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In the Penney's corridor, Windsor opened in late October. "We specialize in dresses--formal dresses, day dresses, cocktail dresses, gowns. Any kind of dress you need, we have, $30 to $200," says co-manager Allie, who didn't give her last name. Windsor is a family-owned chain of about forty stores, most of them in California.

A nearby nomenclature change: Limited Too has changed its name to Justice. It's the same store, finally catching up on having been spun off from founding parent the Limited ten years ago. Its current parent: Tween Brands, Inc.

Down by Macy's, Ed's Luggage opened in November, replacing a series of luggage stores in that spot, most recently one called Point A. Unlike Point A, Ed's is not a chain, but a single, family-owned store (although there is no Ed in the family--it's a made-up name). Hadayat Azad, who has been selling luggage for twenty years, came up from Virginia to run it. "When something happens in the luggage business, everybody hears about it," he says, explaining how a Virginia family managed to pounce so quickly on a vacancy in Michigan. Ed's carries Briggs & Riley luggage, Kenneth Cole briefcases, travel accessories, and a lot of fun International Traveller hard-shell luggage in wild polka dots. As soon as he can find a way to ship a newly purchased 400-pound embossing machine to Ann Arbor, he'll be able to emboss luggage with your--or anyone's--initials.

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