Imagine the smile on Shareology’s face…. November 10, 2009

UPDATE May, 2010:

  • Opening Day of Louis Vuitton, Galleria:   May 4, 2010
  • Date of Shareology Post re Opening:          May 4, 2010
  • Date of Strib’s article on Opening:                May 6, 2010
  • Shareology:                                                            Still Smiling

Original  Post from November 10:

…when she retrieved her Star Tribune this morning to find “Vuitton to defy economy and unpack at Galleria” on the front page, main story in business section.   But then, dear Shareology reader, you knew that 24 hours earlier:  proceed to the post below “A Retail Surprise at Galleria!”


A Retail Surprise at Galleria! November 9, 2009

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Shareology has been following changes at Galleria in Edina,  MN for the past year.  This shopping center is one of the few remaining vital during one of retail’s most challenging times.  One strategy has been to move tenants in small spaces into larger spaces.  Shareology was a tad concerned that, based on her prior experience in percentage rent  at Dayton Hudson Properties, successful small tenants may be hard pressed to keep up with additional rents that come with additional square footage.  Thus a great tenant in a small space risks failure when moved to a larger space.   A source confirmed to Shareology a few weeks ago that Galleria is extremely careful with its tenants, and moves those who can grow and be successful into larger spaces.   The same source indicated that as one of the few privately owned shopping centers, the Galleria has more freedom to make decisions, and carefully nurtures its tenants and their growth.  

Moving those tenants to larger spaces leaves those smaller spaces empty behind.  Galleria has been averaging about six open store fronts in the past year.   A trip to Edina this weekend confirmed that the movement of tenants into larger spaces continues.  Styled Life does indeed look styling in its new space.  Last week, Fifth Avenue Optical moved into new space, and stopped Shareology in her tracks with its new, attractive store.

Down the hall, Shareology came to a jaw dropping stop.  In the spot vacated by Fifth Avenue Optical and Styled Life was indeed another boarded up space, this one painted chocolate.   The jaw dropping was caused by the sign in front of the empty space:  

“Coming Spring 2010:   Louis Vuitton”    Wow.  Double Wow.   Great fit with their existing tenant Coach.  (And Louis Vuitton’s nearest neighbor?  Tiffany.   Nice Neighborhood.)  

Can retail recovery not be truly underway if Louis Vuitton is moving into Edina?  Shareology left with a skipping step and a smile in her heart!





Shareology was admiring the white and crystal holiday decor at Galleria, when she realized Spring for the opening of Louis Vuitton in Galleria has gotten much more specific:  LV will be here in May!


Kay Roseland    @KayLoire


Shhhhh….Soft opening of StyledLife….. October 10, 2009

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in their new space in Galleria in Edina, MN.   If you like accessories or music, this is the space for you!  Accessories nirvana, in twice the space of their previous Galleria location.   Necklaces to die for, scarfs, purses….it goes on and on…..

Shareology is just back from the soft opening, and as she composes, she’s listening to some spectacularly addictive music on  This is one amazing web site….as it boots, it tells you what percentage is loaded, and……….this amazing music plays…..move your mouse over the screen…best fun since the 4th of July!  Shareology doesn’t need a radio anymore; she has

StyledLife has moved to their new space in Galleria!

StyledLife has moved to their new space in Galleria!

Grand opening of the new space in Galleria is November 12 — but don’t let that stop you from taking a peek before then!

Kay Roseland     @KayLoire


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