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Shoppers can create custom candy bars at Sweet! Hollywood

BY Marianne Wilson

Los Angeles — Candy emporium Sweet! Hollywood has opened its flagship location at the Hollywood & Highland Center, in Hollywood, Calif.

The store is designed as a one-of-a-kind retail entertainment experience by envisioning the proverbial kid in a candy store and bringing that vision to life.

After ascending the unique musical staircase to the grand entrance, guests can create custom candy bars in the Chocolate Lab, witness live candy art shows, and sample exotic sweets from across the globe. Featuring more than 200 types of gummy candies, 140 flavors of chewing gum and 250 types of lollipops, the candy boutiques never cease to surprise.

"Visitors and fellow Angelenos alike are racing the 700 ft. of track in the world’s fastest gumball machine, powered by a Ferrari, experiencing exotic-flavored confections, and selecting from more than 300 types of chocolate bars inside our store," said Gary Shafner, owner, Sweet! Hollywood. “Sweet! is about much more than candy — it represents art, passion and a desire to entertain as the driving forces behind our sugar-filled playground."

Outside the store, elaborate window displays designed by Academy Award winning Moonbot Studios document Willy Wonka’s epic travels. Inside the candy wonderland guests take part in sugar art shows led by expert custom candy sculptors.

Showcasing 12 exclusive candy boutiques, private event space, and exclusive partnerships with Hollywood’s biggest movie premieres, Sweet! Hollywood said it plans to expand internationally in the coming years.

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Fashion Outlets of Chicago to open Aug. 1

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a 530,000-sq.-ft. retail destination located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 15 miles from downtown Chicago, will open its doors for the first time on Aug. 1.

The first fully-enclosed outlet mall built in Chicago in more than two decades, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is nearly 95% leased and will be home to 130 stores, including anchors Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Forever 21, as well as outlet locations from high-fashion brands such as Gucci, Tory Burch, and Barneys New York.

A number of brands are also opening their first outlet store in Chicago, including Longchamp, Vince Camuto, Ports 1961 and L’Occitane.

Among the center’s innovations is The Arts Initiative, founded and curated by Arthur and Miami-based gallery Primary Projects, which will feature highly interactive visual arts integrated into the architectural framework of the property. Popular contemporary artists, such as Daniel Arsham, Jen Stark and Bhakti Baxter, created art that ascends the sides of escalators, throughout vestibules and entryways and suspended from ceilings.

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Nordstrom Rack to open in landmark Brooklyn site

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Nordstrom said it plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at 505 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. The approximately 41,000-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in spring 2014. The developer for the project is United American Land LLC.

The store will feature a unique design that will blend the architecture of the site — the landmark Offerman building — with the contemporary style of an adjacent, newly built structure. The single-level store will occupy the second floor retail space.

"We want to be in the top locations across the country, so this spot at the heart of downtown Brooklyn is big for us," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We are thrilled to become a part of this exciting community at a historic location, and we intend to make the most of the opportunity to serve customers and give them a reason to shop the Rack."

In related news, Nordstrom said it will open a Nordstrom at Shops at Orchard Place in Skokie, Ill. The approximately 36,000-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in spring 2014. Shops at Orchard Place is owned and managed by Inland Real Estate Corp.

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