You would be hard pressed to be in a ladies dressing room just about anywhere and not hear the words “It will look good when I have Spanx on.”
No matter the size, no matter the demographic, the sassy shapewear went from fad to mainstream and it’s not going away.
And now, New England’s first Spanx store has opened at Westfarms Mall.
Spanx, in case you don’t know, is the brand name of that slimming shapewear developed by Sara Blakely, the now 43-year-old self-made billionaire who has made what you wear under your clothes a household (and dressing room) word.
Ans she didn’t stop there. Blakely has expanded the line to include apparel, swimswear, men’s underclothes , tights, leggings and is poised to add jeans as well as she begins launching her stand-alone stores across the nation.
But why Connecticut as the first New England location? She says customers in this area of New England are among her “biggest” followers.
Blakely talked with Java earlier this week and weshare it all here.
If you planned to take the kiddies to Rainforest Cafe over winter vacation, forget about it. The place closed Monday.
The land of jungle rainstorms, robotic gorillas and elephants with a side of food, closed its Westfarms location to the surprise of everyone, including its employees.
‘We didn’t know, it was a surprise to us,’ said one employee who asked not to be identified. ‘We are all looking for jobs.’+
The Westfarms lcation was the only Rainforest Cafe in Connecticut. It is part of the Texas-based Landry’s properties that also include Chart House and Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Company officials said the decision to close was made as its lease at the mall ended.
“We are committed to providing our guests with a quality dining experience and we look forward serving our loyal patrons at our locations in Burlington, MA and Edison, NJ.” said Keith Beitler, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – Specialty Restaurants Division in an emailed statement. “At this time there are not any plans to open a new Rainforest Cafe in CT.”
Beitler said the company is discussing employee relocation opportunities with other Landry’s restaurants in the area.
Forever 21, a juniors apparel store now located in another mall storefront, is supposed to relocate to the first floor space that will be vacated, according to mall general manager Kevin Keenan.