|Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 5:53 pm: || |
Has anyone noticed that in the vestibule at the Conservatory, there is a display case on the wall showing t-shirts being advertised for $20 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Conservatory? I never knew it was there, my brother noticed it on Saturday after we'd visited the aquarium. Does anyone know why there aren't t-shirts being sold to commemorate the AQUARIUM's 100th anniversary? I couldn't find out anything on Saturday because no one was at the conservatory to buy the shirts from and the aquarium clerk didn't know anything about it either but he pointed me to the security guard who said the shirts are sold only during the week (?) and that I'd have to ask someone across the street at the nursery to see if I could buy them. But I couldn't find out anything about whether there were any shirts or other souvenirs available from the aquarium. It would have done huge business if things with the aquarium's name/picture on it were available to the public and I'm sure would have generated great revenue. When I was a child, I remember a display case under the cash register at the aquarium that sold souvenirs. I still have a change purse somewhere shaped like a red fish that I bought there as a kid. Wish I could find it now.
|Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 3:54 pm: || |
Are the aquarium and the conservatory run by the same entity? If not, that could explain the "disconnect" with the shirts. On the other hand, if they are run by the same entity, then it's a case of lack of communicationand/or coordination. :0
|Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 6:13 pm: || |
The conservatory is run by the Parks and Rec dept.(?) Go figure. That is what a staff member told me last week during a visit.
|Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 6:49 pm: || |
They are run by separate entities, which has a lot to do with why the Aquarium is closing and the Conservatory is still open.
I think the T-shirts are sold by the Botanical Society, though, not Recreation, which explains the difficulty of tracking one down. I'm not sure if Recreation has anything for sale anywhere on the island this time of year (no cashier - no sales of anything)
Would any of the local businesses be willing to carry them? Starbucks? Big Boy? The gift shop at Pewabic Pottery? There used to be a store in the Fisher Building that carried Detroit items. Frankly, even if the vendor gets a chunk of the profit, it's still good PR.
|Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 11:11 pm: || |
Hello. You may purchase Save the Belle Isle Aquarium T-shirts from the home page of our website. There are two versions. Bear in mind they run large. I keep wearing mine to the aquarium while I'm handing out flyers and greeting people, however, under a coat, a sweater and a shirt, they aren't so visible. Nevertheless, they are available. It is unfortunate that the Conservatory and the Aquarium have not behaved more like the sisters that they are.
|Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 10:34 pm: || |
You may purchase Save Belle Ise Aquarium T-Shirts at the Aquarium. They are $10. Wear it proudly!
|Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 6:03 pm: || |
FOBIA member Diana (I forgot her last name) emailed me saying the zoo sold shirts for the aquarium last year during the anniversary celebration but they weren't commerative ones but did have the aquarium logo on it. Either way, the zoo never bothered to make more after those sold out. What a bummer! They could have been brought directly to the aquarium and made a MINT now that crowds are actually showing up. Even the clerk told me lots of folks have been asking for any souvenirs they could buy to help the aquarium's revenue. That's more proof that the zoo has been a neglectful parent.
Diana R. Dubbeld (Diana)
|Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 11:27 pm: || |
I'm in the process of designing a 100 year celebration shirt that people can buy with the fromt archway of the aquarium on it.