Hello, Thank You and Farewell Sanrio Gardena!

Hello, Thank You and Farewell Sanrio Gardena!

Hello, thank you and farewell Sanrio Gardena. Today I visited Sanrio Gardena for the last time ever.

The store will permanently closing on June 30, 2020. This store is the oldest Sanrio store in the US (they’ve been there for 42 years) and it breaks my heart to see them close. This store played a big part in my love for Sanrio and Hello Kitty as I’ve been visiting this store since I was three years old (back when they were Gift Gate).

My favorite character back in the day was Tweedle Dee Dee! Who remembers the cute Sanrio teddy bear?

The store even has a role in the name of this blog. “Hello Kitty Foodie” came about as a tribute to my dad who would take me to Sanrio Gardena in between cooking sessions at home. 😊

There are so many memories at this store that are near and dear to my heart.

It was here that my parents bought me my very first Hello Kitty, My Melody, Ahiru No Pekkle pencil cases and tin boxes that I would use in grade school.

It was also here that my dad bought me my first Pippo plush because I loved pigs. I would take it with me to the UCLA dorms as it was my first time ever to be away from home.

It was at Sanrio Gardena that participated in Sanrio’s Pompompurin shoe hunt for Pompompurin’s 20th anniversary.

I’ve also said “Hello” to Hello Kitty for numerous meet and greets (Holidays, Girl’s Day) throughout the years.

My mom and I have had so many happy conversations during our visits with Mie; the owner and Evelin; who is part of the Sanrio Gardena team. I was so touched today as I walked out of the store for the final time and Evelin told me to “please say hello to your mom.” ❤️

Shopping there today was so bitter sweet and my last haul consisted of lots of pink and lots of My Melody and Hello Kitty. 💕

Thank you Sanrio Gardena, Mie and Evelin for the memories and smiles through the years 💕. You’ll always have a special place in this Hello Kitty girl’s heart. I will miss visiting your store 😔 and the Sanrio world won’t quite be the same without you.

Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Lights, Camera, Hello Kitty!

I am so excited to share who the brightest star is to hit the Hollywood scene is…it’s no other than our favorite Hello Kitty! With her signature red bow, she is now the star of Universal Studio Hollywood’s newest Animation Studio store!

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Hello Kitty and friends are no stranger to Universal Studios. As I shared in a previous blog post in 2016; they brought lots of cuteness to Universal Studios in Florida. Now Hello Kitty, My Melody, Keroppi, Pompompurin and My Melody are bringing kawaii to the West Coast! Yay!

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The new Animation Studio store sure is bringing plenty of Sanrio star power as seen in several lovely details throughout the vicinity. There’s even a collection of Sanrio-themed topiaries right outside the store.

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The attention to detail in the new 6,000 square foot structure is not only cute but amazing as well!

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Walking in one will be treated to true Hello Kitty and friends happiness!

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There is a wonderful selection of park exclusive merchandise that includes accessories, apparel, stationary, souvenirs and collectibles!

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Sanrio star power can be found in every corner!

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One truly will be Sanrio star struck!

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One of the many fun aspects of the store is the feature of several Sanrio characters into classic Universal movies! Hello Kitty is seen as part of Jaws, King Kong, Back to the Future and many more feature films.

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And the Oscar err…Kitty goes to……

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Another kawaii part of the store is the Hello Kitty Build-A-Bow Display. Here one can customize their bow design for a variety of colorful bow options. Mix and match to create your own star look. 🙂

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Hello Kitty Foodies are sure to  love the delectable confectionary array of goodies that are also offered here!

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Baked fresh daily are tasty treats featuring Hello Kitty and friends! From s’mores to cupcakes and caramel apples; Hello Kitty and her friends are also the star of these delightful treats.

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From shopping to eating; every guest will feel like they are on the Hollywood Sanrio A-List when visiting the Animation Studio store.

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Red carpet ready; the Animation Studio Store is now open!

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Hello kitty will be stepping onto the red carpet 😉 and making special appearances at the Animation Studio Store. Be sure to get our favorite star’s autograph and enjoy Hollywood like you never have before.

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Hello Kitty Foodie at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA!

Hello Kitty Foodie at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA!

Just recently I got to go to the launch event of Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA!

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It was truly a dream come to true to be able to attend this event. I was so happy to see The Forum in Los Angeles filled with so much Hello Kitty and friends cuteness! Each and every guest definitely could say hello to their favorite Sanrio character because several characters had special little stations.

My first stop was Keroppi’s Donut Pond. Did you know Keroppi lives with his family on the edge of Donut Pond. Here at the festival, guests could visit and cross over the little bridge to Keroppi’s place, the largest and bluest pond around. I didn’t see any donuts though. Haha

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For foodies like myself, My Melody’s bakery was a must visit. It was filled with the sweet aroma of fresh baked cookies! My Melody is sweeter than sweet and so are the baked goods she makes!

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Another sweet spot was Purin’s house. Just like all of us foodies, Purin is a fan of sweet treats. I caught him in the middle of a nap and dreaming about his mama’s homemade pudding. How funny is it that the Sanrio characters are just like us!

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Badtz-Maru played it cool with his neat car garage! All of us foodies need some transportation to take us to the all restaurants and this penguin will make sure we get a sweet ride to get us there.

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I also made a wish at Little Twin Stars’ Soft Galaxy. My favorite twins Kiki and Lala’s starry starry place is so cute! I wished for more Hello Kitty events for Hello Kitty Foodie to attend!

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Last but not least was Hello Kitty’s house! Hmm I could not help but notice Kitty has a stocked up fridge full of kawaii sweet treats! I wonder when Kitty will invite me over so I can blog about her cooking! 😉

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It was so fun visiting the various places of the characters! I also got to learn more about them in the Sanrio Friendship Forest!

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It was also lots of fun to see them in their supercute Sanrio performances on stage! Hello Kitty and friends sure know how to put on a show. Those Sanrio characters can bust a move ;). Dear Daniel is quite the dancer! Keroppi is a great DJ! I think I should invite them to my next event!!

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Hello Kitty Foodie was full of smiles at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA! I love Hello Kitty and her supercute friends!

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Hello Kitty hugs to you all for reading!!

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For more smiles, please see my recentYelp review on Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA.