Withering Glance: Price-check in Aisle 4

  • Updated: April 12, 2013 - 2:25 PM
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Southdale shopping mall in Edina has undergone a recent renovation aimed at reviving the famed mall.

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

 

CP: I would go shopping with you, but I will be on Lanvin.com for a few more hours.

 

RN: And here I was under the impression that you were a Gilt.com devotee.

 

CP: It seems that it’s been decided: I must have orange chinos and a rope-bottom sneaker for spring. Who am I to object?

 

RN: Your enthusiasm for online browsing does make me curious about the shelf life of the bricks-and-mortar shopping mall.

 

CP: Oh, I have become more than a mere browser. Where I browse is at actual stores. Then I come home and fire up Laptopdale.

 

RN: I think I just felt the collective shudder from the owners of the newly — and, I might add, quite handsomely — revamped Southdale.

 

CP: Macy’s may not have that sneaker in my size, but Zappos does. That website is to me what booze is to Ray Milland in “The Lost Weekend.”

 

RN: To me, Zappos is to 2013 what Dayton’s was to 1998. You know, my shopping be-all and end-all. Well, minus the eighth-floor auditorium flower show. And the Oak Grill. But who needs validated parking when you can shop at 1 a.m. in your boxer briefs?

 

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