While the Twin Cities scrutinized social media photos to confirm Adele’s visits to Hi-Lo Diner and Mall of America when she was in town in July, one big shopping spree remained under the radar. The evidence, however, has been pinned to a bulletin board in the stock room of Creative Kidstuff: a $225 receipt with a handwritten note in red at the top: “THIS IS WHAT ADELE BOUGHT!”
Indeed, the superstar singer sauntered into the local toy store’s Shops at West End location with her partner, Simon Konecki, their son Angelo, and couple of beefy security guards in tow, around 11 a.m. on July 6, says Creative Kidstuff vice president of marketing Happi Olson, who wasn’t at the store at the time, but has been living vicariously through her colleagues' accounts.
Olson theorized that Adele might have picked the Minneapolis-based toy store after seeing the Creative Kidstuff label on a gift basket Xcel Energy Center presented to young Angelo.
Adele shopped anonymously for about 20 minutes. She was wearing an off-the-shoulder top, jogger bottoms, and no makeup. "They said her skin was amazing,” Olson reports. Other customers didn't notice her, and the longtime sales associate helping Adele had no clue who she was! The assistant director of stores and assistant manager had a hunch, but they couldn’t quite believe it their eyes—until Adele said, “Hello.”
Okay, I made that part up. But it is true that only when they heard the accent, were they certain. They asked the bodyguard if it was possible to get a picture and got an emphatic "no."
And they understood: Adele was in mommy mode. She bought a big bag of items including a couple of Learn to Paint Kits, sketch pads, a toy leaf rake, a money jar, imaginative play hair styling sets, and a fedora that Olson says Angelo went crazy for. Originally $9.99, it was 50 percent off. The Grammy winner is a smart shopper, too.