While participating in Blondes vs. Brunettes I met a lot of amazing people who are working hard to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research. I always want to help out in any way I can — especially when shopping is involved.
The J. Crew family of stores at NorthPark Center (aka J. Crew Women’s Shop, the newly opened J. Crew Men’s Shop and Crew Cuts) will be offering a special deal on Nov. 14 — stop by from 6 to 9 p.m., spend $150 or more, and you’ll receive 15% off your purchase AND a portion of the proceeds will benefit the A.W.A.R.E.
Whew, that was a long sentence. Mark your calendars, and I’ll post a reminder when it gets closer to the event.
While the weather outside right now is gloomy, there’s a 0% chance of rain for this weekend. Which is perfect for all of the ladies and fellas who will be hitting the pavement on Saturday for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.
Pat Smith, who was 22 when she lost her mother to breast cancer, will be cheering on the crowd as honorary chair. If this is the first you’re hearing about the race, don’t fret, it’s not too late to sign up. Click here for all the details.
I got to take a look at all of the entries in the annual Canstruction competition at NorthPark Center over the weekend. But only one of them prompted me to pull out my phone and snap a picture. This entry from the Hensley Lamkin Rachel firm was honored for “Best Use of Labels,” and deservedly so. The cans are scheduled to be displayed through Sunday. After that, they’re being donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
Rebecca Minkoff’s handbags are known for being effortlessly chic — her signature bags the M.A.C. and the mini-M.A.C. are a go to for both celebrities and the every day gal. In 2009 she expanded her brand to include a ready-to-wear clothing line, which Neiman Marcus has faithfully carried since.
If you love Minkoff like I do, or an aspiring fashion designer, stop by Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center on Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a meet and greet with the designer. She’ll be showing off her Fall 2013 clothing line, and I’m sure a few M.A.C. bags will be thrown into the stylish mix.
Yesterday D CEO reported that there are nine new retailers heading to NorthPark Center — Rolex, J. Crew Men’s Shop, Tourbillon Boutique, Tory Burch, Nespresso, Green House Market, and See’s Candies. To get all the details on when they are opening and where they’ll be calling home, click here.
It’s time to strap on your tennis shoes and face the crowds — this weekend most back-to-school necessities are tax-free. That includes the majority of backpacks, school supplies, clothing, and footwear (under $100) that your kiddos will need to look and stay sharp this year.
Before you hit the ground running, check out our back-to-school spread in this week’s Preston Hollow People, featuring adorable sisters Lauren and Julia Hicks (ESD).
For all the nitty-gritty details, click here.
If you were following me on Twitter, you’d have seen this joke 17 hours ago:
It looks like Glamour Shots has closed @NorthParkCenter. Where am I going to get my boudoir photos done in time for my wife's birthday?
— Dan Koller (@DanKollerPeople) July 28, 2013
You have the chance to possibly save a life by donating 15 minutes of your time — and maybe even some bone marrow — this weekend at NorthPark.
Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, stop by Dillard’s Court to take part in the Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive.
The only requirements: You must be between 18 — 44 years old and in good health, and you must provide a cheek swab sample. Donations will not take place on-site; the event is meant to encourage joining the national registry. Donations from minorities are especially needed.
To learn more, check out www.BeTheMatch.org.
Yes, you read that correctly — something free at the mall! These classes are for those of you who don’t consider “shopping” a “workout.” All of the classes take place in the 1.4 acre CenterPark Garden, where you can use window shopping for your inspiration. Here are the details on the weekly classes:
Boot Camp Class hosted by lululemon athletica
- Tuesdays at 7 a.m.
- Bring a water bottle, towel, yoga mat, and running shoes
SWEAT Boot Camp Class
- Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
- Bring a water bottle, towel, and light dumbells
Nike Training Club
- Saturday 9:00 a.m.
- Sign up at Nike Dallas (214) 363 – 4127
- Bring a water bottle and a towel
The Apple store in NorthPark Center has moved to a corner location, specifically the corner on your left as you exit Nordstrom on the first floor. My sainted mother, who is known in our family as the Queen of NorthPark, labeled this a bad decision. She theorized that easier access to an exterior door would make it more tempting for shoplifters to target Apple.
To hear her tell it, creeps are helping themselves to five-finger discounts at Apple all the time. But a search of dallaspolice.net shows only two thefts were reported there in the first half of this year, after only five in 2012.
By comparison, the Macy’s at NorthPark reported 90 thefts in 2012. And the department store is on pace to surpass that number in 2013, having reported 58 thefts since Jan. 1. Similarly, Dillard’s has reported 54 thefts this year, a statistical increase when compared to its 75 reports last year.
Shoplifters don’t go after the mall’s other two anchors nearly as much — or those stores don’t call the cops nearly as much. Nordstrom reported only 16 thefts in 2012, but it has already reported 17 this year. And Neiman Marcus has reported only 12 thefts in 2013, after reporting 26 last year.
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