St. John’s ladies enjoy VIP status at Maasmechelen Village Outlet

picThe St. John’s Welcome committee hosted an exciting shopping trip to Maasmechelen last Friday.  Maasmechelen is an outlet village in northern Belgium hosting a wide variety of shops and over 90 brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Nike, Versace, Ugg and Dolce and Gabbana.  Our group had VIP status and was treated like royalty.  The Village sent a luxury coach that drove us to and from the mall!

The morning started in the VIP room with champagne breakfast, where each shopper received a goodie-bag that contained a small gift, coupons and a special discount bracelet.  We power-shopped, finding wonderful quality items at great prices.  After shopping, we were treated to a delicious Italian luncheon that included wine, coffee and dessert.

With bags in hand, we boarded the bus at the end of the day, swapping bargain stories and revealing our treasures to one another.  Food, fun, friendship and shopping: what a great way to spend a day!  A special thanks goes to the Welcome Committee for organizing a great trip for all STJ parents.  For more information on future outings, contact Ericka Gibson at or

By Ruth Graves, St. John’s parent