Good Life: Debut: Macy’s Home Department

When Macy’s took over the Wanamaker building in 2006, Center City dwellers were overjoyed. Finally, a place to register for weddings, buy new sheets and replace broken toasters without schlepping to the ’burbs. But the dimly lit, cavernous store remained disappointing — until now. This month, Macy’s opens its new third-floor home store, stocked with the upscale brands (Ralph Lauren, Wedgwood) and items (linens, luggage, china and cookware) we want, including exclusives like this KitchenAid five-quart mixer, hued in a Martha Stewart blue ($400). What this really represents is both the return of the flagship department store (look for other improvements, like the new FAO Schwarz toy boutique) and the preservation of tradition: The organ has been restored, the Holiday Light Show is fully modernized, and the Dickens Christmas Carol display has been salvaged from now-empty Strawbridge’s.