Best discount clothing store (2000)
The Nordstrom Rack
Even if you've never had the nerve to set foot in the pricey Galleria department store with the Seattle cachet, don't worry, you can now hightail it to The Rack. It's Nordstrom's on the cheap. The store gets daily shipments of goods that aren't moving quickly enough among the well-heeled crowd that haunts the department store, and the company offers them for us, les miserables, to buy. Who's complaining? High-quality shoes, women's sports wear, dresses, men's clothes--it's all available here. One word of caution: Avoid weekend shopping days. The crowds can be off-putting.