While purchasing a new piece of cookware at William-Sonoma, I was invited to join their rewards program, The Key. The cashier turned to another employee and asked how to enroll the person on the register so that the customer does not have to go through the hassle of using the small and glitchy keypad. ANT
Strolling through the Pearl District in Portland the other day, I wandered into the Filson store. Upon entry, I heard Lynyrd Skynyrd playing (vinyl on the in-store turntable and was greeted warmly by one of the sales people. She then offered me a beer! ANT
I stopped by WIlliams-Sonoma on Sunday to make a purchase. After the transaction, the cashier bagged my item then stopped around from behind the counter to hand me my bag. ANT.
Lord & Taylor, one of New York City’s oldest and iconic department stores, has closed up shop after 104 years.
On opening day in 1914, 75000 customers streamed through their front doors. The amenities of the store included several restaurants, separate roof top lunch rooms for male and female associates, a doctor and dentist office, gymnasium and a concert hall with a built-in pipe organ.
WeWork will be the new tenant.
Muji of Japan recently opened a store in a storied retail location. The store is located in the 100 year old Meier & Frank building in downtown Portland returning a “department store” to this respected storefront.
The name is derived from Mujirushi (no-brand) Ryōhin (quality goods), Muji is noted by its design minimalism, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, and no-logo or “no-brand” policy.
Inventory includes men’s and women’s clothing, home furnishings, food and stationary items. Also included in the store is a coffee shop and an alteration center.
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Often times customers are limited by the number and availability of dressing rooms. So I had to chuckle when I stopped in a Book Warehouse recently. The bookstore had FIVE dressing rooms and nothing to try on. I think a marketing opportunity for the store would be to put up fliers in dressing room lines of other stores in the mall saying “Come for our dressing rooms and stay for our books.”
It had been some time since I had visited a Disney Store so when I passed by one the other day I had to stop in.
I wandered through the store checking out how the Star Wars brand has been woven into the Disney merchandising, listening in on customer interactions and observing the joy that the customers exhibited in visiting a little slice of the happiest place on Earth. Finally, I ended my explorations at the back of the store drawn towards a small crowd gathered there. There were a dozen people around plush mountain watching the video wall on the back of the store.
A neon sign outside of a Portland restaurant. You have to appreciate their honesty.
One of the joys of a good road trip is getting well away from the interstates and onto the blue highways of William Least-Heat Moon fame. It is on just such roads that my wife and I found ourselves on a recent trip to Death Valley.
As we drove through southern Oregon, the clock was approaching lunchtime and we were beginning to feel a bit hungry when we heard a radio ad for the Klamath Grill on Main Street in Klamath Falls. The ad made it sound like a great local place to stop for lunch. We were not disappointed.
This breakfast and lunch spot serves up a nice variety of diner favorites along with some chef specialities such as Swedish Pancakes, Dutch Babies and a Cranberry Club Sandwich.
Waiting for my Huevos con Chorizo to arrive, I picked up a table topper to read. Anyone who has eaten at a small town diner might recognize these simple booklets with local history, bad jokes, trivia and area advertisements to read while waiting for your food.
As I was reading through the booklet, I ran across a reference to the “only solar-powered outdoor store in the US”, The Ledge. Checking my phone, I discovered the store was only several blocks from the diner. So we decided we would walk over to the store and take a look around before heading on to Tule Lake and Susanville.