In Pictures: Nordstrom Vancouver

The long-awaited store opened its doors today for a quick peek.

The long-awaited store opened its doors today for a quick peek.

The countdown begins: we took a sneak-peek tour today of the new 230,000 square-foot Nordstrom, which included a preview of the hotly anticipated department store’s general layout (airy, bright), design concepts (artist installations), goods (shoes! bags! make-up!), and amenities (did we mention the onsite bar?). Officially opening to the public at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 18th, Nordstrom’s third Canadian location promises to capture our hearts, minds, and wallets forever.Pacific Centre, 799 Robson St.

Nordstrom started out as a shoe store, but this shoe display wall could have told you that.

Men in black, along with the other construction workers, display artists, and stockroom runners—they’re all worker bees until official opening day next Friday, September 18th.

If the shoe fits: a smorgasbord of Manolo Blahniks.

Onsite bar and restaurant Habitant will serve up shoppers who need a little pick-me-up in between purchases.

Steaming, pressing, and readying for the big day on Friday, September 18th.

The Apartment: Nordstrom’s official teen lounge with polka-dotted dressing room doors.

Suits-in-training taking instruction in the men’s shoe department on the third floor.

John Bailey, Nordstrom spokesperson, introduces a light-filled space that promises to woo its customers.

Eye-candy: a three-storey light installation flanks the escalator.

Almost ready for action.