Has any other year in recent memory offered up so many buzz-worthy store openings? Maybe. But, this year — with its H&M-sister brand invasions and numerous e-commerce-to-brick-and-mortar transformations — was particularly riveting. Add to that a ton of speculation (not to mention competition) over which U.S. city would get to claim which European import's first American flagship store, and 2014's shopping debuts feel downright theatric. Not that we're complaining — we love a highly anticipated retail launch more than you know, especially when the shops in question live up to our very high expectations. Ahead, our list of the 10 store openings that got us most excited — and left us most delighted — in 2014.
The Real Story Behind H&M’s Racist Monkey Sweatshirt
Most toddlers’ idea of a fun time would be a set of markers and a white wall. Extra-ambitious ones might sign up for piano lessons or gymnastics. But