Macy's announced this week that they are going to keep eight of their locations, including the Herald Square flagship store, open at all hours of the day and night from December 21 to Christmas Eve. From the Staten Island Advance:
Shoppers will be greeted with the ongoing sales Macy's has been holding since Black Friday, said spokeswoman Elina Kazan. "The most important thing about being open 24 hours is that it makes shopping convenient to people with different schedules," she said. "This gives everyone a little extra time." Company officials have been planning the shopping marathon for months to ensure there is enough manpower and merchandise.
Everyone is saying this is so nice of Macy's to open the store so everyone, no matter what their time constraints, has a chance to shop. Now, once all the crowds have gone for the day, customers will be able to wade through the dunes of scattered merchandise in peace. What a great Christmas present. And just think of all the homeless people who will have a nice bed of jumbled merino V-neck sweaters!
At Macy's, A Shopping Marathon [SI Advance]
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The Herald Square Macy's — New York's great middlebrow shopping mecca — is now, perhaps surprisingly, the place where high fashion meets high art. The department store has installed pieces by contemporary artists like Misaki Kawai and Shannon Plumb in its windows, and at a Q&A session to launch the "Art Under Glass" exhibition, designer Anna Sui touted both the project as well as an upcoming retrospective of her work, which Macy’s will display during Fashion Week in September.
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Did Marcel From 'Top Chef' Really Just Rip Off Wylie Dufresne? [Grub Street]
Macy's windows themselves are a lot like the store's merchandise safe and middle of the road. Macy's does score the highest in holiday cheer for daring to place both Santa and the tiniest hint of a religious statement in its windows in the form of a lion lying down with the lamb. (The overwhelming secularism on display this season makes me think that Bill O'Reilly might, in fact, have a point.) The set design is only so-so, lacking the sheer density of Bergdorf's or the stylization of Saks'. And though each scene relates to the next, there isn't much of a story arc, either. And I'm penalizing Macy's further for its shameless embrace of Miracle on 34th Street, which is commemorated in a second set of windows featuring the sort of old-school animatronics that were state-of-the-art at the 1964 World's Fair. But the fact remains that the movie was set in Gimbels, not Macy's, and the latter doesn't deserve any credit simply for outlasting its rivals.
Holiday cheer: 8
Childlike wonder: 6
Set design: 6
Total: 23 (out of 40)
This year's winner is Saks, with 27 points!
Fear the windows at Saks and Bergdorf.
Feel overstylized at Bendel and Barneys.