A new Milwaukee Street shop, a jewelry sale, and Macy's new off-price initiative.

Did you attend last night’s Third Ward Fashion Fest? If so, let me know what you thought about it in the comments. And read on about what I’m mulling over this week:

  • Children’s store Sydney b. (1350 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon) opened a dance component called Sydney b. Dance on Thursday, which sells dance apparel and Russian pointe shoes.
  • Brookfield shopping development The Corners will break ground on May 12. The development will be anchored by Von Maur. According to a release, The Corners will open in the fall of 2016.
  • The annual Bead&Button show, which takes place at the Wisconsin Center (400 W. Wisconsin Ave.), will host a first-ever Artisan Jewelry Marketplace. From June 5-7, the marketplace will be, essentially, a large jewelry sale with free admission to the public.
  • In happy news for interior design hawks, the West Elm in the Third Ward will open June 4. The store will be working with five Wisconsin designers on its West Elm LOCAL initiative, which will be sold in the store.
  • A new shop called Rock Paper Scissors recently opened at 757 N. Milwaukee St. It sells reasonably affordable art, concrete art and decor pieces (a personal favorite), jewelry, candles, lip balm and stationery.
  • In an attempt to grab some of the success of off-price stores like T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s is launching four Macy’s Backstage stores in the New York area. According to a company press release, the stores will offer and assortment of discounted “women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes, fashion accessories, housewares, home textiles, intimate apparel and jewelry.” They’re even testing a cafe at one of the pilot locations. So will they expand to Milwaukee, a market that just gained another T.J. Maxx and its first Nordstrom Rack in the last two years? We will have to wait and see.
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