Solana Spaces was founded in 2022 and is based in San Francisco. Spaces, created in collaboration with The Solana Foundation, which funded and incubated the store, introduces an immersive consumer experience for Web3, specifically the Solana blockchain and its ecosystem. The founding team is a group of retail designers and engineers who also founded b8ta, the innovative and award-winning electronics retailer.
In this space, visitors will find a variety of programming tutorials and experiences for new entrants to the crypto-tech industry, often offering unique rewards for their participation. Experiences highlighted at launch include the following:
- Onboarding users with Phantom Wallet, Solana’s largest self-service wallet app
- Digital tutorials in partnership with Orca, STEPN, Pay SolanaMetaplex and Magic Eden
- Solana Saga, Solana’s Flagship Web3 Mobile Phone, Customers Can Preview In Person
- Interactive art installation that features a data visualization of what is happening on the Solana Blockchain in real time
- Solana 101, an educational presentation on Solana’s technology
- NFT gallery and limited edition products with new collections every month, starting with Degenerate Ape Academy, one of the most iconic NFT collections on the Solana blockchain
- Full retail store with exclusive merchandise and NFT collectible drops
“Solana has the most active and fastest growing developer ecosystem in Web3 today, as evidenced in part by its large number of daily active users. Even with that in mind, we won’t rest until not everyone will be integrated into space,” said Vibhu NorbyCEO of Solana Spaces. “We’ve collaborated with some of Solana’s top projects and creators to craft an open and accessible introduction to crypto-technology. It’s an experience we think many people will love.” According to data provided by CoinMarketCap, in May 2022the number of daily active wallets on Solana was 37Magainst an average of 20M in the first quarter of 2022.
“Solana Spaces creates a truly immersive experience that will help people experience Web3 in a fun and interactive way,” said Brandon MillmanCEO and co-founder of Phantom. “Education and discovery is a completely different in-person experience. We’re thrilled to be Solana Spaces’ Featured Portfolio Partner and look forward to welcoming so many people into the crypto ecosystem.”
Solana Spaces also plans to feature a list of new products and brand collaborations that will be updated frequently. During opening week, the site will feature a limited-edition physical and digital shoe designed in collaboration with Blanksoles, as well as NETGEAR’s Meural Digital Canvas allowing users to connect their Phantom Wallet to project their own Solana NFTs onto the screen.
All store merchandise can be purchased by credit card. However, buyers who choose to use Pay Solana, Solana Laboratories instant payments product, receive deep discounts and special merchandise like branded bags. Solana Spaces is open to the public daily in The Shops at Hudson Yards Monday through Saturday at 10am-8pm and Sunday at 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
About Solana Spaces
Solana Spaces is a collection of retail locations that provide an immersive educational experience for people interested in the Solana blockchain and web3. Spaces is a collaboration with the Solana Foundation, which funded and helped incubate the store. The founding team is a group of retail designers and engineers who also founded b8ta, the innovative and award-winning electronics retailer. Spaces was born in 2022 and is based in San Francisco.
M Group Strategic Communications (on behalf of Solana Laboratories and the Solana Foundation)
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