Out with the apothecary; in with more fine china. A remodel is underway at Ampersand at the Galleria. The venerable home store is eliminating most of its beauty lines to make room for an expanded assortment of tableware and bridal registry items—the heart of its business.
Ampersand owner, master retailer Barbara Armajani was ahead of the curve years ago when she created a luxe apothecary—making it a store within a store, featuring many bath and body brands that at the time were not widely available in town. One Kiehl's store later (Mall of America), Ampersand no longer has the exclusivity it prefers. The writing’s really been on the wall since Blue Mercury, a national upscale beauty store, opened just down the hall at Galleria.
Ampersand will continue to carry an edited assortment of home fragrance, candles—Lafco, Diptyque— and soaps, which have already been integrated throughout the sales floor.
Meanwhile, Ampersand's discontinued skincare lines are now 20 percent off, including a decent assortment of Kiehl's, Molton Brown, Mason Pearson, Malin + Goetz, and Jack Black—brands that rarely go on sale.
The store updates will be unveiled in about a month.