Posts Tagged ‘shops at west end’
Minneapolis is finally getting a blow dry bar–two, actually. A pair of local entrepreneurs have signed leases to open Blast Blow Dry Bar at the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park and Aloft hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Like the blow dry bars that have become popular on the coasts, Blast will stick to a simple regimen: wash, blow dry, style, for $35. They don’t want to replace your salon, rather, become a destination before events, or even as part of a weekly routine (ah, dreamy), where you can “Blast in, blow out” in 45 minutes or less.
The owners are not stylists, but they’ve hired manages with extensive salon experience and plan to employ experienced stylists from salons around town on a part time basis. They’re also planning their own product line. Blast will open this spring.
Their ads are about to start showing up around town…
The ladies of Primp are busily pressing dresses and folding sweaters in anticipation of their Thursday opening at Shops at West End. I got a sneak peek on Monday and can assure you they’ll be ready: the spacious boutique, between Hot Mama and Anthropologie, is full of everyday basics and trend pieces, plus sweet little dresses and sparkly numbers perfect for holiday parties. Oh, and did I mention? Virtually everything is under $100; find many items for less than $50. Stop by the new store from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday for wine, treats, and first dibs on those dresses!
(You can also visit Primp’s original location at Selby and Dale in St. Paul.)
Two popular St. Paul salons announced plans today to open second locations on the west side of town. phresh Salon Spa is opening a full service salon and spa at Shops at West End. That’s the St. Louis Park center’s second Grand Ave.-area get in two weeks, with Primp opening as well). phresh will offer hair, skin, makeup, nail and massage services.
Meanwhile, Root salon is opening a second shop in Linden Hills at the corner of 43rd and Upton–just upstairs from Extrados. Owner Jim Koktavy believes the two will complement each other, with Root’s hair expertise and Extrados’ waxing and spa services. Root plans to open in November.
Primp, the local store that has carved a niche for itself selling affordable trend apparel in a chic boutique setting at Selby and Dale in St. Paul, is opening a second location at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Primp owners Michele and Wesley, designers turned retailers, have great style and refreshing sensibility. Virtually everything they sell is under $100; a shocking number of tops, dresses and accessories are less than $50. Sure, the look skews young, but you can always find pieces that will work for mothers as well as their teen and twentysomething daughters. Primp at West End is scheduled to open in early November.
The mamas need more dressing rooms! Construction is underway to double the size of the Hot Mama store at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Work should be completed by the end of October. Meanwhile, at Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Hot Mama is moving into the former Sharper Image space the first week of November. Expect a bigger selection and wider aisles. And one last update (today, anyway) on the rapidly growing Edina-based chain: the new store at Woodbury Lakes is now expected to open in September.
Parmida Home, a rapidly expanding home decor chain new to the Twin Cities, has signed at lease at the Shops at West End.
It brings in a new category to West End, and will take up a considerable chunk of real estate: The 11,000-square-foot store is expected to open across from RAZE in Spring 2012.
“It’s great to bring in another unique, first to the Twin Cities, retailer to the Shops at West End,” senior property manager Michael Landstad said in a statement.
According to Parmida’s website, the store offers wine and cheese accessories, imported coffees and teas, bath and body, kitchen accessories, candles, gourmet and gifts with furniture and decor for a variety of tastes, from formal to beach house.
Parmida has seven stores in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio and suburban Chicago.
Uber Baby has closed its boutique at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. But Uber Outlet will reopen this Thursday with baby, toddler and kids apparel (up to size 10) plus shoes, diaper bags, baby accessories and gifts – all up to 80 percent off retail. Starting this week, the outlet will resume regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Owners Lynne and Dan Gonsior plan to return to their roots, focusing on baby and children’s merchandise at the outlet. (You might see some maternity apparel down the road.) Meanwhile, Lynne is already working on the next chapter: Uber Baby Lifestyles, a full line of baby apparel and accessories launching Spring 2012.
Uber Outlet, 6015 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-869-0930
How do rumors get started? Well, this one seems to have been fueled by the gorgeous new Anthropologie store at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Since it opened, shoppers – and even other retailers – have been asking me if Anthropologie will close at 50th & France. I was dismissive at first – the 50th store, I’ve been told, is one of the retailer’s most successful – you can tell just by the wait for a fitting room on a Saturday afternoon. The opening of West End was about capturing more shoppers in a hungry market. But the question about 50th hasn’t gone away, so I asked the company: Are you closing your Edina store? The answer is a definitive NO. This comes straight from an Anthropologie spokeswoman who told me “We are not closing in Edina. You can be assured that it is a rumor!”And that’s that.
Ivy is closing after five years in Uptown. Owner Ini Iyamba, who hosted a denim event just last weekend, said simply, "It's the perfect time to say goodbye." All merchandise is now 50 percent off. Sounds like talks for an Ivy store at Shops at West End are off.
Does Minnesota have enough The Situation-wannabes to support new arrival Republic of Couture? The small but growing Florida-based chain recently opened a sleek store at the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. It's big (albeit, wanting for more merchandise) and shiny and looks classy, but all I could think as I browsed the Ed Hardy tees, embellished night-clubby shirts and tricked out premium denim was Jersey Shore, mixed with 2009 Creep of the Year, Jon Gosselin. And I'm not sure guilty viewing translates into aspirational dressing. At least I hope it doesn't. I'm not saying don't go, just, if you do, limit yourself to a pair of William Rast jeans or one of the more understated (wishful thinking?) shirts. And balance it out with something J. Crew.