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What's in Store: Events, Classes, and Deals

A bridal salon's grand opening brings celebrity designers Badgley and Mischka; other events and classes; plus how to score some local gift certificates.

For the Men

La Soie

Soon there will be not one--but two--new places for your guy to get his hair cut in style. Empire Barbershop is opening April 27 in Sunvalley Mall. Head there between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (the first 100 guests will receive a welcome gift).

Also, a new upscale men’s salon, 18/8, is opening near The Cooperage in Lafayette. Stay tuned for updates.


La Soie’s official grand opening party kicks off this Saturday, April 26, from 3-6 p.m. Even if you aren’t tying the knot any time soon, there will be champagne, appetizers, prizes … and did I mention world-renowned designers Badgley and Mischka? For more information, or to RSVP, please click here.


Wish BoutiqueStop by Wish Boutique in Walnut Creek  to get a baby handprint made by Bumblebee Handprints. This will go 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and you can visit here for more information. Can’t make it during the day? Join during happy hour. 5-7:30 p.m., 15 percent of all sales will be donated to Community Violence Solutions. For more information, please click here.

Has the construction at Broadway Plaza left you with the blues? Lift your spirits and join them for the We’re Having Some Work Done party. On May 1, 4-6:30 p.m., get a makeover, enjoy live music, goof off in the photo booth, and score giveaways.



Erica TanovJoin Erica Tanov in Berkeley on Saturday, April 26, to score items such as vintage clothing, fabric, buttons, and furniture.

Stop by Specialtees in Lafayette: For every $300 purchase made, you’ll receive a $50 gift card free! This giveaway is happening now through April 24 only, so hurry in.

This year, start thinking about Mom early. Now through May 11, purchase a $150 gift certificate to Changes in-store, and receive a Mother’s Day gift set free.

Shoebiz is having an Anniversary Sale in Blackhawk Plaza this Saturday and Sunday. Find deals on foot candy for the entire family up to 20-60 percent off.

Clothing News

McMullen Boutique in Oakland was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. To see the article, click here.

For all fashionistas under 5’3”: The popular Anthropologie store in Blackhawk Plaza is going to start carrying the company’s petite line.