February 28th, 2012

New England's Snootiest Department Stores?

Let me preface this by saying NEW YORK CITY IS NOT AN OPTION. Thanks.

Setting: southern Connecticut, June 2007

Searched: Uh, technically if I knew precisely what to search I wouldn't need to post this question, but so far I've tried the websites of almost every mall in the relevant state, as well as every department store I've ever heard of, but all it's done is confuse me.

What I need: A list of the top 7-10 best high end department stores in Connecticut, with special attention paid to:

+Where would someone with old money and a lot of class go vs. where would someone considered nouveau riche go? (I need several examples of both.)

+The best place to shop for women's clothing (formal wear and casual, both adult and teen), and the best place to shop for men's (adult casual) clothing?

+Where would a middle aged to elderly woman with staid states but a lot of money shop vs. where would a stylish younger woman (also with a lot of money) shop?

I realize in most instances people with serious money would be heading for New York city and/or boutiques, but I need stores that are in malls, in Connecticut. I do not need specific malls or shopping centers, I just need the names of several different stores that theoretically existed in Connecticut in 2007.

(I couldn't find any other relevant tags to put this under. If I've missed one I'm sorry.)

A few questions about a fictional English lit department.

Setting: Modern day America, fictional liberal arts university.
Googled: 'what happens if my thesis advisor changes specialisations before I get to graduate school?' 'how long does it take to get tenure?' 'American university class naming conventions'

None of these were particularly helpful, because I'm looking for more of an 'does this abstract situation make sense' instead of 'has this factual thing happened before' Except for the last one, because "American University" and "Nameing conventions" Are both apparently actual things, neither of which is what I'm looking for, and I don't know how to describe what I am.

This is one of those situations where I need to have several characters all in the same place at the same time, and need to make sure that my reasoning for them being there is sound. Obviously all universities are different, so this is mainly just checking to make sure that it's feasible, even if it's not massively likely.

The fictional university in question is one that is a well-ranked, but not spectacularly impressive university. The kind that would be on the lower edges of reach schools for smart kids with good grades and good SATS (or might be an "acceptable" safety for someone aiming at the top universties), but not quite little Ivy territory. (I'm not American, but if someone could give me a throwaway line about it's ranking like "it's top ** for 'specific catagory' or whatever, that would be great. Our universities are ranked completely differently)

The story is centered on the English department, and there are two couples and one single person involved.

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