Welcome back from the long weekend! Hope yours included plenty of romance and/or chocolate. In your haste to get out of town (or at least the office) last week, you might have missed some shopping news.
Let's start with the one sure to please devotees of all things preppy and discounted: J. Crew Factory is opening at Shoppes at Knollwood. The only other location in town to J.Crew's outlet-priced division is at Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan. A date for the Knollwood opening has not yet been announced.
We can celebrate our less expensive cardigans by drinking wine and painting masterpieces over at Excelsior & Grand, where Pinot's Palette is opening. Is painting the new frozen yogurt? Shops at West End has a similar concept, called Brush Studio.
And perhaps you've heard that Athleta this summer will launch its response to lululemon’s Ivivva Athletica. Athleta Girl performance and active apparel is designed for girls 6 to 14 with prices about 20 to 30 percent lower than the women’s line—which means also lower than Ivivva. We now know where you'll be able to shop the girls line in the Twin Cities: the 50th & France Athleta is the only Minnesota store that will carry the line at launch time in late April.
PGA Tour Superstore is taking over the old Sports Authority location across from Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. At 41,000 square feet, it will be the largest golf store in town, featuring 12 interactive simulators and hitting bays for custom fitting, lessons and practice, plus an expansive putting green. The store is expected to open this spring.
When Rosedale Center announced plans for a major addition that would include a department store, my first thought was Von Maur, because, who else, and their only store in town is way the heck over in Eden Prairie. Well, the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal found a mention of Von Maur on the expansion plans…which were removed from the mall owners website shortly after the MSPBJ reported the news. Curious, but definitely encouraging.