The best kind of retail therapy

Those waiting to shop till they drop at the preopening of Norwalk’s Nordstrom at The SoNo Collection on Thursday, Oct. 10, needn’t feel the teensiest bit guilty. It’s all for a great cause. The Seattle-based retailer has selected Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) as the recipients of all proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales while underwriting the cost of the event. Although fashion will be front and center, Nordstrom will also provide attendees with a moment to learn more about the critical work these organizations are doing in Fairfield County.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Nordstrom for selecting Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to be a recipient of their generosity before they have even opened their doors,” says Juanita James, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation president and CEO as well as one of WAG’s Fascinating Women of 2019. “It is a wonderful feeling to be recognized by such an admirable company that has a passion for being part of the community where they do business. We are honored and looking forward to a fabulous event.”

Nordstrom is not only opening a new full-line retail store in Norwalk. It is making an investment in the local community, which is integral to its corporate philosophy and an important part of how it does business. Party guests will be among the first to preview the new store exclusively, while enjoying cocktails, gourmet delights, desserts, entertainment, fashion presentations and an opportunity to shop some of the season’s best looks. Men’s and women’s fashion presentations will rotate throughout the evening, highlighting new styles for the fall season.

“The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is thrilled to be a community partner to Nordstrom as they expand their retail business to lower Fairfield County, as well as co-beneficiary of the ‘Nordstrom Night Out’ Event,’” says Boardie Kurz, the DVCC’s development director. “Domestic violence is an issue that crosses all socioeconomic, racial and gender barriers. The services we provide are lifelines for many of our clients. We are grateful for the support of Nordstrom and look forward to a fantastic evening.”

Tickets are $100 per person and are available at For more, visit

edited by Georgette Gouveia

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