February 12, 2008

Rosedale catches up

Rosedale Center has long been a more pleasant, updated place to shop than, say, Southdale. And it's finally getting the stores and amenities that will keep shoppers on the east side of town (watch out, Mall of America!). The mall announced Tuesday that J. Crew, Sephora, White House/Black Market and C.J. Banks will open at Rosedale this spring, along with Rocco Altobelli Salon & Day Spa and Flame, a new restaurant from Hemisphere Restaurant Partners. And of course, Lucy is already there - MOA doesn't have that one!

February 11, 2008

Macy's: Can it get any worse?

Clearly, Twin Cities shoppers have strong opinions about Macy's. So now that you've had a few days to process the news that Macy's North - the division based here in Minneapolis - is being eliminated, what do you think? Can shopping at the department store get any worse? Hard to see how this move is going to help with the kinds of gripes we frequently chat about here - lack of adequate (and informed) staffing, lack of interesting merchandise and so on. So what do you think? The message local execs had been pushing in the face of constant complaints was that they were like us - they lived here, they remembered the glory days of Dayton's and they were t