STEPH DEROSA: TACOMA NORDSTROM GALA SEPT. 30, 2008 >>>
Nordyâ€™s got me drunk last night. Iâ€™m not gonna lie. While most every other â€œmediaâ€ person has given you the boring, obvious report of how the new Tacoma Nordstrom store is bigger, shinier, more selection, blah blah, blah â€" this social girl is just now rollinâ€™ out of bed from treating last night like a party. I need some Pepto, stat!
Upon our arrival, Brian Townsend (Tacoma Mall Nordstromâ€™s store
manager) was called to give JCB and me a personal, guided tour. He was
so proud of his new baby; you could see it in his eyes. I asked him how
he was feeling inside, and he was obviously very relieved, â€œItâ€™s like
planning a wedding. All that time, and that day is finally here.â€
As we made our way across the expansive, shiny floors we heard a voice
call, â€œDaddy! Daaaadeeeee!â€ Mr. Townsend looked at us, smiled and said,
â€œThatâ€™s my daughter and her boyfriend.â€
â€œDaddy? Can I have these shoes? Look how cute they are! They match perfect! Please?â€
â€œJust one! One pair only!â€ he replied.
My mind immediately started playing â€œDamn, it feels good to be a
gangster.â€ I was envious. I would love to have all Nordstromâ€™s shoes at
my disposal. Mr. Townsend was letting his daughter have a pair of shoes
because remember: this is a special occasion, like a wedding.
The most brilliant move in Nordstromâ€™s Opening Gala planning was putting
free drinks in between the two things that attract women the most:
shoes and makeup. That is damn brilliant, Nordyâ€™s, damn brilliant. I
dropped a pretty penny on some Mac makeup after a T-Town Tini, thatâ€™s
JCB and I had fun making jokes about some of the shoes. Sorry Nordyâ€™s.
There were simply too many to like them all. Thatâ€™s what you get for
trying to please everyone, Nordstromâ€™s. Although we did think Matt
Driscoll already had a pair of these gold, shiny kicks.
Mojitos flowed like the Puyallup River. Minus the Salmon. One after the
other, the Mojitos came to us. Constantly. At times we double fisted.
Yes, we got lit. I palled around with my hilarious friend Jessica
Corddry for a bit, who does nothing but instigate trouble.
We liked all the cute waiters. A lot. One had a black eye, and we
thought that was extra hot. Corddry found out it was from playing
Rugby. Oh, man, even hotter. Then friend Allison Swarner pointed out
that Rugby players hug a lot while playing the sport. Sweaty, dirty,
grunting men piled up on each other? I just about had to excuse myself
for a moment alone.
It was at that point the poor Rugby-playing waiter ran away from us.
But seriously, look how cute the waiters were.
The Dudley Manlove Quartet jazzed up some amazing â€™80s covers that set
the tone of our evening, making it all right. JCB quickly realized
there were five men in the quartet, and that if she Googled â€œDudley
Manlove Quartetâ€ sheâ€™d probably run into a few porn websites.
I had a blast running into and hanging out with the Swarner ladies, a
ton of Tacoma bloggers, Jennifer Colley from Posh Home, my girl JCB, and
Jessica Corddry. What a
fantastically good time we had. Thank you, Nordyâ€™s! And thank you to
the Galaâ€™s benefactors, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass, for
being a part of what makes Tacoma cool.
LINK: More gala photos on the Photo Hot Spot