Well, maybe we should say - THANK YOU WORLD seeing how many of you guys came from around it to come to the Grand Opening of our first retail store in Chicago! Friday was a monumental day for all of us at Threadless. So many people worked so hard to see the Grand Opening of the store, it was amazing to breathe a collective sigh of relief that the day had finally come.
The day started out with opening the doors at 11:00am and letting in the droves of people waiting outside. The store was decorated with Threadless colored balloons, Threadless colored M&Ms, and the smiling faces of about 30 Threadless employees who all came over to see the store open.
Later on, it was over to the famous Chicago music venue The Metro to see not one but TWO shows to celebrate the store's Grand Opening. People started lining up for the show at around 1:30pm, which was totally amazing. By 5:00pm the line went down the block, rounded a corner, then went all the way down another block. The doors opened at 6:00pm, and everyone rushed in for the show to start at 6:30pm. The first show was absolutely amazing. Almost 1000 people filled The Metro to see Freer, Anathallo, and Hey Mercedes. Marcus Monroe was a really fun host - especially when he was juggling knives while riding a 6' unicycle. All the bands completely rocked it, and we forget how much of a rock star our own Bob Nanna is sometimes. It really was an amazing evening... and that wasn't even all of it!
Everyone filed out of The Metro around 10:00 to get back in line to re-enter for the late show to see The Assembly, White Hot Knife, and Office along with DJ Bald Eagle. By the end of The Assembly's set, there were almost 700 people back in The Metro! Amazing. All the bands for the late show were spectacular. The only way you didn't leave that night as fans of the bands you saw is if you weren't paying attention!
We want to sincerely thank every single person who came out to celebrate the Grand Opening with us. Thank you to everyone who helped us open our store: our amazing staff, Joel our architect and his team and Tony our contractor and his team. Thank you to Stacey, Rochelle, Arel and all the staff at The Metro for helping make both shows run flawlessly. Also, a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE thank you to the 42 members of The Black Rock who created this totally ridiculously amazing poster for us. Wow. Just, wow.
So, thank you, thank you, thank you all! We love all you guys! Hope to see you all again really soon!!!