Retail was my life for many years. My first job in High School was at the Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier stocking shelves and arranging ski and Topsiders at the Boatique. In college I worked at Worth's, Casual Corner and Hickory Farms. When I graduated with my business degree I worked my way through the Macy's training program as a Men's department manager, as an assistant buyer in Home Accessories and as the senior merchant over the Home store, Kids and Shoes. Next came merchant at Office Depot North America.
Why to I bore you with all of this? Simply put I have done my time in retail stores. Shopping the competition.... putting together displays...planogramming the shelves and dressing the windows....designing a store format for downtown stores and frankly I have seen a lot of good windows!(Thank you NYC at Christmas!)
That being said - THERE IS NO ONE BETTER, DAY in and DAY out than ANTHROPOLOGIE! They have taken the dream of a window display coupled it with the core of the company vision (found items) and made us celebrateagain. Retail should be theater! At Anthropologie they get that. It is our escape. We shop for entertainment. All of those big department stores that we used to enjoy as children have become homogeneous clones of one another. I go to Anthropologie for flight of fancy and a theatrical WOW!
Do not assume this store is just for the younger set. Go in - it will make you rethink what retail should be and what creatively you should expect from a store that cares about thrilling you, its customer.