I just attended the press preview for the new Walnut Creek Neiman Marcus store, set to open to the public on Friday. The space is AMAZING in many different ways. The space is bathed in natural light from the windows to the far reaches of the store. The store was designed to bring the outdoors in and to use many organic and natural elements while showcasing the height of luxury products. We were given a very in depth tour of the store by some of the execs from the headquarters in Dallas, as well as the Walnut Creek executives and associates. There are 143 pieces of original art in the store, including pieces from some 30 local artists. Stanley Marcus, son of one of the founders of NM had a penchant for art and had one of the most impressive art collections around. His first acquisition was a large scale mobile, Mariposa, by the artist Alexander Calder in 1951. Today NM has a full time curator and over 2500 pieces in their collection. The tradition continues in Walnut Creek…
Jamie Broadhurst, General Manager, moved up to this area from the Newport Beach, Fashion Island NM store and couldn’t be happier to be here. He loves how “active” our demographic is and has felt a real connection to the community. Jamie says “the openness of the store and the art really set it apart”. Meghan Mino Murray, Public Relations Manager, is a local girl returning “home”, as she is originally from Danville. She was previously at the Beverly Hills NM store. Other than a handful of executives, most of the 200 employees, culled from 800 applicants, are from the surrounding area.
The Walnut Creek Neiman‘s has several “shops” within the store including Chanel, Gucci and Balenciaga handbags. For men there is Ermenegildo Zegna and Armani Collezioni. In women’s there is Chanel, Jil Saunder, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Brunello Cucinelli. These in addition to the many other designers the store carries. The women’s shoe department is my idea of what heaven is like…beautiful shoes laid out as far as the eye can see! It feels like there is more square footage in the Walnut Creek women’s shoe department than is in the San Francisco women’s shoes. Of course they carry the obvious designers like Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin along with Valentino, Prada, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Michael Kors and MANY more! That space in particular is stunning, as it is right along the exterior windows with plenty of cushy places to sit including several pairs of mid-century modern chartreuse chairs. These looked nap-worthy to me, I promise husbands and partners will LOVE them. Speaking of husbands, there is a wonderful men’s lounge incorporated into the men’s fitting room area. Comfortable chairs, TV, Wifi and the gentlemen are good to go!
There is also a well appointed personal shopping area that will be used by many a stylist, including MOI. There are spa/treatment rooms adjacent to the cosmetics department on the first floor along with a small, but cozy Neiman‘s cafe on the 2nd floor. This store will be the 42nd full line store for Neiman Marcus and that brings it to 7 stores in California, tied with Texas and Florida. It seems as though the excitement has been building as the opening date gets closer and I can’t think of a better addition to the Broadway Plaza retail scene than Neiman‘s. Welcome to the East Bay Neiman Marcus, we’ve been waiting for you!!!