our familiarity with the area ensured the event went off without a hitch. For more information on permitting special events in the Financial District, please contact us.

Permits by EventPermits: Sound Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Location: Financial District, NYC

TJ Griffin contributed to this post. 

Building Sandcastles in the Big Apple: IPO Launch for a Crafts Giant

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On June 27th, 2014 a major arts and crafts retail chain hosted an event in NYC to celebrate their return to Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on NASDAQ. The IPO launch event took place on the newly refurbished Broadway Plaza in Times Square, between 43rd and 44th streets diagonally across from the NASDAQ digital sign. Our team coordinated all production elements, including obtaining the permits and security required to run the event. The company’s CEO arrived at NASDAQ to witness the 9:30 a.m. opening bell ceremony, which kicked off the event.

The client’s goal was to recreate a playful outdoor summer atmosphere for crafting. They accomplished this by installing a 30′ x 20′ piece of astroturf onto the footprint, which featured several craft tables, white and red beach umbrellas, and a photo booth.

Passersby had two exciting craft options to choose from: decorating felt mustaches for their photo booth moment, or creating sculptures with a unique kinetic sand sold by the company. Kinetic sand looks like wet beach sand, but only sticks to itself, so there’s no mess. This not only pleased the kids, but their parents as well! Needless to say, the event may not have left a mess in Times Square, but it certainly left a lasting impression on its attendees.

Part of our production coordination also included staffing 32 brand ambassadors and life-sized brand characters in costume, in addition to two security guards. The brand ambassadors and security were on-site until the end of the event, which was marked by the 4 p.m. NASDAQ closing bell.

Special events in Times Square and the surrounding area are an excellent way to kick off an IPO. In May, we supported the IPO of a take-and-bake pizza company by securing permits, a location and security for the event.

If your client is planning an event to commemorate an Initial Public Offering, please contact us today.

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes

Location: Times Square, NYC

Permitting for Filming a Product Launch on NYC’s Iconic Bridges

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On June 22-23, we facilitated permitting for filming a product launch with a major motorcycle company to premiere the new electric motorcycle model (the first of its kind). The project came to life on NYC’s most iconic thoroughfares, including the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Using our film permitting and logistics capabilities, we coordinated a 55-minute film shoot of the motorcycles traveling across the bridges, starting in Brooklyn and ending in Manhattan.

The bridges created inspiring and breathtaking catwalks for these revolutionary and quiet new motorcycle prototypes. B-roll of the picturesque city skyline combined with footage of the bikes, brought a carefree feeling to the viewer, and captured the true essence of the company’s culture of freedom and self-expression. The footage also incorporates close-ups of the motorcycles to provide customers a detailed and exclusive look at the new technology.

In addition to footage taken on the bridges, our film permitting and logistics team secured a helicopter and videographer to capture the journey across each bridge from a birds-eye view in HD quality. This provided a diversity of shots, enhancing to the already breathtaking imagery of NYC.

Additionally, our event permitting team secured the street permits to close the lanes around the company’s flagship dealership in lower Manhattan for a product launch reception and by-invitation-only test-drives of the new motorcycles.

This project was unique to us as there are very few companies that have the breadth and depth of experience to coordinate such an ambitious undertaking in America’s busiest city. The impact of the event will continue to live on every time someone views the content on the web.

Generating exclusive content is critical for brands to gain recognition in today’s modern digital age. We have the ability to facilitate the creation of strong and engaging content in major cities and iconic locations across the USA.

For more information about film or event permitting, please contact us today!

Permits by EventPermits: Film Permit, Street Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits 

Security: Marty Barnes

Locations: Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge

Event Photo: © Ray Stubblebine/Harley-Davidson

Ditch the DSLR: Permitting a Product Launch in Times Square

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On June 4th, photography enthusiasts gathered in Times Square for a consumer electronics product launch which we facilitated for a leading experiential marketing agency.  The company introduced its new, revolutionary, internet-ready digital camera.  Attendees were allowed to bring their old DSLR cameras and use them as technological currency in exchange for the new camera. The event required several permits from us including: street activity, business association, department of buildings, and sound amplification.

The location we secured was ideal to support both a large amount of attendees and attract passersby. There was never a dull moment for attendees waiting to experience the new technology, as the excitement of Times Square and overall buzz for the new product created a high energy atmosphere.

In addition to the permits, we also coordinated security which remained onsite throughout the duration of the event. Attendees were each given a wrist band once their cameras were approved by staff members. This allowed them to remain inside the barricade in the plaza until it was their turn to enter the tent. Despite the unexpected large turn-out (so many expensive cameras in one plaza!), we were able to keep effortless control over the crowd, due to our proactive planning and ability to quickly adapt as the event unfolded.

An onsite DJ kept the attendees, some who had been waiting in line since 10PM the night before, lively and aided in attracting passersby. This required an amplified sound permit, which we also obtained for the event.

At 12PM, the event kicked off with a countdown from the DJ and then four individuals from the line were led into the tent at a time.

Inside the camera exchange tent were additional products available for consumer testing and demonstration. Attendees beyond the first 250 people were given a $50 coupon to use towards any camera within the tent.

A group of celebrity look-alikes were also on hand within the experience for visitors to have their pictures taken with, similar to the famous 2014 Oscars selfie.

The event delivered on all major metrics with 300 cameras being ditched for new ones.  For more information about permitting Times Square events, please contact us today!

Permits by EventPermits: Sound Permit, Special Events Permit, DOB Permit, Parking Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes

Locations: Times Square, NYC

Street to Screen™ Digital Engagement Platform Allows Instant Engagement for Times Square D-Day Remembrance Event

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On June 6, we supported an event staged for a 24/7 news channel based in France using our innovative Street to Screen™ technology which allowed pictures taken at street level on an iPad using a custom-created app just for the event to be instantly displayed on the giant digital out-of-home FOX-owned screen in Times Square. The event also required a sampling permit and security, which we secured and coordinated.

The event allowed passersby to take pictures using an iPad and include a tribute message giving thanks for the Allied forces’ efforts to liberate France during World War II. Using our proprietary Street to Screen™ technology platform, these images were then displayed on the FOX screen in Times Square with the news corporation’s logo and slogan.

This commemorative event allowed visitors in Times Square to participate in the 70th anniversary remembrance activities taking place worldwide. Soldiers who served in WWII and who participated in D-Day gathered with Allied Heads of State including United States President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and President François Hollande of France.

Brand ambassadors were also on location handing out tee shirts to participants, American flags and French flags. This activity required a sampling permit, which we secured for the agency that designed this event. In addition, we coordinated security provided by Marty Barnes Security for the duration of the event.

Our Street to Screen™  platform maximizes brand impact by allowing brands to send live videos, photographs or other digital content to more than 20 eligible HD LED screens in Times Square. The platform syncs multiple screens of varying sizes and can incorporate social media networks and email. During this event, images were simultaneously emailed to participants and displayed on the screen in Times Square.

Street to Screen™ was also used to showcase Microsoft’s launch of Windows 8 and the opening of the Microsoft Surface Tablet store in Times Square with interactive engagement that displayed the images that visitors drew on the new tablet on larger screens in Times Square as they were created.

This recent event allowed visitors in Times Square to join the global community in commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day by sharing an image and a comment, wish or tribute.

For more information about Street to Screen™ and permitting Times Square events, please contact us today!

Street to Screen™ by: Digital Domination

Permits by EventPermits: Sampling Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Locations: Times Square, NYC

Securing Times Square Permits for a Successful IPO Activation

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On Friday, May 2 a take-and-bake pizza restaurant chain celebrated its initial public offering (IPO) with a street-level marketing event just outside the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

The event kicked off after company executives rang the ceremonial opening bell. The main focus of the event was a large 8-foot-wide and 12-foot-tall custom sign that showed a typical place setting on a dinner table. The plate featured a pledge to “Make Time for Dinner” that people were encouraged to sign.

In addition to the sign, the event had a large footprint including 28’ x 8’ x 18” media risers decked out in red carpeting and black skirting, three 10’ x 10’ pop-up tents and sandbags as a backup to use in the event it rained during the event, and amplified sound powered by a generator.

These several parts worked together to create a successful and engaging event. Each component required a permit — we acquired an activity permit to secure the curb lane location outside the NASDAQ building at 43rd Street and Broadway. In addition, we secured an amplified sound permit and a generator permit for the background music. We also worked with Marty Barnes Security to provide twice as many guards during the event’s load-in and set-up; guards were also on site for the duration of the event.

Publicly celebrating an IPO with a street-level marketing event in Times Square is an excellent way to engage the public and introduce your brand to new potential fans. This event showcased the company’s commitment to bringing families together and supporting family dinner time by providing take-and-bake pizzas that make for quick and easy meals. The event showcased the company’s interests without displaying its product, offering a more heartfelt and human connection with the public.

If you’re working with an agency that is supporting the next brand to go public, our marketing team can support your activation by ensuring that all the moving parts are properly permitted and come together without a hitch. Contact us today to discuss your event!

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit, Amplified Sound Permit, Generator Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Locations: 43rd Street and Broadway in Times Square

We’ll Make You a Star: Permitting a Street Event to Promote the Tribeca Film Festival

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We recently secured parking permits for multiple locations of a mobile marketing street event that stopped in Union Square Park, Washington Park, the Meatpacking District, Madison Square Park, and in the Tribeca/Greenwich area — home to the annual film festival.

The street-level marketing event promoted this year’s film festival with a branded trailer that featured a photo booth. Passersby were encouraged to climb on board and show off their most dramatic expressions, from the serious to the silly. As they exited, participants were given prints of their photos and had an opportunity to purchase advance tickets to the Tribeca Film Festival.

The EventPermits team worked to secure parking permits for each of the five locations and also coordinated logistics and planning. In addition, we contracted security personnel for each location, provided by Marty Barnes Security.

Parking permits are essential for mobile marketing vehicles and tours to allow vehicles to remain parked on city property and also ensures a safe parking space is available that can accommodate the large footprints of marketing vehicles and trailers. Adequate spacing is imperative for the safety of participants, passersby, brand ambassadors and other motorists.

In addition, we are able to secure prime locations for each stop on a mobile marketing tour in order to match the desired demographic, pedestrian traffic, and picturesque location requirements from your brand client. Our experience and the relationships we have developed with municipal offices in each city are a tremendous asset to fulfilling these three requirements.

EventPermits secured permits and scouted locations on these recent successful nationwide mobile marketing tours for major brands:

Contact EventPermits today to begin planning your next mobile marketing campaign. Our fully staffed offices across the country can help you scout and secure the perfect location and ensure you’re fully and correctly permitted to launch a successful activation.

Permits by EventPermits: Parking Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Locations: Union Square Park, Washington Park, the Meatpacking District, Madison Square Park, and in the Tribeca/Greenwich

Securing Venues and Permits for a Coffee Food Truck Tour with Multiple Locations Nationwide

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In the spring, we partnered with a nationwide experiential marketing agency to produce a successful multi-market food truck tour that stopped in five locations across the country for three days in each market. To assist our agency client, we coordinated venues for each stop and secured the necessary permits required in each city.

The food truck made the following stops:

  • March 18-20: Austin, TX on Congress & 7th Avenue
  • March 24-26: Atlanta GA at Atlantic Station in Midtown
  • March 31-April 2: Baltimore, MD on Pratt Street between Gay Street and Market Place
  • April 7-9: Boston, MA at City Hall Plaza
  • April 15-16: New York City, NY at Grand Central Terminal

The branded food truck represented a global mutual funds and financial services company. Cups of freshly brewed coffee were sold at each location for just 26 cents! The cost of the coffee was 1/5 the cost of a standard coffee, equivalent to the savings available from the company on mutual funds, which cost just 1/5 the industry standard. Company representatives were on site to further discuss financial services.

We secured activity permits or venue contracts for each city to allow the street and sidewalk activity. We secured health permits in Boston and New York City, and also coordinated a parking permit and security — provided by Marty Barnes Security — in NYC.

Capturing pedestrian traffic and morning commuters on their way to the office was essential for the success of this campaign. We scouted popular locations in each city where there was significant foot traffic and were also close to office complexes and buildings to attract those heading into work in the morning. Our familiarity with locations in each market and our strong relationships with municipalities and venues across the country allow us to efficiently and effectively coordinate logistics for all kinds of mobile marketing events.

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit, Health Permit, Parking Permit, Venue Coordination

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Locations: Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; New York City, NY

Permitting a Madison Square Garden Display to Promote Final Season of Popular TV Show

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We recently worked with one of our agency partners to permit a successful and unique street activation just outside of Penn Station near Madison Square Garden. The activation was a singular installation placed on the sidewalk near Pennsylvania Plaza on 7th Avenue just before 33rd Street, across from the Hotel Pennsylvania. From April 10 through April 13, the installation slowly counted down the time until the premiere of the seventh and final season of a popular period drama television series.

The installation featured a 10-foot tall silver-rimmed and retro-styled highball glass perched on top of a stand advertising the show’s premiere television channel, date and time. The 200-gallon capacity glass included a straw, faux ice cubes and was filled with a tinted liquid representing scotch, the alcoholic beverage of choice of the show’s leading man. Much like an hourglass, the “scotch” in the giant highball slowly disappeared, performing a visual countdown to the show’s premiere.

While this was not an experiential or interactive event, this street-level marketing activation still required an activity permit to allow the installation to be positioned on city property and on the sidewalk. EventPermits secured the appropriate permits, and also coordinated 24-hour security, provided by Marty Barnes Security, to protect the installation and ensure passersby did not climb on or damage the display.

The display was offset to avoid obstructing pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk. This placement also allowed the highball glass to be viewed by both pedestrian and automobile traffic as cars drove by Penn Station. This specific location ensured plenty of impressions as crowds enter and exit the subway station and travel to the popular Madison Square Garden destinations nearby. A sister display was also set up on the West Coast at the corner of Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, CA to countdown the PST premiere of the show.

New York City is a popular destination for street-level marketing and event activations. Permits are crucial to the success of any event, and EventPermits takes away the guesswork and stress associated with securing permits so brands and agencies can focus on installing spectacular, engaging and memorable events. Don’t let your activation get shut down! Call us today to discuss securing permits for a range of events from coast to coast.

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Location: Penn Station/Madison Square Garden

Citi Bikes Power the Times Square Ball – Procuring Event Permits

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The Times Square Ball weighs 11,875 pounds and features 32,000 LED lights. It requires 50,000 watts of power for the entire NYE event — some of which was provided this year by active New Yorkers in Times Square. Six stationary Citi Bikes were posted on the corner of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street on December 28, 29 and 30 for passers-by to pedal. The bikes were hooked up to 75-watt hour dynamometer generators that collected the energy generating from pedaling which ultimately powered the Times Square Ball.

The bikes were also rigged with a small computer to track the watts that were generated by pedaling participants. Most people pedaled for one to five minutes, generating anywhere from one to five watts of power. The longer they pedaled, the more power was produced and saved for the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Power generated from the bikes was stored in 12-volt batteries.

Citi Bike is a bike sharing system operated by NYC Bike Share and sponsored by Citi Bank. Bikes are available all day, every day. They are locked into a network of stations around the city; they can be rented from and returned to any station in the system. The power bikes used in this event were stationary versions and were models refurbished after Hurricane Sandy.

For this event, we secured the activity permit and contracted security services from Marty Barnes Security. Citi Bank teamed up with Times Square Alliance, Countdown Entertainment and agency Pierce Promotions to highlight the sustainability and green initiatives in NYC.

The bikes were available to be pedaled and collect power on December 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and again on December 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants were given a free day pass to use a Citi Bike in the future.

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Promoted Brand: Citi Bank

Location: Times Square

Photo credit: © Charles Sykes/Invision for Citi

Scouting and Securing Locations to Spread #HPJoy This Winter

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In November through early December of 2013, Hewlett Packard launched the HP Joy caravan to share and showcase its latest products that were perfect for holiday gifting. The caravan trekked from the west coast to the east, stopping in seven cities across the country.

The event kicked off at HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. We scouted and contracted the locations for additional city stops:

  • Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA
  • The Third Street Promenade in the Hollywood Hills in Santa Monica, CA
  • The historic West End in downtown Dallas, TX
  • Chandler Fashion Center in Phoenix, AZ
  • The Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL
  • Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA.
  • The Shops at Georgetown in Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

For the event, we partnered with agency The Bait Shoppe. The caravan consisted of a covered pop-up tent where visitors could try the new HP Chromebook featuring Google’s Chrome operating system, new touch-screen tables and HP laptops. The caravan included plenty of HP’s other devices like televisions, printers and computers. Brand ambassadors were decked out in cozy winter gear emblazoned with HP’s logo and the event’s custom hashtag, #hpjoy. They tested HP products, greeted visitors and helped people engage with all of HP’s new devices.

The caravan was decked out in bright holiday colors, and was decorated to look like a wrapped Christmas present. Stops included a Christmas tree decorated with #hpjoy ornaments.

Events in each city offered giveaways, prizes and special treats for visitors like popcorn, hot cocoa and grilled cheese sandwiches. Santa Claus made an appearance in each city, inviting children and brand ambassadors to sit on his lap. In Atlanta, a group of break dancers even entertained the crowd.

Our expert knowledge of cities and locations across the country allowed us to work efficiently with The Bait Shoppe to secure spots for the caravan that would attract visitors throughout the day.

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Promoted Brand: HP

Locations: San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Washington D.C.

Securing Permits for Successful Street Event Promoting Upcoming TV Movie

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EventPermits recently partnered with marketing and PR agency Pop2Life Creative to coordinate a street event in Manhattan promoting the National Geographic Channel’s TV movie called “Killing Kennedy.” We handled logistics and coordination, including security which was provided by Marty Barnes Security. We also secured all necessary permits for the event, which occurred in two locations in Manhattan, including activity, generator and sound permits.

“Killing Kennedy” is a made-for-TV movie based on the book “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. One of many projects scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, the movie parallels the lives of President John F. Kennedy and his killer Lee Harvey Oswald, through that fateful day when the former president was assassinated. “Killing Kennedy” stars Rob Lowe as JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie O, and Will Rothhaar as Oswald. It premiered on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 10 with encore presentations airing on the channel regularly.

To promote the film, 1960s-era-styled popup newsstands stocked with replica newspapers and magazines from the time period appeared on the southwest corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, November 5. The newsstand then popped up at Columbus Circle on the north side between Broadway and Central Park West on Thursday, November 7.

We worked to coordinate brand ambassadors who were dressed in ‘60s-era clothing, staffed the newsstands, and handed out newspaper clippings and literature announcing Kennedy’s killing to passers-by. The newsstand featured the National Geographic Channel’s logo, plus promotional theatrical posters and included the hashtag #KillingKennedy. The hashtag trended worldwide on Twitter during the movie’s premiere, ranking among the top 10 for social mentions among all primetime cable programs airing Sunday night.

For more information about the types of permits, special permitting and cities we service, please visit our Services page.

 

Permits by EventPermits: Activity Permit, Sound Permit, Generator Permits

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits

Security Provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Promoted Brand: National Geographic

Locations: Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, Columbus Circle

Coordinating Multi-City Event Permits for Journelle’s Luxury Lingerie Road Trip

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Through the late summer and fall, EventPermits assisted Journelle — a luxury lingerie company based in Manhattan — to coordinate a road trip to promote their brand and designer products. Kicking off at the beginning of July in Sag Harbor, NY and wrapping at their home store in Manhattan on October 25, the tour traveled through major cities in the northeast. EventPermits secured parking permits and security for stops in Chicago, Washington DC/Georgetown and in the Meatpacking District in NYC.

For the tour, Journelle converted a vintage 1970 Land Yacht Airstream trailer into a mobile store with plush seating, a complimentary champagne bar in select locations, plus fit experts and style consultants, creating a unique take on the traditional pop-up store. Painted silver, the trailer was named The Grey Lady. In several cities, mannequins and additional merchandise were placed outside the trailer in the surrounding parking lot to further draw in pedestrians and passers-by.

We assisted Journelle by coordinating and securing all necessary parking permits in Chicago, DC and Georgetown, and NYC. In addition, we coordinated security provided by Marty Barnes Security for the NYC since it was a high-traffic event during Fashion Week and BeautyBar was onboard.

We coordinated parking at private facilities in Chicago and DC to ensure high visibility and we secured these locations due to their high rate of pedestrian foot traffic. In Chicago, The Grey Lady was settled between the best bars and restaurants, resulting in lots of traffic and interaction.

Our on-going relationships with authorities and offices in New York and other cities ensured we were able to create a successful multi-city event for Journelle, allowing them to focus on building The Grey Lady and their customer base. For more information about the cities we secure permits in, visit https://eventpermits.com/cities-sites-venues/.

 

Permits by EventPermits: Parking Permit

Security Coordinated by: EventPermits

Logistics and Coordination by:  EventPermits

Security provided by: Marty Barnes Security

Promoted Brand: Journelle

Locations: Chicago, Washington DC/Georgetown, the Meatpacking District.