Vibhu Norby, the CEO of Solana Spaces, said that the new physical Solana stores will introduce up to 100,000 people per month to the Solana ecosystem while also signaling plans to open a virtual storefront in the near future.
It has been reported that utilizing a grant from the Solana Foundation, the first Solana Spaces shop opened in the swanky Hudson Yards New York shopping center on Thursday. Addressing the community in an impromptu Twitter AMA on launch day, Norby explained the store is meant to teach new users about how to use decentralized applications (DApps) and noted that it would be introducing thousands of people into the Solana blockchain.
“I don’t think people realize this but we’re going to bring 50 to 100,000 people into Solana every month through these stores — and that’s just this year.”
Norby added the shop had 400 visitors, hinting also that new United States-based physical stores were in the works, and that “the store was designed for people who are brand new to blockchain.” Solana is home to over a thousand DApps, ranging from trading platforms, gaming and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to social media.
Thus, while it is technically a store that sells a limited series of Solana-based merchandise, it mainly serves as a retail-as-a-service tutorial hub where new users receive free instructional sessions on how to set up a crypto wallet and connect to various DApps.