Know what’s not fun? Taking a too-early red-eye to the East Coast for a connecting flight. Rob and I are experiencing that specific sort of hell right now (said connecting flight is delayed), and so we’ve been wandering around Terminal 5 like vagabonds, trying to keep ourselves awake so as not to miss final boarding for the quick little trip to Portland, Maine. In our wanders, we rummaged through Muji at 5:15AM, before we came across a different sort of kiosk, which I’ve somehow never seen before (looks like there are a handful scattered across U.S. airports and Vegas hotels).
It’s called U*Tique, and it’s actually loaded down with things I actually wanted to buy. Gold Bucky balls, Maptote cosmetic pouches, Vanessa Mooney jewelry, Baggus (ahem, I know, we’re addicted), and the cutest little travel electronic toothbrush. And there are games galore, for aforementioned boredom. It all kind of begs the qusetion: WHY ISN’T AIRPORT SHOPPING BETTER? I mean, they essentially have malls in Europe, but here, you’re lucky if you can find a Hudson News that stocks toothpaste. Captive, bored audience that apparently has enough disposable income to book a flight in this day and edge? Seems like an easy win.
clockwise, l-r: SLIM SONIC TOOTHBRUSH AND MARVIS TOOTHPASTE, $21.00, U*Tique; BKR BOTTLE IN JULEP, $38.00, U*Tique; BLACK AND WHITE STRIPE NAIL ROCKS, $9.00, U*Tique; PANTONE CONTACT LENS CASE, $6.00, U*Tique; MAPTOTE COSMETIC POUCH, $16.00, U*Tique; BON BON ELEPHANT JELLYCAT, $19.00, U*Tique.