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In this week's edition of Critical Shopper, Alexandra Jacobs heads to Nordstrom-owned Treasure & Bond. She calls the downstairs level a "more ambitious, eclectic Urban Outfitters," and says: "It is no longer enough for a store to sell this season's snappy little numbers; it also has to be a library, a museum, a philanthropic powerhouse, seducing a customer with explicit appeals to her intellect (or her pretension), her worldliness (or wanderlust) and her moral sense (or guilt)." Or maybe, "it just has to offer her frosted cookies." [NYT]