Posts Tagged ‘JC Penney’
Had the chance to catch up with environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo today at ShopNBC headquarters in Eden Prairie as he hawked his new eco beauty line Wholearth for the network’s first Beauty Day (to gab for one solid hour about 12 bath and products is quite an impressive feat). Last I saw Danny in the Twin Cities, he was pitching earth-friendly Simmons mattresses and organic bedding at JC Penney. Yet I can’t think of any other human brand as earnest and admirable as Danny. Whether it’s pillows or perfume, everything Danny does starts with the environment and sustainability and eliminating toxins from our lives. He isn’t pitching green because it sells; he’s living green and creating products to support it – with style. Wholearth is no exception, plus it’s USDA certified natural and organic. Danny’s motto is “do just one thing.” Of course, he does 20 or 30 – at the same time – but if using his hand cream counts, I’m in.
Tags: Danny Seo, eco beauty, enviornment, Green, JC Penney, shopnbc, simmons, wholearth
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Got a question? Need some help? You could wander around a store forever. But quietly stroll the sales floor with a notebook in hand and managers appear out of thin air. Today's locale: JC Penney at Rosedale Center. My shopping companion: green lifestyle expert Danny Seo, designer of JC Penney's very own Simply Green home line. There he was, picking up one of his own pillows when a manager with a clipboard surfaced offering to "help us." What she really meant was: who are you and what are you doing that may get me in trouble with corporate? Danny, who is a fixture on the JC Penney website, not to mention the author of best selling books, a magazine columnist and frequent guest on national shows like, oh, Oprah, couldn't have been more cordial, but it was clear he was a little hurt. "I work for JC Penney," he told her, and recited the names and numbers of folks in the corporate office to verify this. "He's decorated for Tobey Maguire!" I offered. The manager retreated. We finished shopping. At least he gets a corporate card, which he used to pay for around $100 of his own merch, which he'll give away on Shop Girls Saturday, June 20.
Read more about my shopping spree with Danny in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on June 21.
Tags: Danny Seo, green lifestyle, JC Penney, rosedale center, Simply Green
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The consummate picture of Dec. 26 at Twin Cities boutiques is a line of shoppers shivering outside Bibelot, waiting as long as three hours for the opportunity to buy gift wrap at 50 percent off. I'm wondering if they're going to bother setting the alarm this year. Bibelot has already run sales on holiday items and more…and so has the rest of the retail world. Still, local shops are going to try to entice us: Karma and Flirt are holding their post-Christmas sale together (and handing out numbers at 9 a.m. should any diehards decide to arrive early). Key North will continue the holiday trend of serving drinks (hot rum) to shoppers. JC Penney is opening earlier than ever: 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 – with twice as many doorbusters as last year. Still, they're worried that's not incentive enough. So JC Penney is offering wake-up calls. Sign up at JCP.com. Ask nicely, and they'll probably come over and put the toothpaste on the toothbrush for you as well
Tags: bibelot, day after christmas, dec 26, flirt, j.c. penney, JC Penney, karma, post-christmas sales, twin cities shopping
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I didn't have to hope Lowes would have the drapery rod I wanted – I checked the stock at local stores before venturing out. I then bought it online so I could breeze into the store and pick it up at the customer service desk without having to wait in a cashier's line. What a fantastic way to shop, and it's becoming more common. Home Depot's website also lets you check inventory at specific stores and order online for in-store pick-up at no additional charge. JC Penney has added a local inventory check as well. And electronics stores like Best Buy were some of the first to venture into ordering online and picking up at the store. I was raving about the service this week to Deloitte retail analyst Brad Fritz, who assured me that retailers realize this is the efficient way to shop. Take advantage!
Tags: brad fritz, deolitte, home depot, in-store pick up, inventory check, j.c. penney, JC Penney, lowes, online shopping
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Tough enough to find the perfect prom dress, but how about one that looks stylish, without costing $400? Mothers of teens have been asking for suggestions of places to shop beyond department stores and prom shops like Glitz at Mall of America. I’ve been trying to steer them to special occasion consignment, vintage and some lower priced alternatives like Sears and JCPenney – both of which might surprise (in a good way). Local mom Chris emailed me for ideas, and then followed up with the results of her two-day prom shopping marathon with her picky daughter and friend. She’s got some great observations:
"We did all the vintage shops out 50th and France way, they really didn’t any formal wear that would appeal to teenagers but we definitely plan on doing that shopping trip again in a few weeks just for fun when we are not on a mission, the stores were great! Brides of France had a small selection, but in the $400 range.
"My Sister’s Closet on Grand had a small selection of dresses that appealed to us and the staff was very helpful. It was worth the trip. Macy’s at Rosedale had a great selection – the girls each found a few that made the final list there. And the prices were $120 – $180 so right in the price range for prom. JCPenney has a nice selection too and every dress is 50% off right now – we actually put dresses on hold there.
"Both the girls found the perfect dresses at Cache at Rosedale. (I would have never thought to go in there). The staff and even a few customers were having fun with the girls helping them shop. The dresses were right around $200, the jewelry the sales ladies were trying to accessories the girls with was a bit on the expensive end ($60 bracelets and $40 earrings). A suggestion for shoes is Charlotte Russe. "Both the girls got their shoes there and the store had a special, second pair for $10 so we got two pairs of shoes for $32.00 – can’t beat that!
"We’re done until next year! Again, thank you for your suggestions and your web site. We are planning some more vintage and consignment shopping trips because we didn’t get through the list and we have some new stores on our radar. The girls were amazed that they could get those favorite Abercrombie and/or other name jeans for a mere fraction of the price in these stores so I think they’re hooked on the idea. We did score on jeans and some other items at Nu Look. Strongly recommend that store for the teenagers, three pairs of designer jeans and two t-shirts for $50."
Tags: affordable prom dress, cache, charlotte russe, consignment, j.c. penney, JC Penney, jcpenney, macy's, minneapolis consignment, my sister's closet, nu look, prom dresses, prom shopping, rosedale mall, twin cities consignment, twin cities prom
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