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StormSister + StyledLife = travel?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Spotted StormSister Spatique owner Becky Sturm standing beside a display table at StyledLife at the Galleria and needed to know more. Seems the St. Paul beauty boutique is partnering with the Minneapolis accessories store. Sturm was presenting her stylish Timothy Han candles as part of a new StyledLife travel collection that also includes men's shades and luggage. Sturm hinted that there's more to come – from both retailers.  

Galleria expansions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Bumped into Galleria execs doing a bit of pre-shopping at StyledLife on Tuesday. They were gushing over the hats, the bags, the jewels and I must admit, so was I. The store opens Thursday (right across from Tiffany’s), and it’s a sure hit. Saw many pieces I wish I could afford – a spectacular $500 jeweled flower bracelet Carrie Bradshaw would have forfited her rent check for, some grommeted brown leather bags at the same price point. But I was pleased to see that owner Kevin Quinn is sensitive to the current economy. He’s added Hillary Radley (yes, the coat maker) bags – super chic at around $200; some amazing chunky silver necklaces and bracelets for less than $200; a must-have long, drapey sweater for $148 that I want to wear all winter long; and the earring bar, with prices around $40.
It’s no wonder the powers that be at Galleria are celebrating with a bit of shopping, in addition to getting StyledLife (they weren’t the only mall in town to vie for store number two), four expansions are in the works. Oh Baby! will be a traffic nightmare no more when it moves to a sprawling spot across from BCBG next spring, broadens its assortment for infants and toddlers and adds bedroom accessories. Sister store Scandia Down is also moving to the BCBG cooridor with a larger space to showcase its luxury European bed and bath lines. L’Occitane is also doubling its size, as is InVision optical.

An opening at Southdale?!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Almost fell off my chair when I read the press release: there’s a store opening this month at Southdale! Yes, Southdale: mall of a thousand vacancies, mall of lost dreams and forgotten promise. Southdale is getting a Bare Escentuals – creator of bareMinerals, the popular mineral makeup. It’s not the first in town of course – MOA already has one. But unless Sdale pulls off a major – major – turn around, it should get used to seconds.

Fashionista shopping tip

Friday, September 12th, 2008

You don’t have to wait for Macy’s Fall Fashionista Shopping party at Southdale on Thursday, Sept. 18 to grab the deals. Shop ahead – while the store is not advertising it, sales associates in the contemporary department will hold items until the night of the party so you can score a 20 percent discount on labels that rarely go on sale.

Personal shoppers at Anthropologie

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

And as I examined myself in a pair of cropped pants in the fitting room mirror at Anthropologie, I thought, if only I had "a best friend and confidant available…for exceptional support, insight and a little fun."
Talk about your full service specialty chain. Anthropologie is taking a cue from department stores, introducing a free personal shopping service at many locations nationwide, including the 50th and France store. Call for an appointment – I’m told the personal shoppers can assist on both the fashion and home sides of the store, with anything from a wardrobe update to freshening up a room to top-to-bottom makeovers. The press release promises a whole lot, including the personal shopper pledge to "keep a record of clients’ sizes and interests, so they can alert them when something they might like first arrives." Sounds like  the stuff any good retail sales associate should be doing, but at least Anthropologie recognizes the need to enhance service. This is a great opportunity for women who get overwhelmed by Anthropologie’s selection (there’s always more merchandise under the tables), and for women who crave a fresh alternative but always assumed the store was too whimsical or too young (both my mom and I are huge fans, but rarely do we walk out with the same items). Again, like the personal shopping service provided at better department stores, this program is free. You’ve got nothing to lose. Except maybe your old best friend and confidant.

Opening Friday…

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

For those who like to stay on top of the shopping news, Uber Baby – formerly located at 60th and Lyndale – opens at the Galleria this Friday, March 28. It will share a space with the newly remodeled Expecting Uber Baby. (The owners had been planning separate stores across the corridor from each other, but changed their minds when customers said they’d prefer to shop for maternity clothes, diaper bags, dad gear and baby goods in one spot). The new Uber Baby will have a tighter focus on gifts, decor and children’s shoes – nearly two dozen hip lines. If only we could stop their little feet from growing so fast!

Store openings

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Last week, I promised the scoop on Baby Grand’s new store on Mainstreet in Hopkins and I have not forgotten…it’s just taking a bit longer to open than owners had hoped. The new target is this weekend. But call first. Meanwhile, swimwear shop Nani Nalu is frantically preparing for its move from Ridgedale Center to 50th and France on Feb. 1. The new shop promises an expanded selection and a few surprises – check back next week for that story. Then on Feb. 5, the folks behind Expecting Uber Baby will open their Uber Outlet (I’m getting a sneak peek this week, so I’ll let you know what to…expect.) And in March, Uber Baby will open at the Galleria with a new focus on children’s shoes. Then in April, Hot Mama heads west for its latest addition: a Wayzata store.

And we haven’t even hit spring! Lots more shopping news to come – and this is the place to find it first. Wondering about a specific store opening or what will become of a vacant store front in the Twin Cities? Let me know and I’ll try to get you the details.


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