by Cathy Droz, Founder – HER Certified
HARRODS and LEXUS IS350: Sophistication Inside and Out
While spending four days in London during a trip to the British Isles recently I was able to see many historic sights. Many of these famous sites share qualities with the beautiful and interesting cars I test drive. Harrods Department Store, for example, was elegant, sophisticated and beautiful both inside and out… just like the 2016 Lexus IS350 Sedan. I could only afford a Christmas decoration at Harrods, but the 2016 Lexus IS350 sedan is affordable globally.
Whether you have visited London before or not, you must have heard about Harrods, a shopper’s paradise. Harrods department store occupies more than 1 million square feet of selling space, making it the greatest store in all of Europe. Fascinating to Londoners and tourists alike, Harrods has made London a premiere shopping destination. I have compiled a list of fun facts about this popular department store, in case your knowledge of this icon is rather slim. But, before revealing the fun facts, here are some of the quick details of Harrods.
The Building – Did you know that the well-known Harrods department store is a property of Qatar Investment Authority? The building was sold for £1.5 billion by Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (his son was engaged to Lady Diana at the time of their deadly car crash) in a deal signed on 8th May, 2010. It is the city’s most popular tourist spot when it comes to shopping. The building occupies a 5-acre land parcel and boasts seven floors comprising 1,000,000 square feet!
Little-Known Harrods Fun Facts:
• In 1927, the managing directors of Selfridges and Harrods made a bet as to which store would make more profit that year. Gordon Selfridge lost the bet and gifted Harrods a silver replica of itself. This silver replica is on display at the shop’s lower ground floor.
• Harrods has been criticized as “deeply sexist” for making female staff apply six layers of makeup always without necessitating this to male staff. Also controversial, it is the only department store in the UK that has continued to sell real animal fur dresses.
• The store also boasts a Pet Shop that is home to a number of animals. A cobra was used to protect a pair of sandals with a price of £62,000 because of its diamonds and other precious stones. Noel Coward, an English director, actor and singer, was a regular customer of this pet shop, even purchasing an alligator one Christmas.
• The tag line of this store is Omnia Omnibus Ubique which means “All Things for All People, Everywhere”. People who visit this store surely have a wonderful shopping experience, whether they want to buy souvenirs, wish to check the latest clothing trends, or shop for the Christmas Season.
The 2016 Lexus IS350 Sedan Facts:
• 3.5 liter V6 24-Valve, dual overhead cam
• 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
• Drive Mode Select: ECO, Normal, Sport and Snow
• Dual Chrome Exhaust
• Airbags – 10 total, including knee and side
• Lexus Enform Safety Connect
• Driver Seat Heated – 10 way power
• Folding Rear seats 60/40 split
• Navigation with Real Time traffic and weather
Extras on my Lexus test model that I especially liked:
• F Sport Package
• Mark Levinson Audio System
For more on the IS 350 or other Lexus models go to www.lexus.com.
MSRP – Starting at $36,000
Vehicle tested – $49,205
MPG – 19 City 28 Highway