Christmas has come early to Odel, and Colombo’s iconic department store has this year been decorated to resemble a grand palace, giving Colombo’s shoppers to shop in an atmosphere of palatial elegance.
The colonial era building has undergone a make-over both inside and outside to match the chosen theme for this Christmas season – ‘Picture of Elegance’ offering the people an oasis of style and grace reminiscent of a bygone era. Grand chandeliers dangle from the ceilings, striking silver and gold patterned wall paper on the walls and ornate picture frames embellish the displays.
“We wanted to give shoppers an extra-special experience this Christmas,” said Otara Gunewardene, Odel’s founder and CEO. “Shopping during the festive season can be a hassle, and we know that our customers have their share of pressures and stress. Here, for at least one brief, shining moment, they can step out of the mundane and into a world of elegance and style.”
“Odel has become much more than a location for shopping,’ she noted. ‘People come here to meet friends and relax over a snack or a glass of wine, to have fun browsing, or simply to take a break from the hectic world outside.”
With this in mind, Odel has made arrangements for a choir, opera singers and a jazz ensemble to entertain visitors throughout the Christmas season. The popular store Santa Claus is back with gifts for children and a huge range of Christmas theme gift items in silver and gold, the latest high street fashion and accessories, food, beverages, gift wraps and trinkets that make up a shopping list at Christmas have already been brought in from all parts of the world.