Ethan Allen is revamping its look and feel inside stores, starting with a new design center in Miami.
The interactive Ethan Allen Design Center, at 9775 S. Dixie Highway, opened earlier this month. The center has a layout different from other showrooms and offers 60 percent new products from a line that debuted late last year. Flat screen monitors inside the store allows shoppers to view projections of a variety of home décor plans.
Room displays make up most of the showroom space, according to a press release, but the touch screen room planning technology is new for customers.
“Our focus on providing not only diversity of style and good value but also complimentary design service and white-glove home delivery are major differentiating attributes that set us apart, and we are very pleased to be back in the South Miami area,” said Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen.
The furniture retailer has plans to open several new design centers across the country this year. The Ethan Allen Design Center in Boca Raton, currently at 9200 W. Glades Rd., is relocating to a bigger space at 906 N. Federal Highway in October. The 19,000-square-foot new store in East Boca will mimic the technology and design of the newly opened Miami design center.
Ethan Allen has about 300 design centers nationwide.
There are only a few hours left before South Florida shoppers will leave their dinner tables with full tummies -- and wallets -- and head to the malls for Black Friday deals this year.
Here’s a round up of everything you need to know before you hit the stores. We’ve compiled a list of South Florida mall hours, parking details, special services, crowd control information and Facebook fan pages to help you easily nagivate Black Friday sales this year.
In addition, our team of Sun Sentinel reporters will be out on the South Florida shopping scene, scoping early Black Friday deals and shortages, parking details and crowd information in real time on SunSentinel.com and Twitter.com starting at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night. To stay up to date and become a citizen reporter on Black Friday in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, follow and tweet on the Twitter hashtag #SflBlkFri.
BROWARD MALL in Plantation will open at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, although retailers like Macy's, the Disney Store and Express will be open at midnight. 101.5 LITE FM will be on site at the mall from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday and will be giving away Westfield Mall gift cards. The mall will also be giving away $50 Westfield gift cards every hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. A disc jockey from Miami will be performing inside the mall from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
CORAL SQUARE MALL in Coral Springs will open its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving for the first time. The first 100 shoppers to visit Guest Services will receive a “Shoppers Survival Kit” goody bag filled with hand sanitizer, bottled water, chocolate, a mall directory and store coupons. The women’s apparel retailers, Papaya, will give away scratch-off cards with deals and a chance to win a $100 gift card to the first 500 people in the store. Coral Square Mall has a Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penney's and Gamestop inside.
THE GALLERIA will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, although retailers like Macy’s will open at midnight.
SAWGRASS MILLS will be open for 24-hours on Black Friday, from 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. But not all retailers inside the mall will open that early. The Nordstrom Rack in Sawgrass Mills won’t open it’s doors until 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25.
The Sunrise outlet shopping center will have a free shuttle running around the parking lot to help get shoppers back to their cars. Additional parking at the Bank Atlantic Center will be available. Customers can valet park their cars at the Oasis and Colonnade Outlets entrance for $10.
The mall also offers a service where shoppers can store or ship shopping bags while they continue to shop for $10 a bag. Drop off purchases at one of three shipment locations, which are near Bloomingdale's — The Outlet Store, the Burlington Coat Factory or the Bags to Go holding area near Super Target. When shoppers are ready to pick up a bag, they can call, text or email Bags to Go and a company representative will hand deliver their luggage curbside or to the parking spaces in between the Super Target and Brandsmart USA near the holding area.
POMPANO CITI CENTRE will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. The mall will host a Winter Wonderland extravaganza from Noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with Santa Claus photography, holiday performers, gift wrapping and other vendors.
PEMBROKE LAKES MALL will open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday. The mall will be giving away gift cards at the guest services kiosk on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6 a.m.
AVENTURA MALL will open at 6 a.m., Friday Nov. 25 and will remain open until 10 p.m. Macy’s will open at midnight and Sears and JC Penney stores will open at 4 a.m. Bloomingdales and Nordstrom department stores will not open until 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The first 50 shoppers at clothing retailer Astoria will receive a free tote bag valued at $75. The first group of customers at the True Religion Brand Jeans store inside the Aventura Mall on Black Friday will receive a gift of their choice with any purchase while supplies last.
THE FALLS, an open-air outdoor shopping mall in Miami, will open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, for Black Friday sales. Shoppers can pick up a holiday coupon book at the mall’s Guest Services, which features more than 55 participating retailers’ coupons. The mall is offering free valet parking on Black Friday through Dec. 26 at the Talbots entrance.
The Falls also offers a free shuttle service at all mall entrances. The schedule a pick-up, call the guest services center at 305-255-4571.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MALL in Doral will open at midnight on Black Friday. The first 200 shoppers on Black Friday will receive a free “survival bag” that comes with a flier of all the Black Friday specials inside the mall and gifts from select retailers while supplies last. The bags will be handed out at the main food court entrance starting at midnight. Miami International shoppers will also get free espresso shots from Sedanos from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
DOLPHIN MALL opens its doors to shoppers at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening. The mall will be open through 10 p.m. Friday for 25 hours of continuous shopping and specials. Dolphin Mall customers can enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. and a $5,000 shopping spree between 5 and 9 a.m. Friday. When the mall opens at 9 p.m., employees will meet shoppers at all mall entrances to hand out fliers detailing exclusive Black Friday store offers and promotions.
PALM BEACH COUNTY:
The BOYNTON BEACH MALL will open at 4 a.m. on Black Friday this year. The first 100 shoppers on Nov. 25 will receive a free food gift from Popeye’s. The mall hosts retailers like The Disney Store, Hot Topic , Bath & Body Works, Macy’s, Express, New York & Co. and Aldo.
The TOWN CENTER AT BOCA RATON will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Retailers like Guess, American Eagle,Skechers, Bath & BodyWorks and Sears will open at 4 a.m. The first 100 shoppers to visit Guest Services at 8 a.m. will receive a “Shopper’s Survival Kit” goody bag filled with hand sanitizer, bottled water, snacks, candy, a mall directory and retail offers.
You can save serious dollars shopping at wholesale clubs like Sam's, BJ's and Costco. Consumer Reports says you can score serious savings on luxury items, which you are more likely to buy during the holidays.
Click here for the deal. There are clubs located throughout Central and South Florida. The offer expires on Monday, Oct. 10.
South Florida shoppers are in a fashionista frenzy trying to snap up the uber-hot new Missoni collection introduced Tuesday at Target stores and online at Target.com.
Demand for the new 400-piece Italian-designed collection with the colorful zig zag pattern is high as shoppers continue to flock to stores on Wednesday looking for anything they can grab.
"I love the colors," said Pamela Kalnitzky, 49, of Fort Lauderdale, as she tried on a too-large Missoni jacket for $69.99. The lime-green jacket was one of the few pieces of women's clothing left on racks. "We are going to Italy in a few weeks and from what I understand, you can't tell the difference between the original the Target brand." Kalnitzky and her husband Phil were next heading to Target stores in Miami-Dade County in the hopes getting apparel to wear on their trip abroad.
Deman has been extraordinary high online, as well. Shoppers have been expriencing site crashes since Tuesday, getting this message: "Woof!" We are suddenly extremely popular. There is no need to refresh your browser. Please stay here and we'll get you in as soon as we can! Thank you and our apologies for the inconvenience" message at Target.com.
"The Missoni for Target collection has been an unprecedented success. We are thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response to yesterday’s launch," Target spokesperson Jessica Deede said. "Yesterday, Target.com did experience an overwhelming amount of traffic to the site as a result of the Missoni for Target launch, which made our website inaccessible throughout portions of the day. The site is back up and running. Guests who are still interested in product are encouraged to check back with their local store to see if any products have been restocked in the coming days, as well as continuing to visit Target.com," she said.
Missoni madness begain before stores opened on Tuesday.
Employees at the Fort Lauderdale store said there were at least 30 people lined up on Tuesday morning before the store opened and nearly everything was gone in 30 minutes. "It was like Black Friday. It was just crazy," said an employee in the women's department on Wednesday morning.
"I went to the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale Target stores Tuesday to get a Missoni sweater. I got there at 11:30 a.m. and everything was gone," said Carolyn Burns of Plantation. "The entire line was gone, including all the clothes, the shoes, the luggage. There were just empy racks with a Missoni sign." On Wednesday, there were a few items, mostly from returns.
A fight even broke out on Tuesday between to women over an abandoned cart filled with Missoni merchandise. "I came at 9:30 a.m. yesterday," said Toure Evelyn, 28, of Oakland Park. "People were everywhere in the aisles, with Missoni bikes, luggage, clothes, carts were packed to the brim with the stuff. People were going crazy. Two ladies got into a fight over an abandoned cart filled with Missoni stuff."
On Tuesday, people were lining up in Palm Beach County, too. An employee reported that about 50 people waited at 6 a.m. and all the merchandise was gone in 10 minutes, many shoppers purchasing in bulk. The Delray store still has few pairs of shoes and some infant clothes on Wednesday morning.
Burns said clerks told her on Tuesday that customers were fighting over the stock and some were buying in bulk to put on eBay.com. There are nearly 30,000 listings on eBay.com for Missoni for Target merchandise.
The collection for women, men, girls and baby along with housewares and furniture, will be sold through Oct. 22. The limited-time collection, Target's largest to date, includes sweaters, shoes, clothes, accessories, stationery housewares, patio furniture and more. Pieces start at $2.99 to $599.99. The real stuff can run up to $1,500. Select pieces from the collection will be available for an extended run through early December at Target.com, according to a Target press release.
“This was Missoni mayhem,” said Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman told the Associated Press. “This is unprecedented.”
Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Deals text alerts.
Winn-Dixie's new "Make-a-Deal" program is offering nearly $13.50 in free laundry products when you buy a jug of liquid Tide for $14.99 with your Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card.
Buy the Tide detergent and get full-sized Shout Stain Remover, a gallon of bleach, a bottle of Downy liquid fabric softener, Downy dryer sheets and bonus Purex 3-in-1 sheets.
Last week, the grocery chain offered free food worth nearly $9 with the purchase of Maxwell House coffee with the "Make-a-Meal" offer. In February, Winn-Dixie introduced a new customer reward program called fuelperks!, that offers a discount on Shell gasoline with grocery purchases.
Click here to find a store and see details of the promotion, listed on Page 12 of this week's circular. The deal is good through April 12.
Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.
UPDATE: All the tickets might be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't join us for a spring fling with cosmetics! (Tickets were to reserve a gift bag for the first 100 attendees to arrive at 6 p.m.) But, you can still join in all the fun and festivities and get pampered and pretty at the cosmetics counters, enter the raffles for great prizes and enjoy the DJ, drinks and light bites, too! Hope to see you tonight!
Join the Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for an exclusive preview of the season's hot makeup collections from all your favorite prestige brands at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash.
The fun gets started at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Bloomingdale's at Town Center, 5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton.
Particpating cosmetic counters include Shiseido, Nars, Sue Devitt, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Dior, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Borghese, Chanel, MAC, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Strivectin.
Test out all the hot new spring beauty collections, get free makeovers and makeup lessons from experts and get a chair massage, all while enjoying music and light refreshments.
Plus, you can win great spring cosmetics prizes and the first 100 with a ticket to arrive take home a free gift bag of goodies, too, compliments of Bloomies.
Gotta love a flea market. You never know what you'll find.
If you're looking for that unique holiday gift, take a trip to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Dec. 16 to Dec. 19 (today through Sunday).
Mitch and Mikey's World's Greatest Indoor Flea Market will host international exhibitors in two conventoinc center halls. There is apparel, jewelry, giftware, toys, home goods and accessories, electronics, specialty food items, travel accessories, pet items, stock stuffers and more.
The event is from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16; noon to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. The Miami Beach Convention Center is at 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Halls B & C.
H&M, the Swedish retail store popular in other parts of the country, opens noon Friday, Nov. 5, at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (From I-95, exit PGA Boulevard and go east. The Gardens Mall will be on your left.)
There will be free giveaways and special offers for the first 250 shoppers in line, according to H&M's Facebook page.
*The first 250 customers in line before the Grand Opening will receive free giveaways and an Access to Fashion Pass randomly valued from $10 - $300. One lucky winner will receive the Pre-Opening Pass that will allow him/her early entry to the store before the doors open to the public."
Sounds good to me. H&M, which has reasonably-priced yet trendy clothes and accessories for teens, women and men, is a fun store to visit anytime. It's one of my favorite destinations when I visit New York.
I'm pining away for the good old days when I was a 'stay-at-home' mom with some free time during the day. When the kids were at school, I would sneak up to FAU to take history and art history classes for fun. You wouldn't know it, but I even took a few cooking classes.
Maybe you have time to attend a complimentary cooking class at Williams Sonoma? Click here for the October class schedule. Classes are free and if you attend one you'll get 10% off same day purchases in the store.
Call your local store for times, questions and to make reservations, space is limited. Click here for store locator.
Today is Earth Day’s 40th anniversary and we offer a few fun and easy ways to go green, from energy- and money-saving tips from Florida Power and Light to local Earth Day celebrations to buying and making eco-friendly cleaning and beauty products. Save the planet (and money) man!
Home: Energy costs take a huge bite out of our budgets and our super-consumption harms the planet. Florida Power & Light offers these ideas and links for rebates and incentives to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances with home insulation; leaky air ducts; air conditioner; and major appliances (*Florida program only available through Sunday, April 25th).
Celebrations: There are family-friendly eco-events in Broward and Palm Beach counties on Saturday and Sunday.
Release ladybugs, see live marine animal shows and take a guided boardwalk tour at Earth Day 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Daggerwing Nature Center in the South County Regional Park, 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton; 561-629-8760. Click here for more info.
Learn how to live more green and meet the recycling robot as the Broward County Waste and Recycling Division throws and Earth Day Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane. 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation
Free trees: Coconut Creek residents can get a free tree and two plants per household on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Government Center, 4800 W. Copans Road, Coconut Creek; 954-973-6756. Choose from seven different tree species. Click here for more info.
Chemical-free cleaning: Eco-Me Kits are a great holistic way to take care of your family, pets, home and body without the nasty chemicals. The kits contain everything you need to make your own cleaning products with common household items like baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. There are five starter kits: Eco –Me Body, Eco-Me Baby, Eco-Me Home, Eco-Me Dog and Eco-Me Cat. The kits range in price from $16.99-$36 at Amazon.com
Beauty: Cargo’s PlantLove line will really grow on you. This brand is serious about its Earth-friendly mission. The organic Natural Origin Collection includes lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows, blushers and bronzers, and they're all free of parabens, phthalates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fragrances. PlantLove’s colorful, groovy bio-plastic containers made are from corn so it won't take 100 years for these to return to Mother Earth once you toss them in the trash. The awesome Botanical Lipstick comes in 20 shades and the box is infused with wildflower seeds. Just wet it, plant it and watch 'em grow. Now that's truly green. Get 'em at at CVS.com through May 9 and get 20 percent off on all beauty purchases.
Books: “Just Green It: The Ultimate Consumer Shopping Guide” by healthy-home experts Lisa and Ron Beres is the black book on being green. The guide offers tips and advice on making eco-friendly choices and compares brand-name products side-by-side to help you make good environmentally-friendly purchases on everything from mattresses to baby food. Get it here.
Online resources: Visit the EcoMall. According to its website, EcoMall provides educational articles, a comprehensive list of environmental companies, products and services. The site offers listings of hundreds of sites on the Internet with green products. Find everything you could possibly need from A-Z.
When we recycle and reuse, we all win. As the Native American proverb goes: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
Share you're favorite green tip with us. Best one gets an Eco-Me Body Kit!
Get ready to score some serious bargains on cribs, nursery gear, baby equipment, clothes, books, toys, and more at a massive consignment sale being held Coral Springs on Friday and Saturday.
The sale, put on by the traveling children’s and maternity consignment franchise called Just Between Friends, allows you to sell your stuff or shop for stuff and save. Or both! It’s too late to sell items at this event (darn!), but the organization will be back in the fall if you’re interested in selling your goods. You can learn more about the concept and shop till you drop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coral Springs Gymnasium at 2501 Coral Springs Drive.
Here’s how JBF events generally work: If you want to sell your stuff, bring new or gently-used kids and/or maternity wear to the selling venue set up by JBF. You set your own prices, tag your wares, drop them off at the sale site and Just Between Friends does the rest. You earn money (just like at a regular consigment store) on unwanted stuff you had lying around the house and/or you can shop for things you need for your family at super cheap prices. It’s a fantastic idea that helps families make and save bucks in these tough times.
Searching for that perfect dress for prom?
Check out Amazon.com’s Prom Shop Sale. Through May 6, the site is offering $10 off when you spend $50 on hot looks by designers like XOXO, Teeze Me, Jessica Simpson, Rampage and others.
Many dresses ship for free, too. You get the 10 bucks off at checkout. Click here for to go to the Amazon Prom Shop.
Also, check out Sun Sentinel fashion guru Rod Hagwood’s prom primer on the top 10 trends inspired by Hollywood’s red carpets. Click here to read Rod's piece.
In the meantime, just for laughs and giggles, click here to see what NOT to wear! A few are risque, so be warned! -- Doreen Christensen
Mark your calendars for the DCOTA sample sale coming up April 10th. Shop like a pro and get up to 80% off exclusive home décor and furnishings. The showrooms are normally open to the trade only, this is one of the few times it is open to the public.
Complimentary Designer Consultations!
Fabulous Raffles and Prizes!
April 10, 2010 9:00am to4:00pm
DCOTA has will also open the DCOTA Design House on this day. The model penthouse of 14 rooms, ranging from grand entrance foyer, to kitchen, family room, wine cellar, balcony terrace, and master bedroom suite, has been created within the DCOTA building.
Three outstanding museums, representing each of the three counties of South Florida, have been selected as beneficiaries of the proceeds of the Design House: The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Broward; and the Vizcaya Museum, Miami/Dade.
A $10.00 admission fee will be charged per visit for entry during the run of the ShowHouse, and will be divided equally between the three museums. For more information please call 954.920.7997. DCOTA is located at 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Florida.
It's that time again for the Intergalactic Bead Show in Pompano.
Brings back memories of my college days, when everyone else was studying, I was stringing beads to match all the outfits in my closet, also handmade. Yes, and so cute, my sorority sisters wore them as often as I did. How did I make that time? I still marvel that I graduated!
Sat, March 6th - Sun, March 7th 2010
Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
1801 N.E. 6th St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
The nice folks at Intergalactic emailed me a $2 OFF coupon for admittance. If you bring two friends you get in free.
I don't know how to post this coupon which is in an email. Email me if you are interested, at email@example.com, and I'll forward this coupon to you. I probably won't be available over the weekend, so DO IT NOW!!!
There aren't many second chances in this life...but if you missed the Shop-O-Matic Meet-Up, you'll get another crack at it, even more treats!
Francesca Guerrera and her talented crew at FG Salon are having a Grand Opening party! Enjoy spa treatments and great food with friends. Come say hi, I had so much fun at the meet-up, I'll be there!
DATE: January 28, 2010
LOCATION: FG Lifestyle
2424 East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Give-aways & promotions will be offered during this premier event. RSVP by January 17. Free chair massages, raffle prizes and goody bags brimming with A-list products such as Environ, Bumble and Bumble and Francesca's own exclusive Hollywood loved line of innovative cosmetics, FG.
Phone: 954 523 2772
The first Shop-O-Matic tweet-up hosted by Chima and FG Salon & Spa was held on Wednesday evening. We so enjoyed meeting those of you who were there, thanks for coming out. If you didn't make it, you missed a fun night. Our hosts treated guests to a fabulous party and lots of free treats.
Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer
Thanks to the folks at FG Salon for staying late to make sure each guest got their treatments. We were getting hot parafin treatments, make-up demos and chair massages until the wee hours. The mini massages were in the courtyard under the stars. It was every woman's dream girls night out and more.
If you're an old soul and love all things vintage from the 1930's through 1970's, don't miss out on the Vintage Show and Sale this weekend.
There will be jewelry, clothes, handbags, furniture and more from those eras. And there will be exhibits, fashion shows, lectures and book signings.
Those authors include Anne Gilbert, "Antiques Detective": Designs & Memorabilia 40s & 50s and Designs; Memorabilia 60s & 70s; Carole Tanenbaum, Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage -100 years of Costume Jewelry and Judith Gura, Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century and New York Interior Design, 1935-1985.
It's happening Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22, at the Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach.
For more information about the show and lectures call 561-483-4047 or visit the website.
This Saturday, Nov. 14th, from 4 to 7pm, 7 For All Mankind at Aventura Mall invites customers to view the new Holiday 2009 collection.
Guests can enjoy cocktails, small bites and music by a local DJ Faux Real. While shoppers enjoy the music and the Holiday Collection, they can also catch a sneak peek of exclusive artwork created by local NADA (The New Art Dealers Alliance) artist Bhakti Baxter.
Shoppers attending the event will receive 40% off purchases for the evening! (There are a few items excluded.) No admission fee required. For additional info, please call the store at 305.932.2297.
7 For All Mankind jeans are super expensive...reminds me of the day I decided that every woman should have one GREAT pair of jeans, some that she can wear out, with that perfect fit. I set a few hours aside, and tried on jeans at Saks, Bloomies, Neimans, all the high end brands. I told myself this was going to be splurge, but a treat.
Long story short, all the $100+ jeans were the hyper-lo-rise models, the zippers were about an inch long. Very uncomfortable, not to mention unattractive on a woman over, what, 21? I gave up on the designer jeans...wound up at the Gap.
Tell us about your favorite jeans. Is there a brand you love? Why?
Mona's Kids and Debbie's Dream have teamed up to help find a cure for stomach cancer! Some of the many things you’ll find at Mona's are: trend-setting clothes and jewelry, adorable infant-wear, hair bows, and more.
From Saturday, October 17th thru Saturday October 24th, customers who mention Debbie's Dream will receive 10% off their entire purchase; in addition, Mona's will donate 10% of sales to this charity that seeks to aggressively find and fund a cure for stomach cancer, which currently has relatively few treatment options.
Mona's is located at 2810 University Drive in Coral Springs, in the shopping center across from Barnes and Noble, between Starbucks and TooJays. There is a second location in Plantation at 220 University Drive, across from the Broward Mall.
About Debbie’s Dream Foundation: In April 2008, Debra Zelman, a 40 year old mother of three, was diagnosed with Stage IV, advanced, incurable stomach cancer. While at the same time dealing with her own medical condition and the challenges presented by chemotherapy, Debbie founded Debbie’s Dream Foundation, Inc. which seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
They line up like soldiers with laminated sheets showing pictures of the latest Coach, Prada and Louis Vuitton designer handbags.
And they whisper the popular designer names as you stroll on by Chinatown's famed Canal Street in New York City. In fact, sellers' pitches come at rapid fire speed and are echoed dozens of times in a span of a block or two. Sometimes they take you into backrooms for the goods.
Women can't help but check out those famous knock-offs. I know I can't. In fact I took home three "designer" purses from my last trip there.
Last week, Coach sued Target for carrying a fake version of its logo-print handbag and now seeks $1 million in compensation. Oops!
Here's a photo of me during the haggling frenzy that ensued during my handbag hunt. It was all a blur, I swear.
Do you have any great steals you found, real good looking fakes or just any local outlets where you find great knock-offs? Do share!
The Gardens mall on PGA Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens is hosting 'The Start of Something Beautiful' wedding show on Sunday July 26th from noon to 6 p.m.
It's been a long time since I was a bride, but this show sounds like great fun and not for wedding planners only. There will be luxurious china tabletop displays from Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn, bridal exhibits from Bloomingdale's showcasing its registry, Lilly Pulitzer displaying gift ideas, and Godiva showing off its delectible flavors.
Fabulous makeovers: Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Aveda and Sephora will be set up in the Grand Court throughout the show. Don't forget to sample food and drinks offered by Brio Tuscan Grille, PF Chang's and Publix Greenwise, who will provide specialty bridal cake sampling from 2pm-4pm.
Several retailers will provide informal modeling from 2pm-4pm, including Eileen Fisher, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Marmi, Jessica McClintock, Swarovski, Cache Lux and White House Black Market.
And while you're there, don't forget to get a raffle ticket for great prizes from all participating retailers. The grand prize will be a weekend stay and spa treatment at the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach - winners need not be present to win. --Super Saver Kathy
The Frugal Florist will be giving a presentation on making frugal flower arrangements at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 18) at Field of Flowers in Davie. To save money, you'll have to spend: $25 for the event. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve a space: 800-96-FRESH.
John Klingel, director of the South Florida Center for Floral Studies in West Palm Beach
gel, is the author of The Frugal Florist: Do-it-Yourself Flowers on a Budget.
Budget brides should check out his Web site, Frugal Florist, which gives tips on affordable bridal arrangements.
At the event, Klingel will demonstrate different ways to create bouquets, centerpieces and aisle trimming for the big day.
Field of Flowers' Davie store is at 5101 South University Drive, 2.5 Miles south of I-595, between Griffin and Stirling Road.
Even if you don't go to the event, Field of Flowers is worth a visit -- absolutely gorgeous! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds
Have you tried making your own jewelry? If you do, or have considered it, you might want to stop by the Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show this weekend at the Civic Center in Pompano. It's Saturday June 27th and Sunday the 28th 10-5.
I thought I'd like making jewelry...I bought some beads and tools a few years ago, and they are all still in the bags they came home in. When you learn how to make time and space, count me in!
Click here for more information, directions, and $1 off admission coupon.
Borders is celebrating the release of the long awaited Twilight DVD with a Midnight Twilight Release Party.
Party starts at 10pm. Friday, March 20th, at your local Borders store. The DVD will be released at the stroke of midnight to those who pre-ordered, or who get a wristband at the party.
Have you read the book...seen the movie? My Atlanta daughter tells me she almost missed her tennis clinic because she was glued to it, couldn't put it down. I'll get to it someday! I work the midnight shift at the paper, it sort of cramps my style...I feel guilty reading (for fun) in the daytime.
Did you love the book? The movie? Let us hear from you....will you be going to the Borders party? Or another release party?
Celebrity artist and world-renown sculptor, Tim Cotterill, a.k.a “The Frogman,” will make a personal appearance to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and debut Plum Dandy – the latest limited edition frog exclusive to the Pavo Real Gallery at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton.
He will also be on site to raffle off one of his special sculptures, with the proceeds from the raffle benefiting R.O.C.K Camp. R.O.C.K Camp is a program that sends local, cancer-afflicted children to a very special summer camp at the Boggy Creek Camp Facility in Eustis, Fla.
The event is open to the public, free of charge, and will take place Friday, February 20th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 21st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
It's that time of year, all you blushing brides.....ready to fight for that bargain wedding dress from the infamous Filene's Basement sale...coming to Aventura January 16th. The sale has come to be know as 'The Running of the Brides', a take off on Pamplona Spain's annual Running of the Bulls.
I'm not a bride, been there done that, but curiosity might get the best of me. I've never seen the bridal sale at Filene's. Have you? What's it like? A madhouse? Did anyone get their wedding dress there? Do tell.....
There's a real science to shopping the wedding dress sale at Filene's Basement. It's not for the timid.
Arrive early, expect a line. I'm not sure what it will be like in Aventura, because this is the first one, since the store is new. But these sales are famous, so I'd imagine brides will flock to it, new or not.
I've heard the racks empty within the first few minutes. Just take what you can, as much as you can, and sort it out later. The dresses are bulky, so try to recruit a friend to help.
Keep in mind you might be changing in the aisles, so dress accordingly. No holes in your granny panties, girls!
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub December 5, 2008 10:30 AM
When I heard that Miami-based Michele Barouh was going to make an appearance at Boca's Bloomingdale's my reaction was a big yawn.
Mea culpa. I shouldn't have let my subscription to W lapse. How can I be your fashion guide if I miss a watch designer whose designs are worn by celebs such as Jennifer Aniston and Paris Hilton?
Michele, namesake of Michele Watches and Creative Director for the brand, will be at Bloomie's today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fashion Accessories on Level 1. She will help you design your own Michele Watch and she'll sign your watch purchases during the event.
Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton is located at 5840 Glades Road in Town Center at Boca Raton.
How about doing your Christmas shopping and having a portion of the proceeds benefit a good cause, Women in Distress!! Now that's the holiday spirit!!
I've mentioned Francesca Guerrera in this blog before, she's my very glam make up artist friend, who will be doing make up there. Too bad she doesn't have more of an influence on me.....it's a good day when I remember to put on lipstick.
Someone will be there buying your old gold. There'll be lots of shopping, and a bounce house for the kids.
The address is 1153 S. Andrews Avenue, in the auditorium, from 11am - 5pm.
Plaza 3000 on North Federal Highway, just south of Oakland Park Blvd, is kicking off the holiday season with its 'Night at the Plaza' Thursday Dec 4th from 5:30-8:30.
If you tried to shop during Christmas on Las Olas, then you probably didn't get any shopping done, but you had a great time. I had to work last night, and missed Christmas on Las Olas for the first time in over 20 years. I did do a quick walk through on a dinner break, just to get in the holiday spirit.
Plaza 3000 has its own holiday kick off....with music and refreshments. And you might even get some shopping in. Stop in Cactus Flower for some great Mariposa serving pieces, tell them Kathy sent you. I'm a big fan of Candy's good eye for buying great gift items. And one of the best frame shops in Ft Lauderdale is there, Outrageous Framing. The Las Olas shops, Flora Ottimer and Moda Mario have outlets there.
Have fun!! I'm working tomorrow night as well, so have a drink for me!!
If you're foolish enough, like me, to head to frigid New York City on a winter holiday, at least visit the many holiday markets the city has to offer.
I went to the one at Union Square where I found painted cooper earrings by Bora from Greece for only $20 and a lovely silk-strewn necklace with a cascade of small gems for $47. You'll also find Christmas decor, unique leather goods and lots of fun gifts for children at the Holiday Market.
Similar markets can be found at Bryant Park, where you also can ice skate, Grand Central and Columbus Circle. So, wherever you land in the city, there is a holiday market to shop.
The markets feature booths from stores around Manhattan as well as the outreaches and independent vendors. While I wouldn't count on a return policy, I found the shopping experience more fun and interesting than the overcrowded department stores with faux sales (20 percent off and only $800!).
South Florida retailers might do well to copy this NYC idea. After all, our weather is much more conducive to outside shopping. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds
In my college days at UF, football season was the highlight of the year. The packed stadium was abuzz with energy, and a close game would keep us in our seats until the end of the very last play. The rush of all those students and fans exiting through the Swamp tunnel/gates created a bottleneck like I haven't seen again until Midnight Madness at Sawgrass Mills! Deja vu!!
I went alone, much to the chagrin of my family, the early birds who can't stay up past 10pm. Nice to know they care...but I never for one moment felt apprehensive in the well lighted parking lots, bustling with folks coming and going.
Once inside...it felt like every school in Broward County bused in their total student body and added them to the entire worldwide membership of the Shoppers Anonymous Organization. It was a feast for people-watchers, seeing the melting pot of South Florida, but not fun if you wanted to do some serious shopping. Every language was represented, and the only overloaded shopping carts I noticed were being pushed by non-English speaking shoppers
There was a line to get into the Coach store in the Colonnade, and long lines to check out at Ralph Lauren Polo in the Oasis. Radio Shack was letting shoppers in a few at a time, the rest were held outside by the metal barrier gates. I was warned to stay away from BrandsMart.
If you were too tired after the big meal to start shopping at midnight, don't worry, be happy, as the song says!! I found a few things, but the sales just weren't that great. I had to leave because if one more person ran over my heels with their stroller, I was going to lose it! (Yes, strollers, lots of them, at midnight. Maybe Sawgrass Mills should start offering parenting classes.)
Been thinking about Black Friday, trying to decide what's my plan. I don't know about you, but 5am is not fun in my book. I'd rather pay double than get up at 4am!!
If I shop on Black Friday, it will be at Sawgrass Mills, or one of the other stores that will open at midnight on Thursday for the shopping frenzy. Right now I am buried in notes...trying to figure out what I might buy, and where I need to go to get it. I can't shop in that bedlam unless I'm organized.
A website that tries to make sense out of Black Friday for the consumer is BFAds.net. It has links for advertised sales, store hours, buying guides for laptops, televisions, GPS devices, and more. There are also message boards where you can post questions or past experiences and advice.
You can even register and work up a personal shopping list. And BFAds.net promises not to sell or share your email address. I'll bet they wind up with a lot of useful data though.
Love giving? Love saving? Then stop by any Stein Mart on Wednesday, November 19, for a special one-day event that will benefit a great cause “and” your wallet!
Donate $5 or more to Dignity U Wear when you check out and receive 10% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE as part of Stein Mart’s special, “Love giving. Love saving.” fundraising event. That savings is on top of Stein Mart’s already discounted every day prices and sale items, so your total savings will really add up. It’s a great way to help others while saving money on some early holiday shopping.
No coupon needed—just let the cashier know you want to make a donation to Dignity U Wear and 10% will be taken off your entire purchase. The event is one day only—November 19—at all Stein Mart locations.
Dignity U Wear is a national nonprofit that provides brand new clothing to men, women and children in need. For more than five years, Stein Mart has supported Dignity U Wear, raising more than $2.3 million and helping to distribute more than 1.2 million pieces of clothing to DUW partner organizations.
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub November 14, 2008 11:28 AM
I love these events where you can go out with the girls, shop and have a heck of a good time.
Mark your calendar from Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 for Shecky's Girls Night Out at the Catalina Hotel in South Beach. The Sheckys' folks tell us they will have designer fashions up to 75 percent off (including cocktail dresses -- If only I had a place to wear one, sigh), complimentary spa services, cocktails and munchies.
Each room of the hotel's main building will reflect the style and personality of each of the designers. You can purchase tickets to win a Goodie Bag, which will be stuffed with more than $100 of must-have products -- such as Aquafresh White Trays, Aveeno, Chambord, Dove, Good Earth Premium Coffee and Redken.
Hours are from 6 to11 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. The hotel is located at 1732 Collins Ave. (305-674-1160). Admission is $10. Or pay $25 for two Goodie Bag tickets including admission. See sheckys.com for more info.
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub October 22, 2008 11:11 AM
If you love the cottage look, celebrate.
Maine Cottage, which Furniture Today describes as a "specialist in upscale coastal home furnishings," has opened its first Florida store on Clematis Street.
The Grand Opening is today from 4 to 6 p.m., and the first 50 guests will get free Coastal Living beach towels.
The 5,000-square-foot store is also offering a 10 percent discount off all furniture orders until Nov. 1. Maine Cottage specializes in painted furniture like this (at left). Cool, isn't it? They also have rattan pieces that look like they came from grandma's porch. Say hello to Hasty, Beth and Annie, right, when you visit the store.
Maine Cottage is located at 312 Clematis Street West Palm Beach. Call 561-366.0033. See www.mainecottage.com.
Want to find some really one-of-a-kind gifts, and support your local artists? Go to the Pinkghost Fun Fair on Saturday November 8th, from noon to 6 pm.
There will be a hand picked selection of independent shops, including designer toy store Pinkghost, record store Back Bone Records, bookstore Books & Books, delicious pie provider Purple Pie Company, handmade plushies Pinky Punk, vintage clothing retailer Pin Up Vixen, indie T-Shirt retailers Chix Ink, FFee Clothing and so many more.
There's also an art show with 'art on the go' pieces available for purchase. Participating national and international artists include Matias Vigliano (from DOMA), Colorblok (Juliana Pedemonte), Kendra Binney, Mike Bell, John Kissee, Liz Lorini, Ryan Myers, Skaffs, and many more.
In case you needed any more reasons to go: Goodie bags for the first 25 people, live bands, DJ sets by Adam Foster (twilightnotes.com) and nice people all over.
Fairgrounds are across Andrews Avenue from the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, next to Laffing Matterz. The address us 201 South Andrews Avenue.
Admission is $2 for Adults. Children under 10 free admission with adult.
I still remember the brouhaha over the opening of IKEA like it was yesterday. How can it have been a year already?
This weekend, 10/17-19, IKEA Sunrise, FL, is offering a $10 gift card when you spend $50, if you bring the coupon from Thursday's Sun-Sentinel, page 18A. 10/16/08. There's also a coupon for a free meal. I heard the Swedish meatballs are great!
IKEA is located at 151 NW 136th Avenue in Sunrise. (595 West Exit 1) If you haven't been there, be prepared for a treat, but I'm sure it'll be crowded. Sometimes the traffic backed up into the parking lot looks just like the traffic entering a Dolphins game!
Sam's Club announced today (Thursday, Oct. 16) that it's offering a $10 membership good for 10 weeks for families and businesses not currently members.
Consumers can sign up for Sam shopping privileges on two weekends, Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26. Sam's Club stores are in West Palm Beach, Lantana, Coral Springs, Sunrise, Miramar and Miami.
Sam's Club, Costco and other discount shopping stores are likely to be busy places this holiday season when most of us are trying to S-T-R-E-TCH that dollar. Check it out. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds
I've heard so much about Filene's Basement. Never been there. I am really excited....I'm finally going to get to shop at Filene's Basement! It feels so...so...what's the word...so very cosmopolitan!!
I saw it on Biscayne Blvd the other day as I drove down to Bal Harbor Shops. Wow, my heart jumped...it looked open...too bad...not yet. A freestanding building on the east side of Biscayne. (17651 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura.)
I live and work in Fort Lauderdale, but it seems there are a few reasons to drive south for discount shopping. Loehmann's is down there, and now Filene's.
What do you think? Is Filene's Basement worth getting excited about? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Have any of you shopped there? Is there a good selection? What kind of things do they sell...Designer dresses...Casual clothes? Which do you like better, Loehmanns or Filene's?
What are your favorite stores for finding bargain clothes in South Florida?
By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub September 19, 2008 11:14 AM
Want to dress like Fergie, Demi Moore or Hillary Duff? How about getting "something every female celebrity carries in her purse in case of a slipup?" Sound good to you? It did to me, too. I just love mystery, don't you?
We are giving you plenty of time. Just heard about this cool shopping experience from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 24 at Jungle Island's Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. Forget the animals and make it a Girls Night Out!
If you order tickets in advance, you'll get that mysterious "something every female celebrity carries" plus other items and free services in a goodie bag. There will be food and an open wine bar. Shopping and wine? Can't wait. You and your gal pals can also get makeovers and compete in a raffle.
Vendors will be selling all the things we love -- jewelry, accessories, shoes, clothing, and home accents. Who are some of them? Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Elezar handbags (Demi Morre, Fergie, Hillary Duff and Natalie Portman are fans.) And Lee Dahlberg of RockBands (Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and Johnny Depp are fans.)
Admission is $35. Visit www.splurgeevents.net. Or call 305-466-5590. One caveat: You must be at least 21.
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.
Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.
Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.