• Solana Spaces opens its first physical location in New York City

  • According to a press statement, blockchain network Solana (SOL) has opened its first physical store, Solana Spaces, in New York City, where it will sell cryptocurrency-related products.

    The store will open to the public on July 28 at The Shops, an upmarket mall in Hudson Yard, Manhattan.

    The store has an NFT gallery with the Degenerate Apes Academy Collection on display. It includes an interactive installation that displays all transactions and processes on the Solana blockchain in real time.

    “Spaces is everyone’s first crypto friend,” the tweet announcing its launch reads. “Inside, you’ll learn how Solana works, what Web3 is. We’ll set you up with a wallet and your first NFTs and guide you through your first on-chain transactions.”

    We also designed Spaces to be cultural centers, embassies for Solana. We’ll be an event host, a launchpad, and a purveyor of Solana culture – including a new set of merch, and frequent limited edition collaborations with brands in and outside of crypto.

    Solana Spaces CEO Vibhu Norby noted that the physical store’s main goal is to educate people about cryptocurrency and onboard new recruits. It is “an experiment that we think a lot of people will love,” he added.

    The store features various stations meant to provide crypto fans with unique experiences. There is a private booth where users may set up personal Phantom wallets, as well as many kiosks where people can learn about the various platforms available on Solana, such as STEPN and Magic Eden.

    Visitors to the store can also view a demonstration of the Solana Saga, a cryptocurrency-friendly mobile phone that the blockchain network wants to introduce next year.

    Taylor Locke of Fortune, one of the store’s early reviewers, stated that the store features various branded items “tagged with terms often used in the crypto world like the rallying cry “WAGMI,” as well as “degen,” “not financial advice,” and “probably nothing.”

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