Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Directory of Rookwood Commons stores

Cards & Gifts
Bankhardt's Luggage & Gifts

Clothing & Accessories
Abercrombie & Fitch
Allen Edmonds
American Eagle
Ann Taylor
Banana Republic
Coldwater Creek
Eddie Bauer
The Gap
J'Williams Jewelers
Motherhood Maternity
Nina Paul
Old Navy
The Walking Store
Ultra Jewelers

Food & Restaurants
Buca di Beppo
J. Alexander's
Maggie Moos
Max & Erma's
PF Chang's
Wild Oats

Home Accessories
Baker Furniture
Bed Bath & Beyond
Norwalk The Furniture Idea
People's Pottery
Pier One Imports
Sur La Table
Yankee Candle
Z Gallerie

Abercrombie Kids
Children's Place
Zany Brainy

Salon & Beauty
Salon LA

Ritz Camera

        Rookwood Commons, in the collective lap of dense and well-to-do neighborhoods, is crafted for the shoppers of Hyde Park, O'Bryonville and Crestview Hills. Of the 45 upscale merchants, about a dozen are new to the Cincinnati market. Following are profiles, with opening dates.

What it is: The upper-scale, feminine version of Urban Outfitters, the funky chain of eclectic furniture and apparel stores that target the 20-something set. Specializes in reproduced designs of furniture, gifts and apparel picked up from Europe, India and the Far East. All merchandise is exclusive to Anthropologie.
        Founded: 1992.
        Opening: Sept. 1.
        Based: Philadelphia.
        Stores: 20 in 11 states.

Z Gallerie
What it is: Contemporary home furniture and accessories store easily compared to Pottery Barn, but with larger furniture pieces such as beds and armoires, and a print gallery. Furnishings for all rooms of the house, including bathroom. Prices similar to Pottery Barn.
        Now open
        Based: Gardena, Calif.
        Stores: 34 in 10 states.

Wild Oats
What it is: One-stop, full-service supermarket specializing in organic and gourmet foods, medicinal herbs, vitamins and related products. Company operates under several names, including Wild Oats Community Market, Alfalfa's Market, Henry's Marketplace, Nature's Fresh and Nature's Northwest, Sun Harvest Market and Capers Community Market.
        Founded: 1987.
        Now open
        Based: Boulder, Colo.
        Stores: 111 in 22 states.

Coldwater Creek
What it is: Best known for its catalogs, Coldwater's trademark is comfortable, casual women's apparel, jewelry, gifts and soft home accessories. With a loyal catalog following, Coldwater often targets store locations by the density of catalog users in the market.
        Founded: 1984.
        Now open
        Based: Sandpoint, Idaho.
        Stores: Four in four states, plus 12 outlet stores.

Sur la Table
What it is: Another retailer best known by its catalogs, Sur la Table features upscale kitchen gadgets, tabletop items, cutlery and specialty foods. The Cincinnati store will be its first in the Midwest (followed in the fall by a Chicago store). Will not include a culinary program.
        Founded: 1972.
        Now open
        Based: Seattle.
        Stores: 15 in five states.

Baker Furniture
What it is: Upscale furniture manufacturer and dealer known for quality pieces and a timeless look, from classic to contemporary. Higher prices that Z Gallerie. Also sells its furniture through separate dealers — Bittner's and Closson's locally. A member of the Kohler family of businesses.
        Founded: 1893.
        Now open
        Based: Kohler, Wis.
        Stores: Five in four states and England.

Zany Brainy
What it is: A specialty chain selling better quality educational toys, games, books and multimedia products for kids up to 12 years old. Known for in-store events to create an interactive experience for children and adults.
        Founded: 1991.
        Now open
        Based: King of Prussia, Pa.
        Stores: More than 100 in 28 states.

J. Alexanders
What it is: Casual-dining with a contemporary American menu. Features hardwood-grilled steaks, salmon, daily fresh seafood selections and chicken. Known for prime rib of beef and baby-back ribs.
        Founded: 1971.
        Now open
        Based: Nashville, Tenn.
        Stores: 21 in 11 states.

Buca di Beppo
What it is: Roughly translating to “Joe's basement,” this is a self-effacing eatery in a campy setting reminiscent of 1950s Italian restaurants. Features large portions of traditional dishes and a unique table in the kitchen, with reservations.
        Founded: 1993.
        Now open
        Based: Minneapolis.
        Stores: About 50 in 18 states.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
What it is: A blend of high quality, traditional Chinese cuisine married with American hospitality in a sophisticated, contemporary bistro setting. The tried and true low meins come with martini and wine lists.
        Founded: 1993.
        Opening: Sept. 4.
        Based: Phoenix.
        Stores: 36 in 24 states.

Bed, Bath & Beyond
What it is: A large-format retailer that sells bed linens and related services, bath items and kitchen textiles. Home furnishings include kitchen and tabletop items, basic housewares and general home furnishings.
        Founded: 1971.
        Now open
        Based: Union, N.J.
        Stores: 190 stores in 35 states.

Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co.
What it is: Specialty coffee shop featuring specialty coffee drinks and teas, gourmet foods and gifts. Will have outdoor seating.
        Founded: 1980.
        Now open
        Based: Winter Park, Fla.
        Stores: More than 100 in 16 states.

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