Phones have been ringing off the hook today at Macy’s Minneapolis Oval Room – since Channel 5 morning anchor Vineeta Sawkar got a little carried away reading my article in today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press on Macy’s retiring Santabear after this holiday season. Sawkar said something to the effect of "First the Oval Room, now Santabear." She probably meant it more generally, like, the Oval Room has gone down hill since Macy’s took over, but viewers apparently took her very literally and immediately started calling the store to find out if the Oval Room is kaput. It is not. In fact, Macy’s announced yesterday it is adding two new Oval Room lines, CNC by Costume National and Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto. My guess: The callers were most interested in snagging some designer deals.

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