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What’s In Store: Valentine’s Day Events and Sales

We’re feeling the love, with early February sales, cocktails and shoe shopping, a new gift boutique opening in Danville, and more in our retail report.



Hey, lovers. Okay, that doesn’t sound right, but now that we have your attention, read on for Valentine’s Day events, sales, and other retail news that may strike your fancy. Feel free to leave this browser window open in case someone around your house owes you a present, and you want to drop a subtle hint.

Only the sweet stuff

Launching into delicious sales and events: Neiman Marcus Spring Trend Preview Party gets things started on February 6 (that’s tomorrow!) when the retailer will share what Fashion Director Ken Downing anticipates being what’s hot for spring. He’s already dropped a few hints for what’s going to make the cut this season: cool blues, prints, and a lace-orange pairing he’s calling the “the new neutral.”  Visit from 6:30–9 p.m. for drinks, sweets, and a fun fashion show. If you stick around for some serious shopping, you can score an Ippolita bracelet with a $350 purchase of women’s apparel and accessories.

If even a free bracelet makes it hard to justify throwing down that much cash, you might appreciate some deals happening over at Danville’s Savvy Shopaholic. The consignment boutique sells gently used designer threads. Right now, you can earn cash by selling you or your daughter’s clean prom dress. The Prom Savvy Sell-A-Bration takes place February 7–24. If your dress (it needs to be one to three years old) hasn’t sold by the end of the event, you can take it back or donate it to The Princess Project. We think this is such a great idea, and especially love that some of these gorgeous gowns will give underprivileged young women their Cinderella moment. On February 9, you can also take advantage of a makeup and hair consultation.

Courtesy of Make Up For Ever

Which (painfully) reminds us: Ever see a photo of yourself on Facebook and wonder why your face is a different shade than the rest of your body? Learn more about what’s in your makeup bag—and how to use it—at the first-ever Make Up For Ever mobile school in San Francisco, February 8–10, at Stonestown Galleria. The roving beauty team is touring across the country, and this is the only northern California stop. The goal of the event is to teach women how to apply their makeup properly at home. Don’t be ashamed to show up with drugstore cosmetics, because the professional artists are there to help all of us. Participants in the free session walk away with goodies that include a new makeup bag, a custom face chart of how to apply the makeup they brought, a list of recommended products, and a full-size Pro Finish compact foundation from the company’s 2013 line. You can book your 30-minute session here.

Courtesy of Oaktown BloomsOn your way back from the city, stop in Berkeley or Oakland for a ton of fun sales and events on February 9. Walk in Closet celebrates its one-year anniversary at its Solano Avenue location starting at 6:30 p.m. Music and champagne will get you in the mood to shop 20-percent off during a James Jeans trunk show.

Over in the Oakland’s Popuphood, Sharon Zimmerman Design will host a trunk show at Marion and Rose’s Workshop. Along with a selection of killer jewelry, you can also pick up a handmade, eco-friendly paper flower bouquet from Oaktownblooms from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Convert Shoes is having a Valentines, Shoes, and Cocktails gathering from 1–5 p.m. at its Fourth Street shop. Preview Seychelles spring line as you indulge in Bloody Heart cocktails and cookies. Once you’re on a sugar high, you’ll have a blast making personalized valentines with a Paper Source specialist. 

Courtesy of Castle in the AirSpeaking of crafty, across the street, Castle in the Air is hosting a slew of new imaginative classes. We recently took the pajaki-making class (more on how we made the Polish paper chandelier soon) with the help of instructor John B. McRae. He’s one of the masterminds behind the whimsical Mouse Castle, and he’s just as talented as an instructor as he is an artist. There is still room in the Sweetheart Pin Cushion session, led by Ulla Millbrath, on February 10.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got an idea for the man in your life. We’re stoked that Venture will be carrying San Francisco-based Blade + Blue shirts, polos, vests, and other handsome ware. It’s the only place in the East Bay that you can shop for the collection. You can do one-stop shopping while you’re there and snap up a Hello Lucky Valentine’s Day card made vintage pressing paper.

Courtesy of Blade + Blue Speaking of the guys, if your beaux is looking a little (ahem) hairy, San Francisco–based Waxing 4 Men has your solution. The male-specific waxing business, which includes a coed staff for men who are skittish about being waxed by the ladies and private waiting rooms, has big plans for a Walnut Creek location this year. We’ll keep you updated with opening news.
 

Moving and Shaking

We’ve got more store opening and closing news, too. Beyond the Creek reports that the Wish Boutique will open at 1329 N. Main St. (across from Starbucks) soon; and the Walnut Creek Pier 1 Imports is packing up and moving down the street to the old Golfsmith location.

Look for Niquea.d boutique to open in Danville, next to Papyrus at 154 East Prospect Avenue. It will showcase clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, books, tabletop, gifts, cards, exclusive custom-bespoke stationery, and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Celebrate during the grand opening on February 13–16.

Alameda’s Modern Mouse is moving soon, so be on the lookout for sales; White House Black Market is expected to open in Stoneridge Mall; and Lululemon will be moving briefly for renovations, according to Berkeleyside.


Got news about new or expanding East Bay businesses? Or tips on great sales and deals? We want to know! E-mail us at style@maildiablo.com, and look for "What's in Store" every other Tuesday.