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A pop up for grown ups

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Print knit sheath, $38 at bby Style

BBY boutique will pop up for the first time at Southdale Center in Edina from Sept. 15-19 offering what owner Barb Dovolis describes as trend-right women’s fashions that won’t break the bank. Think Forever 21 for moms. Theses days, the youth market has ample access to the latest trends at reasonable prices, but Dovolis – a former senior buyer for Target and Marshall Field’s – believes there’s a void in the market for adult women. So expect clothes to skew more mature, but with an average price of $28. If it works, expect BBY to pop up in other locations around town. See what’s in store.

Bernard Berrian, the shopper

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Photo by Ben Garvin, St. Paul Pioneer Press

There’s another sport Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian loves almost as much as football: shopping. “I shop where ever I am,” he told me on the red carpet Sunday at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala. He wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit with shiny black and white oxfords and a dazzling Breitling watch that he said he “tries” (but not too hard) to keep under cover. Berrian has the confidence and style to dress himself, but says he does have “people” who help him shop. In Minnesota, his favorite mall is Southdale Center. Hmm.  J. Crew seems a bit too square. Len Druskin Outlet is a better bet. Who doesn’t love a designer bargain?

H&M coming to Maplewood Mall

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Maplewood Mall might finally be able to make Rosedale Center a tad bit jealous: H&M plans to open at Maplewood Mall. An 18,000-square-foot store is under construction on the second level of the mall. It is scheduled to open in the fall. Maplewood is owned by Simon Properties, which also owns Southdale Center where fast fashion emporium H&M opened a two-level store last year.

Ridgedale vs. Southdale

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

RidgedaleIf you find yourself reluctant to leave Ridgedale Center, it’s probably the new carpet making the surroundings feel more cozy. The remodeling of Ridgedale is now complete, and while I didn’t find the changes that overwhelming, regulars tell me they love the updated look. There’s a new family-friendly first floor bathroom near JC Penney and a second fountain in center court. But many of the improvements are subtle: new lighting, darker wood. All together, it adds up to a fresh, more contemporary feel. When I visited last week, the expansive center court was bustling. (Mom alert: I prefer the play area here, where there’s space between climbing objects, to the one at Eden Prairie Center, where one big climbing structure leads to more collisions).
The Ridgedale updates got me wondering, once again, if Southdale Center is ever going to get started on improvements of it own. Make that, a total overhaul. Simon Properties, the new owner, has taken over – note the new purple Southdale signs and Simon gift cards. But a spokesperson for the center tells me there’s no word yet on renovation plans. Seriously? They haven’t had enough time to figure something out? I know several tenants are waiting to see what Simon does with the aged place before deciding whether or not to renew leases. Better get going, Simon, before all the good ones are gone.

A Southdale makeover?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

My recent Pioneer Press column about the sorry state of Southdale Center prompted Juut Salon/Spas CEO David Wagner to tell me that his company is in final negotiations to take over the vacant Louis XIII space at Southdale, with plans to open in August. Good move for Juut. It’s a high profile space that will lend itself to a dynamic setting, and the mall could use a spa since Estee Lauder pulled out. No question this development will lead to many splendid afternoons: mani/pedi and lunch at P.F. Chang’s. Now if only Southdale could figure out how to drive traffic into the mall. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved