Clothing retailer Madewell has brought a first-of-its-kind concept to Austin.
Madewell Commons opened this month at 1329 S. Congress Ave., just south of downtown Austin.
In addition to offering Madewell clothing, the new store is also meant to serve as a community gathering spot, with room for concerts, pop-up shops and other events.
Local businesses whose products are featured in the store include CK Goods, Moulton Jewelry, Settle Ceramics and Slantt Studio.
Austin’s Ft. Lonesome and Ace Tailors are on hand, as well, to customize purchases from Madewell’s Denim Bar.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to open Madewell Commons in the heart of one of our favorite cities,” Madewell president Libby Wadle said in a written statement. “Our goal is to introduce retail formats that foster deeper connections between our stores and their local communities.”
Additional Madewell Commons locations are planned across the nation this year and into 2019.
Addition at outlets
There’s a new addition at San Marcos Premium Outlets.
The shopping center, at 3939 S. Interstate 35 in San Marcos, has welcomed the state’s first Jimmy Choo outlet.
You will find the 2,300-square-foot shop next to CH Carolina Herrera.
The Jimmy Choo outlet carries a variety of men’s and women’s shoes, handbags and accessories.
“We’re thrilled to have Jimmy Choo join San Marcos Premium Outlets’ diverse lineup of retailers and restaurants,” Celena McGuill, director of marketing and business development, said. “We are continually looking for opportunities to provide shoppers with an elevated retail experience and we believe the opening of the Jimmy Choo outlet will exceed shopper expectations.”
Liquor chain deal
An Austin-based liquor store chain is expanding into the Dallas area.
Twin Liquors has acquired Sigel’s Fine Wines and Great Spirits, a chain that had been struggling through bankruptcy.
The deal closed June 29. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sigel’s has locations scattered across North Texas in the cities of Dallas, Richardson and Rockwall.
“Twin Liquors, Central Texas’ fine wine and spirits retailer, is pleased to announce its expansion into the Dallas market with the acquisition of Sigel’s, a Dallas liquor chain that includes eight retail stores in addition to wholesale business in Dallas, Collin and Rockwall counties,” Twin Liquors said in a written statement. “Both brands are family owned and have a long history in Texas. This acquisition further expands Twin Liquors’ footprint across the state.”
Twin Liquors got its start in Austin in 1937, operated by members of the Jabour family. Today, the chain has almost 100 locations in Austin, College Station and Houston.
New furniture option
Living Spaces has opened a 500,000-square-foot furniture showroom and distribution center in Pflugerville.
The store is the La Mirada, Calif.-based chain’s first location in Texas.
Beck’s Prime, a Houston burger chain, has a restaurant inside the new Living Spaces. There’s also a climbing wall and a children’s play area.
“As a native Texan and graduate of the University of Texas, Austin is a city near and dear to my heart,” said Grover Geiselman, CEO and founder of Living Spaces. “Since we first opened our doors in California in 2003, we have watched Austin expand and evolve into one of the most dynamic cities in the country.
“Every time I returned to visit friends and family, it was clear that something special was happening here. Austin’s historical open, inclusive culture has been mixing with fresh new concepts in tech, fashion, music and food to create a breeding ground for original ideas. We are thrilled to introduce our thoughtfully designed, well-priced home furnishings to fellow Texans. More importantly, we are excited to join the vibrant community of Pflugerville and the greater Austin area.”
The Pflugerville Living Spaces location created an estimated 140 new jobs, the company said.
The express lane
There’s a new Costco location at 1901 Kelly Lane in Pflugerville. It’s the fourth Costco in Central Texas, joining stores in Southwest Austin, Northwest Austin and Cedar Park. Casper has opened a store at 3200 Palm Way in the Domain Northside development, selling mattresses and an assortment of other sleep products.. Both the Austin Warby Parker showrooms – 1317 S. Congress Ave. and 11700 Domain Blvd. – now sell the chain’s line of children’s eyewear.