When Nordstrom opens it’s first Canadian location in Calgary at Chinook Centre on Friday, it’s going to revolutionize our shopping scene. For real, ladies. I had a sneak peek earlier this week. Here’s what I’m stoked about:
There’s not one, not two, but three women’s shoe departments! And they’ve totally nailed their merchandizing. All women’s apparel is grouped according to lifestyle, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. A quick glance at the mannequins lets you know you’re heading into active wear, or ladies who lunch, or trendy teenager, or rock mom.
The kid’s section is located beside the second floor mall entrance and next to their bistro (fully licensed with kid’s menu – score!). There’s a cool a play area and lots of designer brands. I was drooling over their fancy dresses for girls and smart suits for boys. Plus there’s mini Uggs, toddler Hunter boots and Converse for babes.
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But it’s their make up department that really wowed me. They have these trending areas showcasing the latest looks by a variety of brands and a Play Bar, where you can try on loads of product. There’s two Beauty Concierge staff that aren’t commission based, so you know they’ll point you in right direction. Or make an appointment with a beauty stylist for a (free) full makeover. All I can say is, look out Sephora!
Nordstrom doesn’t have a return policy and handles all returns on a case by case basis (with a goal of keeping customers hap hap happy). That rumour about the person in Alaska who returned tires (even though Nordstrom doesn’t carry car tires)? It’s true. Nordstrom took over this building in Alaska that used to sell tires, and the sales rep honored the claim. Wow.
If you’re as excited as I am, check out their Beauty Bash on Friday (tomorrow), Sept. 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., before the Grand Opening. There’ll be free consultations, a special gift for the first 2,000 customers, sips and snacks.
Have you ever shopped at Nordstrom? Are you keen to see what all the fuss is about?