Category: Store Opening

The new Nordstrom’s gala preview

By: Amanda Stevens March 9, 2016


he Ewa wing at Ala Moana Center welcomes another luxe retail giant. Nordstrom’s new location opens to the public this Friday, but its gala on Tuesday night brought in 1,200 guests for a VIP preview, with proceeds going to Aloha United Way, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.

The new 186,000-square-foot store is 25,000 square feet smaller, but thanks to a fresh design looks larger and more spacious. There are two new departments, a trend accessories section and a local section, with more lines and items from local designers throughout the store.


The E-Bar coffee stand and gelato bar have moved inside as well, and on the second floor is the new Habitat Lounge and Bar, a hip, airy hangout with handcrafted cocktails. Ruscello, the chain’s signature restaurant, will replace the Nordstrom Market Cafe, offering table service instead of a cafeteria-style setup. Heading the kitchen will be Shane “Ala” Sutton, who promises a new menu that keeps favorites like the tomato bisque. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on the offerings.

There was lots to drink and eat with specialty cocktails, gourmet bites and desserts prepared by Chris Kajioka of Senia Restaurant, Andrew Le of The Pig & the Lady and Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka of MW Restaurant. Take a look at some of the highlights.

Photos by Melissa Chang and Amanda Stevens

Urban Outfitters launches in Waikiki

By: Amanda Stevens Nov 29, 2014


Hawaii’s first Urban Outfitters store, which officially launches today, held its grand opening Friday, giving media and invited guests an early peek at the stylish, two-story space at the corner of Kalakaua and Kaiulani avenues in Waikiki.

Part of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s Atrium Shops, the new 13,000-square-foot shop is inviting and easy to navigate, with mini boutiques throughout the space. In keeping with its industrial-meets-art-loft vibe, the popular women’s and men’s fashion brand — known for its irreverent, indie and hipster styles — has added music listening stations throughout the store.

During my personal tour Friday afternoon, I was drawn to the gypsy vibe of the swimwear and crystal accessories. The clothes fit our island lifestyle, yet UO is not afraid to offer interesting outerwear, which I found refreshing. I spotted Southwestern-style ponchos in the $60 price range; party dresses starting at $80; and I was tempted to splurge on a rattlesnake belt for about $100. There’s also an array of amethyst and crystal goods randomly placed throughout the store, which adds to the mysterious gypsy Southwestern vibe.

On the second floor, there’s a good amount of fun tees in the $30 range, along with mobile tech supplies and quirky books — perfect for Christmas gifts. The men’s selection is impressive with offerings of denim joggers under $100. There’s also an entire section with intimate wear that’s edgy and sexy, but doesn’t try too hard. Seriously, this store has everything.

Before you leave, take a look at the hanging art and mural by Pow!Wow! artist Kristin Farr.

Here are scenes from Friday’s launch party:

Party Pics: Urban Outfitters launch

Party Pics: Urban Outfitters launch

—Photo by Amanda Stevens

A look at what’s on sale in Waikiki from this Philadelphia-based chain:

First Look: Urban Outfitters

First Look: Urban Outfitters
Love this panda holding an iconic red cup. Tees by Riot Society

—Photo by Amanda Stevens

Urban Outfitters
Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s Pualeilani Atrium & Shops
2424 Kalakaua Ave.
Parking structure located across the street from the lobby and valet.
Store hours: 9 a.m.-11:00 p.m.