|A view of the Seattle skyline from the Bainbridge Island Ferry, "Tacoma"|
Our final visit of the day (after a lengthy stop at the Verizon store to figure out why Beautiful Daughter #2's Blackberry wasn't working, and where the store manager was VERY helpful - although the stop itself wasn't exactly fun) was NORDSTROM. For more than 40 years now, Nordstrom has been my very favorite store anywhere on the planet. Their touted service isn't just an urban legend, it's a fact. Time and time again, Nordstrom employees have demonstrated that their job is to help customers, and they do it so well! I bought my first pair of grown-up high heels at Nordstrom when I was twelve, and the clerk treated me as courteously as he did any of his other customers - that means a lot to a 12 -year old.
Then, the day before my wedding, when my bridesmaid's dresses (purchased at another store), had not arrived, the buyer in the Bridal department sold me better dresses at the same price as the original ones - and did the alterations for free while my bridesmaids waited. Who can ever forget such service???
Another time, Wonderful Husband bought a pair of trousers literally after the store closed (at 9:15 pm!), and someone did the alterations in the middle of the night, and had them delivered to our hotel before we left at 10:00 am to catch our flight home.
And this time, Ari had a pair of shoes that she received for her birthday that were the wrong size, Nordstrom exchanged them because they carried the same shoe, even though they weren't purchased there.
I just can't say enough good things about Nordstrom. Or Seattle, for that matter. It was a great day!