Nordstrom open at Ridgedale

Big news for Nordstrom fans: The new Ridgedale location in Minnetonka is now open and includes some family-friendly features — just in time for your holiday shopping escapades.

In the kids’ apparel and shoe department, families will find a playhouse with a 32-inch touch screen with interactive games, plus a selection of books and toys. The Seattle-based retailer also will offer shoe-tying classes, free “Nordy” balloons for kids and a new Italian-inspired concept restaurant, Ruscello, offering entrees, apps, house-made desserts, a full bar and multiple kid-friendly menu options.

Nordstrom’s only other full-line store in the Twin Cities is at the Mall of America. (This past April, a new Nordstrom Rack store opened at Knollwood in St. Louis Park.)

Another fun facet of the kids’ department is a large tile display (pictured below), featuring the work of 130 kids ages 5 to 12, who participated in tile-painting party benefitting the Science Museum of Minnesota. Proceeds from the event went to support the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, which focuses on engaging students from communities underrepresented in STEM disciplines.