Monday, April 27, 2015

Touring Neiman Marcus

At Stockton And Geary Street In Union Square

I will be the first to admit that I am not sophisticated, which is why my girlfriends and I so much enjoyed our self guided tour around Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. I never shop at Neiman Marcus. The only thing I've ever bought from there is a Christmas snow globe and chocolate nutcracker.  Even if I could afford it, I could never justify spending that much money on designer clothing. But it was sure fun to look!

When I peeked at the price of one of these handbags ($1500.00), I uttered a very unsophisticated “Whoa!”
My friends and I went to Union Square in San Francisco. Union Square is an urban park surrounded by luxury retail stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, art galleries, theaters, etc.. Because it was a "Budget Day Trip,” we brought our lunch, stole seating at a cafĂ© table, and ate looking over Union Square. Unfortunately, the square itself was temporarily fenced off while they dismantled a corporate event. No matter, we still enjoyed our lunch.

One Of San Francisco’s Many Fund-Raising Heart Sculptures
On The Eve Of The Civil War, Pro-Union Demonstrators Used To Rally In Union Square
Macy’s Is One Of Several Major Department Stores That Surround Union Square
After lunch we walked to Neiman Marcus, located at Stockton and Geary Street. This particular Neiman’s features a beautiful rotunda with a stained glass dome. The dome, and an old atrium, is all that is left of the original building - a California historical landmark -  built by an old San Francisco department store called The City of Paris. Despite a large public outcry, Neiman Marcus demolished the building to replace it with one of their own design. Besides preserving the rotunda, Neiman Marcus kept up the tradition (established in 1909) of placing a huge Christmas tree in its center.

The Golden Ship Honors The Ships That Transported French Merchandise To The City Of Paris Store
Now I'll give you a little tour of the interior of Neiman Marcus; we had a lot of fun without spending a cent.

The Store Was Practically Empty When We Were There During The Week

Patiently Waiting

We Were Told The Hats Will Quickly Sell Out To Ladies Going To The Kentucky Derby

We Were Out-Shined By The Mannequins!

I Think The Shoe Department Was Our Favorite


Fringe Anyone?

I'll Take This One
I Guess This Is How You Feel When Wearing A Gown Bought At Neiman Marcus!

Where Would You Wear These? Though They Do Look Fun . .

At Last - A Practical, Though Expensive, Shirt!
The Rotunda Restaurant - Yelp Reviews Here

Beautiful View From The Restaurant

Looking Down From The Restaurant Balcony
No one seemed to mind me taking photos until I visited the last department - the Children's Department. Even though there were no children present, the sales lady got very upset and called the store's public relations person. I was politely told that they "don't allow pictures in Neiman Marcus," except for pictures of the rotunda. Luckily, I was done anyway!

See The Sales Lady Leaning On Her Desk, Glaring At Me!

Hours And Directions  

If you go: parking is expensive in San Francisco. I parked at one of the  cheaper lots - the
Sutter Stockton Garage, 444 Stockton and Bush.

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