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How elitist...it is no longer cool to be after materialistic things and accumulating wealth. Try scaling back like the rest of us and leave less of a impact on the earth.
I miss shopping downtown Mpls. When I started working down there in the early 80's, we had Daytons, Donaldsons, Pennys, Powers, Three Sisters. Other than Macy's, there is not much left, and that is sad.
My "lap" of luxury was defined in 1966: a roof, a meal, a color TV and a car to drive around in. Better to live below your means than to worry about how many luxury stores there are around to blow money at.
The MOA basically killed retail downtown as well as southdale. When you accompany that with the overall decline in department stores, it left a big hole in Minneapolis retail. Luckily it has been replaced with bars and restaurants...something no suburb has succeeded at. The 4th floor of MOA was an epic disaster.
Squarn, thanks for the pleasant memory of downtown. I forgot about Powers. What this generation is missing out on is customer service. Having people that took pride in their job, knew the merchandise and could help with selections made shopping a fun experience.
I was in St. Louis for a week and found the shopping quite excellent and wondered how they support both Neiman Marcus, Saks and 2 Nordstroms and we can't.
The average woman's size in the US is a 14, and women typically don't just shop for themselves--they shop for the entire family. So because high end clothing manufacturers/designers generally don't design PAST a size 14/16 the stores that carry those brands stand to lose not just female clothing buyers--but the whole family. And that's why the dept. stores that carry higher end clothes are going out of business.
I remember the days when my mother would take my brother and I to go to Daytons and looked at all of the wonderful store fronts where wonderful things could be seen. And that was downtown. Now? I do not know one person who would go downtown to shop and have to pay to park their cars. And I remember when Sears was great to go to because the service was excellent. Now? Most of the help do not know anything about drills and equipment that people need. And now, it is very hard to find anybody in those stores. What a lark. Put all of these things together, and it is clear that most younger people shop on the internet. And what is the grip in this article? Are we supposed to be-moan the lack of rich people eager to spend? Or smart people avoiding the rich peoples stores? Most of us cannot aford to go to any high priced shops anymore. Maybe downtown is no longer needed?
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