MP: You went to the Rack at Howard Hughes. It is indeed usually awful. Try the one in Woodland Hills, South Coast Plaza, Chino Hills, or Brea instead. And I think the ones in Colma and San Leandro up here are pretty good too. However, you are also correct in asserting that the Rack carries items not inventoried in normal Nordstrom stores. So does Off 5th and Last Call. And Brooks Brothers, Polo, and pretty much every other outlet store. IMO one of retailing's dirty little secrets. The best "regular" Nordstrom close to you is at the Grove. Have you tried that one? I think you'd like it. And South Coast Plaza's pretty good, too, but a little bit of a drive. But working in Gary's in Newport Beach and their rack in Tustin might make it worthwhile. The Nordstroms here in the Bay Area are the best in the country, bar none. The Corte Madera, Walnut Creek, Stanford, and Valley Fair locations are all top notch. Only others in the same league are in Paramus, NJ, Oak Brook, IL, and Michigan Ave in Chicago. And the San Francisco Centre store is the Nordstrom's best- both in terms of quality of merchandise and sales in the entire U.S.