Mall Adds New Tenants To Feed, Decorate, Entertain Customers

Windward Mall spent the summer beefing up its list of merchants. Four stores and kiosks — featuring everything from ice cream to games — opened over the past few weeks, with one new restaurant to debut in the fall.

* Diamond Head Fudge and Dippin’ Dots operate a joint kiosk near Panda Express in the Sports Authority wing. While Dippin’ Dots and its “beads” of ice cream have been around since 1988, confectioner Diamond Head Fudge was established locally four years ago.

* Balloons and Body Art, located at center court, hopes to bring its party staples to the mall. Face painting, balloon-animal making and temporary tattoos are all available, depending on which specialists are manning the kiosk. A staffing schedule is posted online at, and patrons are advised to check the website in advance before making a special trip.

* JYL Jewelry moves from its old location in Castle Professional Center to the mall, next to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant. The shop, which opened in 1998, specializes in custom-designed Hawaiian heirloom jewelry and repair.

* Gott Funn? Educational Play Center for Early Learners, located next to Sears in the old satellite city hall space, focuses on the keiki. The center is equipped with smaller play spaces to promote library skills, buildings, art, math, puzzles, gross motor skills and more. Owner Kimberly Funn has 15 years of teaching experience.

* Pho Factory and Curry Café will open this fall next to HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union. It currently has a location in Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. The dual-concept restaurant specializes in Vietnamese food, as well as both Japanese and Vietnamese curries.

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