Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rebecca Taylor
That's right, women's clothing designer extraordinaire Rebecca Taylor will be at Saks Fifth Avenue on Thursday (April 24) between 3 and 5 p.m. You're invited to stop by and meet her, plus check out her spring 2014 collection, which features many pieces that are exclusive to Saks. Rebecca Taylor has been a longtime favorite designer of mine — her light, feminine dresses are timeless investment pieces. As if that's not enough, Saks is donating 10 percent of sales that day to the Richmond Ballet.
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There's plenty going on in Short Pump retail land. For better (great accessories right here in Richmond!) or worse (bye-bye money), Kate Spade is now open at Short Pump Town Center. Stop by to check out the shop's new digs, and get a complimentary travel tote with your $150 purchase  —that's like one item there, so happy shopping! I'm still waiting for Madewell to arrive for the ultimate wallet emptying. 

If you're still looking for that perfect Easter ensemble, stop by Monkee's today or tomorrow and pick out an egg. Inside will be a discount of up to 30 percent off your purchase. 

And, if you've decided to host a soirée, but still need some seasonal decor, Dolce Designs is already offering half off Easter-themed merchandise.
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Well, it’s Friday, and there are lots of opportunities for shopping. Here are a few to check out: Tonight is First Fridays. And, along with art, there are special shopping happenings. Starting this month, Urban Dwellers is hosting a First Friday event from 5 to 7 p.m. There’ll be snacks and wine while you shop, plus shoppers will get a special coupon.

Also tonight, Clementine and Ashby are hosting a First Fridays pop-up from 6 to 9 p.m. at 16 W. Broad St. (next door to Max’s). There’ll be clothing and accessories for men and women, plus locally made jewelry.

In Carytown, Need Supply Co. is hosting the latest in its "Meet the Maker" series with designer Clare Vivier, who will be in the store from 7 to 9 p.m. Stop by to meet her, check out an exclusive Need x Clare Vivier clutch, and sample some customer cocktails provided by Saison.

Tomorrow is the Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada-Bing at Hardywood. Shop more than 50 crafters, both from Richmond and across the nation, while you sip a beer — this means you can probably even drag your husband or boyfriend along.

Also tomorrow, the shops near Acacia Midtown are having a Midtown Sidewalk Sale. Acacia will have some glassware and such for sale, along with a wine tasting from noon to 1 p.m. and crab cake sandwiches to-go from 11:30 to 1 (or until they sell out). Neghbors Bohland and Graham, The Clothes Rack, Re-Cycles and U-Fab will also be participating.

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Gandzee offers seasonal collections for boys and girls.
Like many busy moms, Jen Nomberg struggled with finding the perfect wardrobe for her two kids. For a few years, a cousin gave her bins of hand-me-down clothes that were color-coordinated and seasonal, but eventually that stopped. “I was always trying to get my kids ready for the upcoming seasons, and I just didn’t have the right pieces and parts,” she says.

She figured other moms probably had similar problems, and started Gandzee about a year ago. Nomberg now goes to markets and selects collections for boys and girls for each season. The collections of eight, six or four pieces are chosen from a variety of clothing lines to mix, match and coordinate without any hassle (pieces can also be purchased separately). “The looks go from top-to-bottom and are meant to be interchanged,” she says. “Kids are like little adults — they like to feel unique and express themselves.” The clothes Nomberg selects are also play-proof. In order to make it into a collection, a piece of clothing must be stylish, comfortable and durable.

Gandzee is primarily sold online, but for a week starting on Saturday, the brand will be holding a pop-up shop at Short Pump Town Center next to Build-a-Bear. “People can really see how everything goes together,” Nomberg says.

And, if you head out to Short Pump for some kid-friendly shopping over the weekend, drop by the grand reopening of Buttons & Bows, which is taking place Saturday and Sunday. New owner Amanda Ayers is ready to welcome Richmond, and is hosting all kinds of events. There’ll be pictures with the Easter Bunny from 2 to 4 p.m. both days, and you can make an appointment with silhouette artist Lilli Wills on Saturday if you call the store. Shop all weekend, and pick an egg at the checkout for a chance to save up to 50 percent off your purchase. Plus, if you bring one non-perishable food item to donate to FeedMore, you’re guaranteed at least 20 percent off your purchase.

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Need Supply Co. is moving out old inventory and making room for summer — meaning it's your chance to score big on hipster-chic styles. Today through Wednesday at midnight, shoppers will get get an extra 30 percent off all sale items in-store and online with the code EXTRA30.

"Our sale section is chock full of gems," says spokeswoman Molly Szkotak.

I did a quick scan and caught some great deals from local jewelrs giantLION and Maslo Jewelry, as well as some dangerously tempting shoe discounts. Shop early, because the best items and most common sizes will go fast.
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