House of 365 makes a fantastic first impression. From the moulded ceiling to concrete floors to the dramatic black tables sparingly placed throughout the sprawling space—Wayzata's newest boutique was no slap-dash endeavor.
The store is owned by an Orono mother-daughter team, Kathy and Annalise Bryan. Kathy designed the space, down to the zebra print sofas and framed covers of French magazines. Her daughter Annalise, who spent time in the fashion and music biz in Los Angeles and New York, does the buying. Brands include Diane Von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, and Nanette Lepore, but also some more affordably priced lines, like Bailey 44. Dresses around $150 feel like a nice surprise in this dramatic setting.
Open for just a couple of days, the store is already hopping—but then, this is Wayzata's summer, with all the high-profile restaurant openings, and we're just glad to be have a new place to shop while waiting for a table. The real question is whether House of 365 will be able to sustain the business in a sweeping storefront that has been home to numerous retail concepts, including Ampersand, La Petite Parfumerie, and most recently, P.O.S.H. interior design. The Bryans are treating House of 365 almost like a mini-department store for luxe ladies, with a fragrance section, jewelry, footwear, and intimate apparel. They offer on-site tailoring and courier service for customers on the run. Those special touches will be important in establishing a loyal clientele, and holding on to it—once Nordstrom opens at Ridgedale next year. No question, it's a great addition to Lake Street, and even worthy of a special trip to Wayzata.
House of 365 is currently open seven days a week. A grand opening celebration—emphasis on grand, from what Annalise tells me—is planned for Sept. 19. 750 E. Lake St., Wayzata, houseof365.com