By BREANNA MROCZEK
Make room in your closet for fall fashion! The iconic fashion retailer Nordstrom makes its Canadian debut in Calgary at Chinook Centre on September 19, with doors opening at 9:30 am.
Nordstrom is certainly making its arrival into Canada a grand entrance: before you even get to the fashion, there’s eBar coffee bar, Bazille full-service restaurant, a beauty boutique, free wifi, and personal stylists to consult. Once you make your way to the racks of covetable clothing, you’ll find exclusive brands and high-end statement pieces right alongside modestly priced everyday wear.
“We’re focused on bringing the Nordstrom experience to our customers in Calgary,” Nordstrom Chinook Centre’s Store Manager Shelia Wooldridge says. “We believe that good service starts with having compelling product and empowered salespeople. We’ll have a balanced offering of the best fashion for women, men and children that the market has to offer, in a wide range of price points. We try to give the customer lots of choices so they can mix fashion and build their look however they want—from designer merchandise, popular brands to our own private label.”
As the first store opening in Canada, Calgary’s Nordstrom will be making a big first impression. “We’re focused on doing things the right way for Canadians,” Wooldridge says. “The first thing we’ll do when we open our doors is start listening to customers. We hope to get that first chance to serve customers and, when we do, we’re going to work hard to earn the next opportunity to serve them.”
If the Shoe Fits…
If you’ve got a Carrie Bradshaw-like fascination with shoes, you’ll find plenty to fill your closet with in Nordstrom’s five shoe departments, including shoes by exclusive-to-Nordstrom brands like the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker. One of the shoe departments is designed especially for children that features a play place and even offers shoe-tying lessons for those first pairs of lace-up shoes.
If labels aren’t your “thing,” there’s no need to feel intimidated—fashions are grouped together by style, fit, price point, lifestyle, and occasion instead of by brand. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest upscale pieces, head to the Collectors shop or via C for luxury designer brands.
Day to Night
Just like in Nordstrom’s U.S. stores, Nordstrom Chinook Centre is stocked with an assortment of great fashion for men, women, and children in a wide range of prices points. You’ll find activewear, handbags, accessories, formalwear, outerwear, and everything in between.
Just a Pretty Face
At the makeup bar, you’ll find luxury fragrances, makeup, and advanced skincare options from familiar brands like NARS and Clinique. Customize the level of service by trying out products at the Play Bar on your own, consulting a Beauty Stylist for brand and product advice, or working with a Beauty Concierge to learn style tips and trends. We love Nordstrom’s Mini-Must Haves: small versions of select products that are larger than one-use sample sizes but smaller than the full-size version that can take months to use up.
The menswear department features fine-tailored suits, sport coats, and trousers including pieces from Nordstrom exclusive brands Pal Zileri Collection and David Donahue. Get the perfect fit by utilizing their in-store tailoring service.
Ask the Expert
Need just one piece to complete an outfit? Not sure how to make fall styles work for you? Want someone to completely make over your wardrobe? Just chat with one of Nordstrom’s Stylists—their fashion advice and styling service are offered complimentary to all shoppers at Nordstrom, no purchase required!
Refuel with Food
Need a caffeine fix before tackling all the fashion that the store has to offer? Head to eBar! The in-store cafe serves up handcrafted direct trade coffee beverages, house-made smoothies, pastries, and freshly made sandwiches and snacks that can be taken to-go. Plus, they’re serving up Calgary’s own delicious Jelly Modern Doughnuts. If you need a more filling meal, have a seat at Bazille. Nordstrom’s full-service, in-store restaurant serves contemporary bistro cuisine like salads, sandwiches, pizza, a variety of entrees, cocktails, desserts, and a kid’s menu. Take a break from shopping and relax with a great meal at a great value.