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Changes of ownership and address aren’t the only transformations. The new store’s roomier footprint allows space for additional inventory, including in store boutiques for Cartier, H. Stern, Omega and Steuben. The watch selection has tripled in size (it’s displayed in a contemporary racetrack shaped case that rests on a terrazzo floor fashioned to suggest a clock’s face). The cozy mezzanine is now filled with giftware and collectibles, and sidewalk strollers can peek in on two other fascinating additions: a custom goldsmith and a watchmaker laboring behind big display windows on the building’s 9th Street side.
A YQ/JBH union might be viewed as predestined, as the businesses have shared a long if tenuous connection. Josiah Bell Hudson opened his store at 3rd and Nicollet in 1885, and by 1894 he’d relocated a few blocks uptown to the Syndicate Building (now the site of Neiman Marcus), where a pair of upstart fashion entrepreneurs by the name of Fred Young and Elizabeth Quinlan had just set up shop. By 1929, both stores boasted new settings that were easily the most opulent in town. Hudson’s dramatic new Spanish Renaissance digs,
located inside Dayton’s, were a block to the north; both featured ornate decorative details created by the same iron craftsman, Josef Bernasek.
After Young Quinlan closed in 1985, the building’s main floor was eventually subdivided into several retail spaces, including a Polo/Ralph Lauren outlet. Polo’s not unsympathetic makeover preserved much of YQ’s grandeur but carved up the sweeping space into smaller showrooms. Hudson, Shea operated in reverse, reopening the grand hall into a series of subtle progressions that culminate in that one of a kind travertine staircase. “You celebrate the historic and you remove everything else,” he said.