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11/4/2017 General
Coastal Grand Mall to Host a Sensory-Friendly Holiday Shopping Experience

For Immediate Release

November 4, 2017

Media Contact:
Tori Dean, Marketing Director
CBL Properties - Coastal Grand Mall
Direct: (843) 353-5656| Cell: (859) 494-1833

Coastal Grand Mall to Host a Sensory-Friendly Holiday Shopping Experience
For Families Affected by Autism

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Coastal Grand Mall is teaming up with Autism Speaks, Champion Autism Network, Cherry Hill Programs, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host an exclusive sensory-friendly shopping and Santa event for families with special needs and family members on the autism spectrum. On Sunday, December 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Coastal Grand Mall will open to families impacted by autism so they may enjoy shopping in a calm, low-sensory atmosphere. This is one of only a handful of such events in the country and the first in the region. This is a great opportunity for families to visit and capture keepsake photo memories with Santa and experience the fun of Christmas shopping!

Sensory triggers such as music and lights will be muted, and mall traffic will be greatly reduced. Families who want to visit with Santa will be given a number when they arrive. Then they can enjoy coloring at a nearby table or shopping until it's their turn to visit with Santa individually in a private setting.

“We hope this event will bring smiles and holiday magic for many families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to shop and visit with Santa this season,” said Tori Dean, Marketing Director at the Coastal Grand Mall. “To date, we have more than 40 businesses participating in this event, and we hope to add more in the next few weeks.”

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The Mission of the Champion Autism Network:
Creating environments where families impacted by autism feel supported and without judgement. Educating businesses and the public-at-large about the needs and challenges of families dealing with autism. Make Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area THE autism friendly destination.

About the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce:
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island, Socastee, and Carolina Forest. For more information, visit