On a different note, I've been wanting to share about our trip to Seattle last summer. I'm such a big fan of Nordstrom that I was able to get them to give me a private tour of the corporate offices in Downtown Seattle. It was an amazing opportunity for me.
The Nordstrom Corporate Headquarters are up on the sixth floor of the flagship downtown store #1.
To begin the tour, the concierge said she'd take us behind the scenes of any department. I wanted to see the shoe department.
Up on the sixth floor there is this very cool timeline of photographs placed on the hallway wall showing the company's history. The first store to open outside the Pacific Northwest region was the store that opened in South Coast Plaza in 1978, which is my local Nordstrom in Orange County. I happened to be at that grand opening when I was 9 years old. I told this to the store manager of the downtown Seattle flagship store, and I think this is probably why they agreed to let me see the corporate offices behind the scenes. They were mighty impressed (or freaked) that I actually knew that the company expanded to South Coast Plaza as their first adventure away from the Pacific Northwest.
The hallway timeline at the Nordstrom Corporate Offices Downtown Seattle Flagship Store:
The South Coast Plaza store within the timeline:
After the timeline, the concierge said that since I'm such a huge Nordstrom fan that knows so much about their company, she had a special treat for me. She said we get to visit the CEO Blake Nordstrom in his office. We had 20 minutes. This guy is a celebrity to me. I was freaked.
Blake showed us shoes from their first store in 1901.
Blake was so down to earth, so friendly, so happy to have a loyal customer truly excited to be there. He gave me a signed book that his grandfather wrote about the history of the company that was written in 1950. You can't buy this book. It is so amazing. I'll never forget this experience.