ugg ear muffs Nordstrom outlet opens in Maple Grove
At a recent Rack opening in Texas, more than 600 people were in line before doors opened. What’s the fuss? Nordstrom usually overstocks a new store with premium goods to get shoppers excited. One difference from the Mall of America outlet is that shoes are in boxes on the floor so customers don’t have to go to the shoe mate window. Other goodies to look for: a large supply of Uggs, cuff links, North Face clothing, Coach and Cole Haan handbags, and plenty of premium denim for men and women. The Rack also has on site tailors. Get a $5 coupon for Houlihan’s restaurant with any Rack purchase. The first 1,000 customers get free reusable shopping bags.
Worthy sample sale It’s not nearly as big as a Gabberts warehouse sale, but there are plenty of gems at the Hirshfield’s Design Studio sample sale (721 2nd Av. N., Minneapolis, 612 374 8901). The bargain quotient is jacked up this year when, for the first time,
everything on the floor is discounted 35 percent (special orders excluded). Samples will be discounted 50 to 70 percent, including 20 pieces by Baker. Highlights: a Bernhardt neutral tuxedo sofa for $800, regularly $2,610, and a 44 by 64 inch abstract art piece that was $1,050 for $200. Many accessories are below wholesale cost. today costs $15. Saturday. Gabberts hopes to have a warehouse sale in the fall if a location can be found.
Operation Glass Slipper, which provides free prom dresses and accessories to girls from low income families in the Twin Cities, is having a sale for the public to take advantage of excess inventory and raise cash for the nonprofit. Gowns include mother of the bride, flower girl, prom and special occasion from $1 to $20. Eighty percent of the dresses are new, donated by local retailers.