Thursday, August 2, 2007

New Stores!

I like to think we have a good thing going here in terms of our shopping scene in Madison. But similar to my philosophy on shoes, I don’t think I can ever have enough.
Outdoor enthusiasts (and trendy UW–Madison students who don their fleeces) will be excited to hear that The North Face is opening at Hilldale on August 3rd. The new store is located across from the Macy’s entrance and boasts 4,500 square feet. They’ll carry performance apparel, equipment and footwear. The specialty store will no doubt fit right in with Hilldale’s upscale feel and target the city’s very active and fitness-focused population. The Hilldale location is the company’s fifteenth in the nation.
There aren’t a whole lot of locally owned specialty kitchen stores in Madison—I usually think of Orange Tree Imports and Tellus Mater, not to mention All Through The House in Stoughton. Now another store is adding some spice: The Kitchen Gallery at 1354 Williamson St. Owner Roz Anderson says shoppers will find a broad mixture of kitchenware, serve ware and gourmet foods in her space, which opened July 3rd.
IndoMalay Gallery in Fitchburg features “distinctive handcrafted products of Indonesia & Malaysia,” bath and body items, and artwork. Owner Matt Castagnet’s concept sounds somewhat similar to Indocara’s (located downtown) modern Asian furnishings angle, but IndoMalay appears to focus more on gallery aspect with decorative home items and artwork. Check out the store at their grand opening celebration on August 9th.
And finally, the news I’m most excited about: Anthropologie is opening a store in Madison this fall! Now, I don’t know where it’s going to be yet (I’ve spoken to a couple of people and they don’t know either), but the store’s website says they’re opening a location here and are hiring store managers, display coordinators and the like.
Anthropologie stores have a smart mix of clothing that appeal to laid-back types and trend-forward sisters who crave the latest and greatest in fashion, premium denim in current styles, lingerie and cool home décor items.
The Philadelphia-based retailer’s brands also include Free People and Urban Outfitters stores.

The North Face, 702 N. Midvale Blvd.
The Kitchen Gallery, 1354 Williamson St., 467-6544
IndoMalay, 2690 Research Park Dr., Fitchburg. 213-4521.

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