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The Nordy Fix



MURRAY, Utah. It pains me to post this under "news"; I've always considered shopping to be somewhere between a chore and therapy. Not really a place to "make the scene." But upon hearing a mighty buzz about the March 6 relocation and opening of Nordstrom at the Fashion Place Mall, I decided I best beat feet to the mall and see for myself if there really was a wine and beer bar (there is one, but of course, you have to order food to sip there). Suffice to say, shoppers this past weekend were mindless of any recession or economic downturn. Or maybe just raging against it.

Dispute this if you must, but I am fairly certain the faceless manikins wearing extremely cute designer outfits whispered high-frequency verbal commands, like: "Go ahead, spend $1,200 on this jacket. You've got plastic. Use it." I resisted, of course, but many did not.

Jazzy music wafted above gleaming white tile floors. Shoppers lounged on couches in dressing rooms, leafing through coffee-table books about Andy Warhol. Friendly clerks offered to assist customers in all manner (even a facial and massage in a private spa room away from the crowds). Eager faces lined up to be brushed with expensive French powders. Neighbors greeted neighbor, after having slogged through a Nordy-less couple of years. "Isn't this great!" they cooed to each other while ogling this summer's Roman sandals and patent-leather stilettos.

Nordstrom has returned to the Valley.