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Galleria Nabs a New Salon

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Galleria has signed a deal with a local salon to replace Rocco Altobelli. Lili Salon Spa will offer cuts, color, nail and waxing services and skin care. It’s a niche the Edina center could not go without, especially for guests at the adjacent Westin Hotel.

Lili will open in late spring in a 5,000 square foot space. That’s smaller than the Rocco salon, which Galleria vice president and general manager Jill Noack says has not yet been leased. The Rocco nail salon on the lower level is also up for grabs. (Meanwhile, Rocco is opening a new salon/spa a block away.)

Galleria will be the third location for William & Friends, whose salons include Lili Salon Spa/Minnetonka and Tonic Barbers, opening soon in Minnetonka.

The announcement comes amid a flurry of changes at the usually stable center. Schmitt Music, Que Sera and Pea in the Pod are leaving, while Ohio-based furniture chain Arhaus and national shoe retailer Marmi are coming in. Several current retailers are moving within the mall.

“This is unusual,” Noack says. “We just had several things come to a head. So much planning always goes into this. I first talked to Marmi 10 years ago.”

Noack is known to be extremely choosy about Galleria’s tenants and has a long track record of making decisions that add to the center’s appeal.

Marmi, she says, hits a lower price point than designer shoe store Pumpz & Co., and complements the dugo and Chico’s customer. “You can never have enough women’s footwear, and we were light there.”

The Galleria was not light on furniture, with Gabberts, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, but Noack believes the popular Arhaus rounds out the mix. No doubt, there’s also a defensive element to the move. “There’s the old adage, you either fight ‘em or join ‘em,” Noack says. “If they’re going to be in Edina on France Avenue, I’d rather have them all under my roof so the customer doesn’t need to go anywhere else.”

All the shuffling still leaves Galleria with a few holes to fill—notably, the large Smith & Hawken space in the center of the mall. Rest assured, Noack has candidates in mind, and in talks. More options for the 25 to 34-year-old customer who shops at BCBG is a priority for Noack.  “We don’t want her waiting until she’s her mother’s age to shop at Galleria.”

Another Galleria Exit…

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Just hours after Galleria issued a press release Monday about new stores, some shuffling within the mall and a few exits, Rocco Altobelli Salons took to Facebook with an announcement of its own–curiously absent from the official list:

“Yes the rumors are true: After 37 years of being a fixture in the Gallera mall, Rocco, Dianne and Nino have taken the option of not renewing their lease…We are moving!”

The Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spa is slated to open in April just a block south of Galleria at 3509 Hazelton Road. Features will include a color bar, a computer bar with WiFi, a nail drying bar, and space for larger groups. Plus parking right outside the door.

It was definitely time. Rocco Altobelli is an institution, but as they in the beauty biz know all to well, even institutions need an occasional makeover. And after all these years of nail services being in a separate space on the lower level of Galleria, it will be nice to bring that piece of the business into one brand new salon.

New Tenants for Galleria

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Whenever it’s quiet at the Galleria in Edina, you know something is brewing. The Twin Cities most upscale center masterfully keeps itself fresh. Today , Galleria announced several moves and arrivals, the largest of which furthers the center’s reputation for fine furnishings:

Furniture retailer Arhaus is opening a 15,000-square-foot store that will anchor the east end of the Galleria. The 25-year-old retailer produces many of its own designs. The look is updated traditional, with global influences. It should appeal to the customer that appreciates Gabberts, but can’t quite afford it. This is the first Arhaus store in Minnesota. Its arrival also signals a departure: original Galleria tenant Schmitt Music is moving to Richfield. Next door,  Cole Haan plans to build a new store at the west end of the center. Arhaus is scheduled to open in the fall.

Marmi, specializing in European footwear and accessories, will open its first Minnesota store at the Galleria this summer.

Allure Intimate Apparel, which has boutiques on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and Main Street in Maple Grove, plans to make Galleria its Twin Cities flagship with a new store next door to StyledLife. The locally owned retailer sells innerwear and loungewear by LeMystere, Chantelle and others.

Other moves: Papyrus is moving next door to Tiffany & Co. Hammer Made is doubling its size with a new storefront due to open in April. Bang & Olufsen is creating a new showroom for its high-end electronics on the lower level of the center.

More departures: A Pea in the Pod is closing (likely due to the opening this week of Destination Maternity, its parent brand, at Mall of America). Que Sera is also leaving Galleria for Excelsior this month, as previously reported here.

New: Pure Jill Fit

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Everybody’s getting sporty–including J. Jill, which is touting a new fitness inspired line, Pure Jill Fit. Intended for running, and running around, the line includes stretch yoga pants and tank tops, casual fleece and cotton tees, all in J. Jill’s easy style. The line has been introduced at just a handful of stores nationwide, including J.Jill at the Galleria in Edina. Through Monday, Jan. 16, get 15 percent off Pure Jill Fit purchases in store or online.

Que Sera is Moving

Monday, January 9th, 2012

After 14 years at the Galleria in Edina, Que Sera is moving to downtown Excelsior. It’s not a move away from the Galleria as much as it is a move to Lake Minnetonka, which is home to owners Mary and Tom Lauer. Their successful Oh Baby! store will remain at Galleria, with an expanded design center.

“We’ve been looking at Excelsior for a long time,” said Chief Financial Officer Tom Lauer. “Excelsior hasn’t always had its retail act together, but it’s getting better and better all the time.”

Que Sera is taking over the Cynthia Rae storefront on Water Street. This is not the Lauers’ first lakeside storefront: They used to have an Oh Baby! store, which became an outlet, in downtown Wayzata. Rennovation is currently underway at 244 Water Street in Excelsior: the floor is being replaced with reclaimed hardwood, the tin ceiling is being refreshed, and the original brick walls will be revealed. The overall look, like the merchandise, will reflect designer Mary Lauer’s aesthetic: comfy, organic, handmade and luxurious. In Excelsior, Que Sera will continue to sell impulse items: jewelry, pillows, small accessories. But there will be more emphasis on design, and more space for larger pieces and textiles. Que Sera offers complete interior design services and handmakes much of the merchandise it sells, from window covers to furniture.

“I think the customers are here,” Tom Lauer said. “They just need a place to go.”

A floor sample sale is on now at the Galleria store–save 30 to 70 percent on all in-stock lighting and furniture through Jan. 28. Que Sera will re-open at 244 Water Street in Excelsior in early February. And–sorry, can’t resist–whatever will be, will be.

How Retailers Are Making It Work

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I hear the unemployment numbers, feel the stock market swing and see the Wall Street protesters. Then I go to the mall and can’t help but think, “What recession?” Clearly, retailers have suffered these past few years. Some more than others. I talk to some that feel like they’re hanging on by a string. Others count their blessings because business is actually quite strong. Usually they tell me in a whisper, as if saying it out loud could somehow jinx the recovery.

Tuesday evening, Galleria retailers will be speaking out loud, and you are invited. Fashion Group International Minneapolis & St. Paul hosts “Lifestyle in this Economy,” a panel discussion featuring representatives from local boutiques dugo, Hammer Made, Three Rooms and Rocco Altobelli salon and day spa. With yours truly moderating. We’ll discuss how customer habits and attitudes have changed, how retailers have had to change and the outlook this holiday season and beyond. The event is free and should be interesting, whether you’re a business owner, a shopper, or both. Join us at dugo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (discussion starts at 7).

Fashion’s Night Out

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Candy in my pockets; girlfriends at my side. What more could you ask for on Fashion’s Night Out? More retailers could take a cue from Kevin Quinn at StyledLife. He knows how to make a shopping party an actual party. All it takes is great music, bubbly, beauty makeovers, and a couple of drag queens greeting guests with York Peppermint Patties.

So often, stores judge the success of an event by the cash register. You can’t blame them – they are, after all, in business to make money. But Quinn has a knack for seeing the bigger picture. Make your store a fun place to be tonight, and shoppers will want to come back tomorrow. When they do, Quinn and his enthusiastic staff will be there with the must-have bag, a fabulous earring, and a scarf that completes any outfit.

StyledLife’s neighbors at the Galleria in Edina may not be quite as loud, but many partied in their own refined way tonight, with designer trunk shows and refreshments. As a result, Galleria was buzzing well past its usual bedtime.

Oh Baby! Outlet Closing

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Oh no! Oh Baby! Outlet in Wayzata is closing. Saturday, Aug. 27 will be the final day to shop discounted luxury goods for children.

It ends the local retailer’s 10-year presence at 743 E. Lake St. in Wayzata. Originally, the Wayzata store was a second full-price Oh Baby! boutique. But when the flagship store at Galleria nearly quadrupled its size a couple of years ago, they turned the Wayzata location into an outlet.

The concept – 50 to 75 percent of high end clothes and nursery furnishings – was a good one, but Oh Baby! Chief Financial Officer Tom Lauer says the location just didn’t get enough traffic or draw the Galleria shopper. So when the lease was up, they did not renew.

In all likelihood, we haven’t seen the last of the deals from Oh Baby! The company maintains a warehouse in Edina that could be opened for occasional sales. Stay tuned!

Designer Animal Crackers

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I love a store that feeds my kid. Regular nosh stops include Len Druskin, StyledLife and Hot Mama. No pressure to those already so generous, but Melly at the Galleria has truly upped the ante with a treat perfectly fitting its Palm Beach aesthetic. Behold: Lilly Pulitzer animal crackers. Currently a gift with purchase.

Eileen Fisher at Galleria

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Eileen Fisher opens its first stand-alone store in the Twin Cities today at the Galleria in Edina. And if you haven’t shopped the better women’s brand in a while, you might be surprised: Long associated with flowing styles and easy fits, the holiday collection includes fitted styles, luxe scarves and the must have of the season: sequins. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved