LUXE, a contemporary women’s clothing and accessories boutique in Fargo, is going out of business.
Renee Thompson opened the boutique, located at 1700 32nd Ave. S., in November 2004.
In an ad printed in The Forum, Thompson announced she is closing LUXE to focus on family.
LUXE is offering a 50 to 75 percent off storewide discount.
The store sells designer jeans, tops, and accessories.
Renee Thompson, owner of LUXE, designer clothing store in Fargo. File photo from 2008 courtesy Dave Wallis/The Forum.
Want to keep a pulse on the retail action when the clock strikes midnight Friday(or in the case of Toys R Us, 10 p.m. Thursday)? We’ve got you covered. From Thursday night through Friday morning, I’ll be on the scene at Fargo’s early openings, hopping from sale to sale and tweeting updates on conditions, crowds, and any chaos that may unfold (don’t call me a hero – somebody’s got to do it).
To track those updates, follow me on Twitter @MarinoEccher, keep an eye out for a write-up of the morning’s events at Inforum.com on Friday and in The Forum on Saturday (to get the full experience, of course, I can only recommend reading all three).
If you’re hitting the stores tomorrow night, happy hunting.
The wind may be bitterly cold today, but a new store in downtown Fargo is celebrating the breeze. KotiKites and WindSports opened today at 102 Broadway.
The store is devoted to all things wind. It carries kites for kids, stunt kites, novelty wind toys and lawn ornaments, and offers rentals and lessons in recreational power kiting, using wind to travel over land, water or — as you may want to try today — snow.
Its hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Rentals and lessons are by appointment. For more details on the store, read the story in The Forum on Tuesday.
As the retail feeding frenzy that is Black Friday draws near, Amazon.com is making a play to scoop the competition early. The online retail giant is rolling out Black Friday “lightning deals” throughout the week.
The sales revolves around timed offers on selected products – right now, for instance, customers can get the “Twilight” DVD for $5.99 for about three and a half more hours, or until its sold out (in this case the site’s progress bar says 75 percent of copies are gone so far). It’s also teasing upcoming deals with question marks and brief blurbs – “the premier device in handheld gaming” will be available in about an hour. The site seems to be rolling out about half-a-dozen deals an hour.
The online experience may not match the thrill of lining up for a “door buster” at a brick-and-mortar store, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to get a jump on your shopping and prefer not to hazard the elements.
Dropping by West Acres for some holiday shopping over the next few weeks? You might want to bring your camera. If you snap a photo of a gift you’d like to buy for someone else, the mall just might hand you a gift card to help you pay for it.
The contest, which started Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 3, works like this: Partcipants submit a picture of a gift they’d like to give from a store at the mall, along with information on whom it’s for (it doesn’t have to be a photo – the contest rules say it can be a hand-drawn image or something else altogether, and encourage entrants to “be creative”).
Once all the pictures are in, people vote for the top four on Facebook, and judges pick four winners by Dec. 15. The grand prize is a mall gift card in the value of the winner’s chosen gift, up to $1,000. Second place gets a similar card worth up to $300; third place, a card up to $150; fourth place, a card up to $50.
You can read the complete rules here (One caveat of note: no pictures featuring liquor, tobacco products, contraceptives, guns, fireworks, drug paraphernalia, or gambling, among other things. If that nixes your plans for the contest, your holiday shopping list is a bit more colorful than mine). No word on whether winners have to use their gift cards to get the gifts they picked out, but in the holiday spirit, it wouldn’t seem right to do otherwise.
The new West Fargo Big Lots will holds its official grand opening Nov. 5. The event will be at 9 a.m., featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony. Big Lots District Manager Mike Kyler will present $2,500 to West Fargo High School, a gesture the closeout retailer makes in each community it enters.
BUT, for you super shoppers eager to get your hands on the store’s reduced-price merchandise, the store at 1500 13th Ave. E., will soft open Thursday, Oct. 28.
Big Lots hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 – the topic of considerable buzz at West Acres Regional shopping center in recent months – held a “soft opening” Friday, rolling up the gate at 10 a.m. and letting an eager public in.
The store will be open until 9 p.m. tonight. It will hold a grand opening Saturday morning at 10 a.m. that includes gift card giveaways for the first 200 customers who arrive.
For more, check out a preview of the store from The Forum’s Sherri Richards, and read tomorrow’s business section for a rundown on the excitement surrounding Forever 21′s arrival.
Big Lots, the Ohio-based Fortune 500 company with 1,400 stores across the country, is opening a new store in West Fargo. The store will open Oct. 28 at 1500 13th Ave. E., West Fargo. It’s one of 80 new Big Lots stores opening in 2010.
F-M residents may remember Fargo had a Big Lots store from late 2000 to early 2006. It was closed with a group of underperforming stores, a company spokeswoman said. Its location, in the former Menards buildings east of West Acres, didn’t help any, it seems. The only store still open in that once-filled spot is Savers Thrift Store.
Read more about the new Big Lots in The Forum Friday. An official grand opening is planned for Nov. 5.
The folks at West Acres gave me a brief update today on the highly anticipated opening of Forever 21.
Right now, the tenative grand opening date is Saturday, Oct. 16, though this is a moving target, said Alissa Sorum, West Acres marketing director.
The trendy clothing and accessories store will move into a 20,000 square foot space that formerly housed Walgreens, Tradehome Shoes and Maps, Travel and More. The largest store to open in West Acres since J.C. Penney in 1979, the store will carry Forever 21’s women’s clothing, accessories, swimwear, lingerie and shoes as well as the Heritage 1981, 21MEN and Love 21 brands.
Vlana Vlee, a downtown Fargo retail boutique that sells women’s apparel, gifts, baby items, home furnishings and a design studio, is closing.
The shop opened at 102 Broadway two years ago. Owner Julie Smith said the closing has more to do with personal considerations than business challenges. She closed her Bismarck Vlana Vlee store in January.
The store will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for no more than two months and will offer discounted merchandise.
Check back on inforum.com and in The Forum tomorrow where business reporter Marino Eccher will have more information on the shop’s closing and what’s in the works to take its place.