At Mall of America, lululemon refreshed and expanded its storefront on the first level, south side—making it the second largest lulu store in the U.S. (only Flatiron in New York is larger). Lululemon's new look is brighter and more spacious (gone is the purple and turquoise scheme!), with an expanded men's section and a distinct men's department separate from women's. There's a new "community" space in the back of the store, added fitting rooms and a digital community board that spotlights workouts happening all over town.
Galleria boutique dugo has dressed itself up in a brand new storefront, right next door to the space it occupied for a decade at the Edina shopping center. The new store is about the same size as the original one, but with two large windows and a more efficient floor plan, owner Nancy Shank says. There's also a new gray color scheme with hot pink accents. And for those who never knew what "dugo" meant, there's a wall sign and as well as a front window decorated with the words "dress up, go out."
Dugo has unofficially become known as the "mother of the bride" store—in a good way, offering sophisticated designer lines and making it possible to order in a wide range of colors and sizes. But dugo sells casual apparel and great accessories, too.
3Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
And Northeast Minneapolis indie boutique Mona Williams opened its Mall of America store over the holiday weekend (first level, near Nordstrom). It does the Twin Cities proud, offering a chic assortment of European women's fashion you won't find elsewhere in town as well as designer vintage, which has never before been sold at the mall. (So after suffering sticker shock in in the designer collections at Nordstrom, you can head down to Mona, where you might actually be able to afford a Chanel jacket or Gucci dress!) Mona Williams owner Patric Richardson is also known as the Laundry Evangelist—with a blog and classes devoted to stain removal—and living up to that reputation, Mona at MOA features the full collection of products from the Laundress.