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Friends, gather round -- behold this week's edition of Racked Seattle, where all the good retail gospel is spread by your girl, Ali Brownrigg. Check back here everything Thursday for news, tips, sales and events, and if you've got fun tips for our in-house sartorial mastermind, hit the tipline at

A Convenient Bulls Eye: As you may or may not have noticed Target is building out a new location, a CityTarget, in downtown Seattle at Second and Pike on a traditionally grimy corner where open-air illegal commerce converges around confused, wide-eyed tourists. The new store is set to open on July 29 in what once was the Newmark Center back in the '90's where it replaced an old JC Penny. Apparently, the brand’s newest concept will have a smaller footprint than existing Target mega-marts, but will still carry the same stock “guests” have come to know and count on. This new store is the first of a handful of CityTargets slated to open soon. The second one is opening in Chicago on the same day (sorry Chi-town, you are indeed the second store opening, got it straight from the horse's mouth, as it were), with Portland, San Francisco and LA also on the horizon.

In anticipation of, and to garner attention for, the grand opening next month the Seattle CityTarget is hosting two events starting today, Thursday, June 28. Climb aboard the Bainbridge ferry between 2 and 7 p.m. today, tomorrow and July 8, 26, 27 and 28 for some free mini golf, complete with prizes. And today and tomorrow only, shop the brand’s famous “GoTube” pop-up shop at Westlake Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., which will be filled to the brim with affordable kids’ games and toys, sporting goods and sunglasses.
[Photo by SeattlePI's Inside Belltown]

Nordstrom News: Thank you, Nordstrom, for providing us so much fodder each week for our fledgling Racked Seattle! This week, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports that, after decades of looking, Nordstrom has finally signed an ($300 million) agreement to open a (7-story, 300,000-foot) store on the north side of 57th Street and east of Broadway in Manhattan. The brand opened a Rack in the Big Apple a few years ago, but so far a full-scale Nordstrom is one thing we’ve had that New Yorkers haven’t. It appears that the building has yet to be built, so eager Manhattanites will have to wait until 2018 to shop at theirs. (PSBJ)

Summer Bling: While known for their diamonds, local jewelry powerhouse, Blue Nile, is fixing to launch a bunch of new semi-precious baubles next week, many of which come in at under $260, including bright and bold Cushion Cut Pendants with chalcedony, aquamarine, amethyst, lemon quartz and tourmaline set in gold vermeil – just perfect for a summer fling. And you saw them here first.

Sales and events

Lamb’s Ear: Save 30 percent off shoes and accessories from a pantheon of stellar and coveted designers like Lina Rennell, Clare Vivier, Dieppa Restrepo, A Detacher and Rachel Comey at this hip Fremont shop.

Mercer: This University Village and Sammamish denim destination’s semi-annual clearance sale starts today with markdowns from 20 to 50 percent. You’ll likely find great deals on every boutique line you’ve ever loved at this one.

Clementine: Start July off with a bang before the fireworks at Clementine Shoe’s first-ever online designer discount sale. Beginning this Sunday, July 1, at, you'll find marked down shoes from top designers like John Fluevog, Cydwoq and Accessoire, and $100 off best sellers from Chie Mihara. Head to their Facebook page starting Friday to find out how you can get an additional 10 percent off your online purchase. As an aside, Clementine always goes big during their annual sidewalk sale during West Seattle’s Summer Fest, which is coming up on July 12-15. Mark that one down in pen in your calendar.