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Posts Tagged ‘downtown Minneapolis’

Uber Baby Pop Up

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
As sure as end of the season clearance sales, Uber Baby will rise again. A few months after closing its Shops at West End boutique, the little retailer that could is back in business in downtown Minneapolis. The Uber Baby Lifestyles Pop Up Shop is now open in the skyway of 601 Marquette (the former office of Esbee Public Relations). Baby and children’s apparel, shoes, onesies, gifts and more are all 70 to 90 percent off retail prices. That includes designer brands sold at Uber Baby’s old West End store as well as private label merchandise. New merchandise arriving weekly. Open weekdays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., through Dec. 21.

Gaviidae Market returns for holiday

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis is bringing back its Gaviidae Market for the holidays for the second year in a row. The indoor farmer’s market/art festival-style event is designed to highlight local options from gourmet foods to jewelry, pottery, apparel and more. Watch for it Thursdays, Nov. 11 through Dec. 23. Small businesses and artisans looking for a way to connect with shoppers during the critical holiday season can still apply to be part of the market. Click here for details.

Len Druskin invests in downtown

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

At a time when Gaviidae Common seems to be losing stores faster than it is gaining (StyledLife, Drama, Jessica McClintock…), Len Druskinis becoming a hero: with Len Druskin Manperforming well, according to CEO Michael Druskin, the company has decided to give customers what they've been asking for: Len Druskin woman. Except the family thought that sounded a little cheesy, so the women's shop will be called LD Len Druskin (dad's going to have to add a few initials to his name if this keeps up). The shop will be similar to the women's selection at the original Galleria store, but with a downtown focus. It is scheduled to open in a separate storefront at Gaviidae by the second week of October (if it flies, look for men's and women's to merge down the road). Meanwhile, a second Len Druskin Outlet will open next door at City Center in downtown Minneapolis later in October.

Downtown shopping part 2

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Started talking about downtown Minneapolis shopping on the radio Saturday, but had to cut the conversation short. Ruth emailed because she wanted to add this to the discussion:
"Just heard you talking about what stops people from shopping downtown
and wanted to pass along my experience this week. My mom and 98 yr old
grandma LOVE to shop so we go out every Thursday somewhere. Last week
it was raining so my mom wanted to hit a mall but I suggested downtown
Mpls. We parked in a ramp and never went outside. Did all the big
stores and they both loved it. My mom said "I forget how nice it is
down here," As Minnesotans we get into a routine and its hard to get
out of our comfort zone. Malls are easy. Downtown is not as easy until
you learn your way around a little."
So is it skyways, or just some sort of general intimidation – rather than parking – that is the problem? Love to hear your thoughts.

Downtown shopping dilemmas

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Independent local retailers gathered at Gaviidae Common Monday as part of Boutique Week to discuss the state of shopping in downtown Minneapolis. The whole objective of Boutique Week is to emphasize the unique stores in Gaviidae, and I have to say, the management of that center really deserves credit for turning things around: going after interesting, unique stores and doing a lot to promote them. While more is needed, there are finally enough shops between Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus to make a trip to Gaviidae worthwhile: Drama keeps improving, there’s Len Druskin Man, StyledLife, Pacifier, FinnStyle, JV & Company and the list goes on. So what prevents people from visiting? Is it simply that they don’t realize there is shopping on Nicollet Mall, even after Crate & Barrel, Marshall Field’s and Ralph Lauren? Perhaps. But the bi issue that came up again and again in an hour long panel discussion that I moderated: parking. Minnesotans don’t want to pay to park – at least not for shopping. Or so it seems. To find out once and for all, Gaviidae plans to offer free parking during the holiday season – yes, that’s a scoop and no, there won’t be any strings attached. By doing so, they hope to determine if free parking is what it will take to bring shoppers back downtown, or if it’s going to take more (Barney’s?! A/X Armani Exchange?!) than that.

StyledLife meets suburbia

Friday, September 12th, 2008

While it would be lovely to think good, unique stores would attract shoppers to downtown Minneapolis, the reality in this town is something (depressingly) different. There are a whole lotta people with money to spend who simply don’t go downtown. And so, Kevin Quinn has decided to bring his successful Gaviidae Common accessories boutique StyledLife to them. It’s a decision I know he’s been contemplating for quite a long time and now that he’s made the commitment, he’s having some fun with it. We have to guess where he’s going. A new clue will be revealed each Friday for the next five weeks leading up to the store opening in October. If you want to play along, go to Guesses, anyone?

A reason to shop downtown

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Stepping into the new J.B. Hudson store on opening day Tuesday, I felt like I’d been transported to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue – and that’s saying a lot for Nicollet Mall, which recently weathered the closing of Crate & Barrel and just can’t seem to find the shopping groove you’d expect in a respectable downtown. The jewelry store has a big city, luxurious feel that is desperately lacking in downtown Minneapolis shopping. Let’s hope this is the beginning of more good shopping to come. While I like convenient suburban parking as much as the next shopper, there’s just no substitute for a stately downtown presence. Read more about J.B. Hudson on | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved