Just down the road from Rockefeller, at Lexington Avenue and 51st Street, is one of the prettiest Art Deco skyscrapers in Manhattan. It’s the old General Electric Building, and its history is intertwined with its more famous, Christmas friendly neighbor. The building went up in 1931, originally intended to house the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), a corporation that had itself been founded by General Electric in 1919 (and only sold in 1930 as the result of anti trust charges).
This person knows what they are doing, and remembers learning how to do it. They are not as capable as the Unconsciously Competent person. Nevertheless, they know what they know and they know how to transfer it to someone else if they are motivated and are not afraid of losing their own place.
It a testament to the radical changes happening in shopping malls that one of downtown Toronto chicest cocktail lounges opened in mid September inside a Nordstrom department store.Habitant, the visually striking four sided bar that sits in the heart of the men department on Nordstrom second floor, serves up Negronis and snacks to those who want to escape the Eaton Centre din on a busy day or need some liquid inspiration to open up their wallets.The bar is only one of a dizzying array of services Nordstrom has incorporated into its format to inject some zing into the 115 year old department store chain.In addition to another caf and a full service restaurant to round out its food offerings, the company fourth Canadian store features a 24 hour concierge service for late night fashion emergencies; a clubhouse lounge and changing area with flatscreen TVs tuned to sports; an extra spacious fitting room to accommodate groups of women who shop together; and a children shoe department that hosts monthly shoe tying classes.The service heavy philosophy, coupled with a dose of theatre, is a fitting example of how stores and the malls they inhabit across North America are adapting during an unprecedented period of change for the industry.Gone are the days when you could build ubiquitous, commodity based retail spaces with ugly front doorsare the days when you could build ubiquitous, commodity based retail spaces with ugly front doors, Finley McEwen, senior vice president of development at Canadian mall developer Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd., told an industry audience last month at the International Council of Shopping Centres convention in Toronto. Customer has way better things to do than fight through traffic to get to spaces like that.