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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Visit to Seattle Nordstrom Corporate Offices

I know.  It's been since October 2012 since my last post, and that photo was actually taken in September.  The reason for my absence?  My boys are in a part-time independent study / part-time on-campus school program.  I agreed to do the part-time thing because as of the moment it's the only way to get into this school if the lottery does not work out in your favor.  Sadly, we did not win the lottery to get into this school last May.  So, wish us luck that my younger son's waiting list number moves 23 more spaces.  (His waiting list number is better than my older son's.)  If they call us by the end of this school year, he will be in full-time, with the independent study being done and over with for him.  This will also take my older son off the regular waiting list and onto the Sibling Priority list.  If they don't call us by the next lottery date in May, we have to enter the lottery again.  As of October 2012, there were 901 students on this wait list.  Until we get in full-time, I'm teaching my kids part-time, which takes away my time from the fashion blogging.  I'm too exhausted by the end of the night for blogging.  I'm hoping to be able to blog more again this summer, or sooner if some luck is sprinkled upon us and we get into the school full-time!

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.

More shoes from 1901; old photos and posters from the company on the office wall; me telling Blake how much I love Nordstrom.  :/

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.


  1. I'm so happy to see a post from you! I hope we see more soon.
    Wow....that waiting list is long. I hope it works out.

    I've never heard of a part-time, part independent study type of schooling but I wish it was an option for my eight year old!

  2. Hi Lisa,

    The waiting list has over 100 students per grade level, and this school goes K-8. My son's original wait list number is 43, and it's moved up 20 spaces since the end of February. It might have moved since then, but I've stopped bugging the office about our status. Much of this school year I've been quite upset about the waiting list, but as of last month I swore to myself to not be upset about it any longer because there is not a thing I can do about it. I have finally learned to let it go.

    The neat thing about the Independent Study, we call it IS, is that there is major flexibility with our schedules. We can hop on a plane or take a road trip on a Wednesday night and go somewhere for a long weekend as long as the school work is completed by Monday. We have Disneyland passes, so we are able to go on the one weekday both of my kids are not on campus. It's nice to go when everyone else is in school and there are no crowds. :) I just make sure to split up the work for that day on the two previous school nights.

    I am curious about why you'd be interested an independent study program for your child? If you'd like please email me at so we can discuss.

  3. I live in Seattle and my (former) dentist office was near Nordstrom HQ. After a lengthy root canal I rounded the corner to the parking garage. I found myself standing on the corner with both Blake and Peter Nordstrom. Both of them turned, smiled and one of them said hello. I was still horribly numb from my dental work and I think I was possibly drooling as I raised my eyebrows and nodded hi back. So embarrassing!

    1. Thanks Sarah, what a great story! Once at my local Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza, the store manager saw me and pulle me aside to tell me that Erik Nordstrom was in the building and wanted to introduce me to him since she knew I was such a fan. They were having a meeting and I was so worried about interrupting them. She said the customer comes first, and the customer wants to meet him! So I got to meet him! It was so amazing. I was shaking.