In anticipation of International Women’s Day, Entrepreneur Shalini Bajaj Vij receives prestigious accolades

HANG OUT seamlessly integrates three brands – Neon, HANG OUT Kids, and 1776 Pizzeria at Select Citywalk Saket, New Delhi & Avon City Mall, Ludhiana

New Delhi (India), March 6: Anticipating International Women’s Day, Shalini Bajaj Vij, Founder Director of Hang Out and Neon by Hang Out, has garnered prestigious awards for her exceptional contributions to family entertainment. The recent ceremonies in Mumbai and Chandigarh, hosted by Hindustan Times and IAAPI National Awards of Excellence 2023-2024, celebrated achievements across diverse backgrounds, recognizing individuals passionate about success and growth.

In the presence of India’s top retail leaders, Shalini Bajaj Vij, also Director & Curator of Neon by Hang Out in Delhi and Ludhiana, received awards for “Most Innovative Rides” from IAAPI and “Popular Entertainment and Food Parlour” from HT City Hall of Fame, along with the Women Retail Icon of the Year by Images Group.

HANG OUT, a pioneering name in Children’s Entertainment since 2010, founded by Shalini Bajaj Vij, has dedicated the past decade to providing outstanding entertainment experiences for children and families. NEON, a vision by Co-Director Sahil Vij, offers the latest in entertainment technology, creating a comprehensive Family Entertainment Center for Generation Next.

Situated on the 3rd floor of Select Citywalk Saket & Avon City Mall, Ludhiana, HANG OUT seamlessly integrates three brands – Neon, HANG OUT Kids, and 1776 Pizzeria – under one roof. This unique approach aims to bridge the age difference gap among siblings, providing families with a vibrant venue for celebrations, play, dining, and quality time together.

Expressing gratitude, Shalini Bajaj Vij dedicated the HT City Hall of Fame and IAAPI awards to her late father, Mr. Om Prakash Bajaj, her true visionary, icon, mentor, and pillar of strength. She belongs to a business family, inspired by her father, the founder Director of Metal Forgings, M.F. Group of Industries.

With a background in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, USA, Shalini holds over 30 years of experience in Retail & Amusement Industry, having worked for US-based companies like Caldor, Discovery Zone, Things Remembered, and Rainbow Shops. She has revolutionized the concept of entertainment in India with Hangout, blending technology-driven experiences with contemporary entertainment.

Shalini’s detailed understanding of children’s entertainment needs, coupled with her studies in Child Psychology, has contributed significantly to the Entertainment Industry. She promotes Edutainment, Playtime, and quality family time, shaping the concept of Hangout to be a one-stop shop for complete amusement.

As an entrepreneur returning from the U.S. with IAAPA membership and years of retail & amusement industry experience, Shalini recognized the need for a complete entertainment center for families. Raising her own children fueled her drive to create Hangout, offering a holistic amusement experience. Describing being a woman entrepreneur in one word as “Shakti,” Shalini emphasizes the balance of feminine and masculine energies within each individual. Her message to women entrepreneurs encourages gratitude, embracing learning experiences, and infusing empathy and kindness into entrepreneurship.

Her insights on the evolving nature of entrepreneurship, the importance of passion and intention, and the need for confidence and drive reflect a well-rounded understanding of the challenges and rewards of being a female entrepreneur. Recognizing women’s ability to multitask and balance family and career, Shalini’s achievements and message serve as an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women, encouraging them to embrace challenges and infuse kindness into their entrepreneurial journey.

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