Friday, June 28, 2013

KISS 'Pop-Up' Store Profits Benefit Surrey Facility For Kids

Surrey-based Sophie's Place will benefit from profits made at a KISS Army Depot "pop-up" store when it opens in Vancouver this Friday, June 28.

The shop will be filled with KISS-related merchandise for little more than a week - until July 7 - as a satellite operation at Tom Lee Music, 929 Granville St.

Just 200 wristband-wearing fans will get to attend an in-store appearance by KISS band members next Thursday as they launch their "Monster" tour of Canada, which includes a Saturday, July 6 concert at Rogers Arena. The fan "check in" time at the store is 10 a.m. July 4.

I'm told Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will be at the noon press conference due to the city's connection with Sophie's Place, a facility for kids who have been physically, mentally or sexually abused.

The centre, located at The Centre for Child Development in Surrey, is named after Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of KISS bassist Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.

KISS Army Depot pop-up stores are also due open next month in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.