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So long, Shorty

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Tireless retailer Nancy Sherman is calling it quits. Shorty’s Loft will close after the holidays. Sherman is moving on – really moving, to Texas, for a new opportunity. I wish her the absolute best. Sherman had high hopes for Shorty’s in St. Louis Park – fronting Excelsior Boulevard, next door to Trader Joe’s seemed a no-brainer, but the reality was less ideal. Excelsior & Grand is still struggling to find its groove, and its pedestrian traffic. Even so, Sherman stayed true to her jeans-and-leather jackets style and never stopped hosting events or dreaming up shopping incentives. I hope when Sherman returns for a visit, she’ll find her old stomping ground evolving into the destination she envisioned.

The Shorty’s Loft closing sale starts today with 20 percent off storewide. Expect additional weekly reductions throughout the month.

West End update

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Caught up today with the developer of The Shops at West End who has been working against odds to lease the new outdoor center at Highway 100 and 394 in St. Louis Park that broke ground just before the economy crashed. It's taken considerably longer than expected, but that's partly because they are sticking to their original upscale concept, targeting fashionable, urban women 20-55 who want the latest – as long as parking is convenient and free. The payoff will finally start to be realized in April and May with the opening of Lululemon Athletica yoga wear and Republic of Couture, a boutique-y chain offering trendy labels like William Rast and Hugo Boss for women and men. Both are new to the Twin Cities – an admirable goal of the developer's. (Anthropologie and Love Culture are currently holding down the retail front along with local fave Creative Kidstuff.) The other priority: a mix of local boutiques, and to that end: Uptown retailer Ini Iyamba has signed on to do an Ivy women and men's store and Amy Briesemeister will resurrect her Long Lake boutique Pink Champagne. Also opening this spring: Uber Baby and Hot Mama. Raze, a men's hair salon from Regis, is scheduled to open March 1, followed by Toby Keith's bar and grill the third week of March with more food concepts to come including Mexican, pizza, crepes, a wine bar and – fingers crossed – a local coffee/dessert joint that would be open late. As the action picks up this spring, don't be surprised if a few national chains flee their current Minneapolis or west metro (watch out, Ridgedale) homes to join West End.

Well hello, OPM

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I must admit, I didn't expect the crowd. OPM, the new designer boutique at Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park, packed the house for its grand opening fashion show on Friday night. The young and fabulous were out in full force, noshing on pink frosted cupcakes, sipping cocktails and drooling over the endless parade of designer bags. A darling Catherine Malandrino black cocktail dress with white stitched details was my favorite, and actually surprised me by being only $500. There were a couple of other noteworthy party dresses and a great sweater or two, as well as whole bunch of skinny pants and slinky tops. I've been wondering if this store will catch on, situated as it is, at the back of the Excelsior & Grand development, which hasn't turned out to be a hot spot for retailers, and with its luxury price points in this economy. But, if the crowd that attended the show can afford to shop the store, they just might make it. In any event, it was an auspicious start – I applaud OPM for pulling out all the stops and throwing a fab, free party. We can all use more of those. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved