Nordstrom readies for opening at Mayfair

Nordstrom Mayfair
Nordstrom's long-awaited Mayfair store while it was under construction.

High-end department store Nordstrom will officially open its Mayfair Mall store in Wauwatosa on Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. But not without a little pre-opening fanfare.

Nordstrom Mayfair
Nordstrom’s long-awaited Mayfair store while it was under construction.

The store will host an Opening Gala, followed by a Fashionably Late event, on Wednesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. The gala, which will offer cocktails, dinner, live music and fashion presentations, costs $100 per ticket and aims to raise more than $160,000 for three local charities. Tickets can be purchased at

Immediately following the gala, from 9 to 11 p.m., the Fashionably Late event will feature music, DJs, shopping, cocktail treats and surprises and food trucks. That event costs $25, and tickets are available at

Nordstrom will also host an Opening Day Beauty Bash from 8 to 10 a.m. in front of its first floor mall entrance. Customers awaiting the big reveal will be treated to makeup applications, consultations and tips from the store’s beauty advisors, as well as snacks and other treats. The first 1,500 customers will get a beauty tote bag.

And on Saturday, Oct. 24, Nordstrom will host a Tile Find Party from 8 to 10 a.m. for children who painted tiles to benefit Discovery World back in April. Those children will be invited to the store to find their tiles, which have been installed in the Kids’ Wear department, and eat some treats.

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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