When my mom used to take me clothes shopping, we had a bit of a disagreement over where to shop. I would have preferred to go to individual stores like the Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy (ignore the fact that those are basically the same store). But my mom preferred department stores like Bloomingdales, Saks or Marshall Fields (RIP) because they had good service, good quality, a wide variety — and because she had credit cards there. I didn’t like the department stores, though, because they felt too old-fashioned to me. I felt like I rarely saw girls my own age the department stores. You didn’t buy “pants” at department stores, you bought “slacks.” Department stores were staffed by disapproving older women, played fusty muzak, had headache-inducing lighting and were organized in confounding and monotonous ways.
I felt that way until I discovered Nordstrom. Nordstrom has everything that’s good about a department store, I.E. everything under one roof, but somehow manages to make shopping a fun experience.
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