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Although the Bloc's fancy facelift was set to wrap up last month, the DTLA shopping center's Macy's ready for the spotlight. After unveiling its renovated home goods department last week, the department store is officially toasting its own swanky upgrades with a host of happenings this Saturday.
As mentioned, the live/work/play hub's $180 million makeover (previous reports noted a price tag of $160MM) includes a fresh open-air look, a new Metro station, and a major revamp for its anchor tenant. Now spanning 250,000 square feet, Macy's upgraded its cosmetics counters (the beauty department now includes Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, MAC Cosmetics, and the Impulse Beauty Shop) and relocated its housewares and textiles department to the first level and added Kate Spade home goods to its mix.
In December, Macy's will debut its furniture department on the third floor; by the first quarter of 2016, construction on its exterior should be complete. (See what it'll look like in the rendering above.)
About those grand opening festivities on Saturday: starting at 9am, the first 200 shoppers score a $10 gift card, and one lucky customer will win a $500 Macy's shopping spree. At 12pm on the second level in the women's department, stylist and Pretty Little Liars costume designer Mandi Line will host a fall fashion showcase, and one attendee will enjoy a personal styling sesh and a $100 gift card.
Throughout the day, shoppers wil enjoy sweet treats from Bottega Louie and Hollywood Candy Girls, and healthy sips from Press Brothers Juicery. In addition, shoppers who spend $50 or more in the women's department will nab a pair of free tickets to the Grammy Museum. The grand opening bash continues with a live art show by artist Fabian Debora, and shoppers will get a chance to win his finished piece.
As far as the rest of the formerly bricked behemoth's upgrades, The Bloc reveals that its main square, office lobby, hotel, valet area, and 7th Street entrance to Macy's will be ready by the end of this year. Stay tuned for updates on the rest of the "boutique"-focused directory's additions, which include concept shop/gallery Free Market, menswear retailer Wingtip, boozy movie theatre Alamo Drafthouse, Mr. G Toys, tech shop BrandsWalk, and more.