Six days and counting 

The long-awaited Parisian opens next week.

OOH LA LA: New Parisian.
  • OOH LA LA: New Parisian.

Space restrictions will keep me from waxing all poetical here about the new Parisian store that opens next week, so I’ll just say: I’ve seen it, and it’s … well, definitely worth the wait. The store, at the Pleasant Ridge shopping center on Cantrell Road, is open and airy and easy to shop, with a design that allows you to see from one end of the store to the other. It’s small enough that you won’t be overwhelmed by too many choices, but large enough that there’s plenty to choose from, if that makes sense. There are higher-end department store labels you’re familiar with from Dillard’s, plus some new ones, and Parisian’s more moderately priced private-label designs as well. The handbags and shoe departments are gigantic.

And, most importantly, there were plenty of sale signs up around the store in anticipation of the official opening of the doors.

The official grand opening is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, and there will be door prizes, live music and trunk shows all day and through the rest of the week. (Check the “grand openings” link at www.parisian.com for the full schedule.) But if you can’t wait, the “soft” opening is actually at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30. The store will be open until 7 p.m. that day, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

There’s also a special event planned for Saturday, Nov. 4: About a dozen local charities are selling $5 tickets to a special sale from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The charities keep all the money from the tickets they sell, and shoppers get $5 off their first purchase plus sale prices on rarely discounted brands. Participating charities include the March of Dimes, the Rep, City Year and CARE for Animals (sorry, not enough room to list everyone). You can buy a ticket at the door or from the charities; proceeds will be split among all the organizations.

Store manager Payton Berklite said she’s still unsure what will happen to the store under new owner Belk. Belk has said it plans to transition all Parisians into Belks by this time next year. In the meantime, though, there’s plenty to like about the Parisian we’ve got, so get your elbows ready and head on out. I’ll try not to step on your foot.

I saw it FIRST!





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