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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. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved