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Ch-ch-changes: Perimeter Mall Edition

29 Feb


Much kudos to Eli Zandman at Tomorrow’s News Today – Atlanta for specifically tipping us off via Twitter about the new stores slated for Perimeter Mall: Madewell and Sperry Top Sider. When Bloomingdale’s announced it was pulling out of the iconic mall and would be replaced by a Von Maur, we got a little worried about the fate of the shopping mecca. But the expansion of J. Crew’s sister brand is exciting (although perhaps it would do better at North Point?) and Sperry Top Sider’s new store promises to offer more than those famous boat shoes that are currently making a huge comeback, including a variety of accessories like scarves, bags, hosiery, belts, eyewear and more.

But remember: it’s a sin to wear socks with Top Siders.


Ch-ch-changes: North Point Mall Edition

27 Feb

Image via North Point Mall's Facebook page

Despite the economic climate, North Point Mall continues to expand and grow. First, Von Maur opened in the almost-abandoned Dillard’s wing. Now, there is talk of converting the old Parisian space into a movie theater. Rainbow, a low-priced clothing spot aimed at teenagers, has announced a new spot. And finally, Lego and Michael Kors have announced new stores in the works for this suburban mall.

It seems that the new changes are a bit at odds with each other–while a movie theater is likely to draw loitering teenagers (who already spend time at the mall with mom and dad’s money), a Lego store will appeal to the younger crowd (and tie in with the Discovery Center opening at Phipps later this year) and Michael Kors definitely appeals to the adult women (and tie in with the “Collection” store slated to open at Phipps later this year).

Kors is striving for the “affordable luxury” success of Coach, and even Gucci, who have lowered some of their price points in the past decade to attract new consumers who are willing to splurge on a piece or two that are within their financial reach. However, as North Point seems to strive towards a more family-oriented and budget-friendly scene, will Michael Kors fit the landscape? With an American Girl store, Build-a-Bear Workshop, and now a Lego store to lure in the elementary-aged kids–plus a Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Torrid, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Delia’s, Rainbow and a movie theater to appeal to the teenagers–will the more luxury spots like Kors and Coach be able to draw in the crowds like before? Read: will parents and young professionals still want to shop at this mall (and will parents still have money left to actually spend)?

More Por Favor: Lenox Extending Retail Space

5 Dec

Last Thursday, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Lenox parent company Simon Property Group has plans to tear down the porte cochere at the front entrance (the overhang where cars can pull up and unload in the rain) and turn that space into retail space. Which means two things: 1) Things are going to look new and shiny on the front side of the mall, and 2) Lenox is essentially getting more stores without having to lose any of the old ones!

Construction will begin in spring 2012 (just what Lenox needed, more grungy construction zones), and if all goes according to plan there should be some announcements of new retailers soon after. And then all that’s left is to press our noses to the glass and wait.

Of course, Crate and Barrel will be leaving the inner walls of the mall, venturing out to the Shops Around Lenox and leaving a huge hole across from Anthropologie, likely before this new project is completed. So it looks like there will be some large holes in Lenox for much of 2012.

All in the name of progress.

Now Open: Sole Shoes at Atlantic Station

23 Nov

New place to shop for the holidays: Sole Shoes & Accessories at Atlantic Station! More here.

Shop Small Businesses this Holiday Season

23 Nov

MJS Designs – jewelry

Jewelwing Studio – art

Artisan Socks

Pinkears – quilts

ToxicMunkee’s photography

Starry Glass Designs – jewelry

Queen B’s Unique Boutique – handbags, Nook covers and more

Polar Lights Art Studio

Alvern & Betty’s Vintage

Chocoley – Chocolate and candy-making supplies

Future: Standard – organic and indie designer market

Nimli – natural and organic fashion, home goods and more

More to come…

Now Open: Von Maur at North Point

21 Nov

Well, better late than never, right? Von Maur opened in Atlanta! And we were there! And we’re just now posting about it!

The store is beautiful, boasting lots of square footage for men, women, children and juniors. You’ll find the men’s and juniors departments on the first floor, with the cosmetics, a little bit of women’s sportswear and large shoe section that features a separate room for clearance shoes (don’t miss it!) Upstairs, find the rest of the women’s department, the children’s section, handbags (odd that they’re not on the first floor) and more. Don’t miss: the women’s lounge on the second floor. This is where you’ll want to take a break and rest your feet during the holiday shopping marathons.

Von Maur. Now Open at North Point Mall, in the Dillard’s wing.

Now Open: Drybar Blows Up in Buckhead

31 Oct

The original Drybar


After opening its first location in Brentwood (Los Angeles) in early 2010, Drybar has since exploded across the country, bringing its signature $35 blowouts to ladies everywhere. Now open in Buckhead, the salon specializes in washes and blowdry styles. If it’s anything like the original location, you’ll get a small menu to choose your style and add-ons from, a comfortable chair with a space at a literal marble bar, cocktails to sip and gourmet snacks to munch while you get styled, an iPod/iPhone dock to charge your baby and listen to some tunes during the process, plus TVs playing things like Sex and the City (with the captions on, of course). Also look for adorable extra touches like a hairdryer chandelier. Stylists use top-notch products to create sleek looks to last all night. If you think you might be a regular–ask for a package deal.

Drybar. 102 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Ste B. 404-382-5310. Book an appointment online.

Opening Set: Von Maur at North Point

18 Oct

It’s going to happen: Von Maur will open its first Atlanta store at North Point on November 5, despite talk that the store might not be finished in time for the holiday season. The midrange department store will bring jobs as well as a new shopping experience to the area. Bonus incentive to shop there: free gift wrapping for the holiday season.

Von Maur. Opening November 5 at North Point in Alpharetta.

Now Open: Henri Bendel at Lenox

18 Oct

Henri Bendel brought its high end accessories to Lenox just in time for the holidays. More here.

Now Open: Forever 21 at Lenox

17 Oct

Forever 21 Lenox

It’s finally here, with all the fanfare and trimmings. Forever 21 debuted at Lenox on Saturday, with large crowds and ridiculous lines for the dressing rooms and checkout. Bonuses: expanded accessories, lingerie, and kids sections, which are seriously lacking in other Atlanta-area Forever 21 stores.

Forever 21 kids

Forever 21 accessories

Forever 21 at Lenox. Now open.

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