So, about 3 weeks ago on a Thursday evening, the Brentwood TJ Maxx/Kroger area became a holy madhouse. I mean, like, crazy where am I, madhouse. Why? This.
I keep wanting to call it no more rack…anyway, yes, it’s here. Nordstrom Rack. And let me just say, it better be worth it cause the parking nightmare it has caused in that lot is UN-believable! I drove for no less than 15 minutes that evening looking for a spot. I ended up in front of the Corner Pub (is that the name?), last corner spot. In fact while driving up and down the aisles I became dear friends with women I kept passing….over and over and over. In fact, we’re going to the beach together next week. Getting tattoos that say N r.
I should have used these guys.
After showing our RSVP pass, we were greeted with this…..
There was no point whatsoever trying to stay with your shopping buddy (sister in my case). No, “do you think this is cute?” or “do you see a size 8?”. In fact, is was a minefield of swinging purses, hangars, bags, and carts.
My first area to survey was the purses. Saw nothing of interest. So, I looked for something else to eat or drink.
Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve never had a “cakepop” in my life….I even think the name is dumb. No more. It was the best sugary, cakey, delightful thing I’ve ever tasted. And, as you can see, I was looking at shoes while eating it so, heaven.
Now here it got interesting. I found a FAB pair of Sam Edelman booties in black which I need terribly. Seriously. The 9 juuuuuust fit. But, not well enough. A tiny bit tight. So frustrating because they were in my price range and just the right heel for work. And the exact same pair is at Dillards for exactly double the amount. So, is it a lower quality leather? Does SE make a cheaper pair for Nordstroms? I really don’t think so but how they do it I don’t know. So since the booties didn’t work out I had to pacify myself with these….
BCBG and in my budget. I was a happy girl. They fit my need for black flats great. They are comfy and I feel oh so hip!
I knew I wasn’t going to attempt to try anything on, and see this sign…..
that poor girl was moving it farther and farther toward the back of the store. No way was I standing in that line to checkout. Luckily they had employees with the handheld card swipe thing all over the store. Unfortunately it still took about 20 minutes to checkout but whatever…I wanted those flats.
These friends managed to huddle in the shoe dept. and try on. (Not trying to disguise their beautiful faces with blurriness, just poor camera skills)
And that was my Nordstrom Rack pre-opening experience. Food and shoes. Since then, I’ve been back and found 3 items on the clearance rack I was pleased with. A pair of Kut from the Kloth jeans for my daughter, a cream top I’ve worn several times, and a tee. I also had a client find a couple of items. Other than that, I’m really sad to say, I’m a bit underwhelmed with the store. I expected much more merchandise and much higher quality (aside from their small section of designer shoes and a couple high-end clothing brands). I know Chicago’s store usually has a ton of merchandise so not really sure what’s going on. The jewelry even looked and felt cheap except for some earrings I saw. I guess we’ll have to wait and see as it settles into Brentwood.
Below is my final treat upon leaving. Utterly delicious chocolate chip cookie. Sugar, wine, diet coke, roast beef thingy, shoe high for sure. Way to do a grand opening Nordstrom rack!! And one day I’ll tell you about my second visit that resulted in 3 managers standing around me and my foot bleeding. Fun times.
A bit of business news, I will once again be contributing to The Tennessean’s Daily Crave page. Hopefully twice a month, maybe more. I hope you’ll be watching for me!!
Thanks as always for reading. Stay warm this weekend and CALL ME SOON for appointments:) Love you all,