I’m a bit woozy with all of the holiday shopping party invitations that keep cropping up. For someone who loves, LOVE to shop for gifts, and considers it a rather a hobby, I had no idea that so many local shops created such festive, fetching events to make it extra enjoyable. Once again, these aren’t sales or coupon-required bonanzas. They are a chance for you to experience quaint stores all glittery for the holidays, beautiful, interesting merchandise, and the creative, amazing women behind them. I love my job.
Clutch Boutique and il Vostro Boutique
These two France Ave. shops are both open late until 9 p.m. on Thursday nights in December! Hor d’oeuvres and beverages from 5-9 p.m. In addition, Clutch is hosting two trunk shows.
This Thursday features local jewelry designer KimMarie . I adore her delicate, classic, chain necklaces. They instantly glam-up a simple sweater.
It’s no secret that I heart Nelle handbags. And Laura Nelli is an absolute doll with the greatest eye for design and detail. She’s introducing her holiday clutches on Dec. 13 from 6-9 p.m. I want every single sweet one.
This Linden Hills gem is also hosting a special event this Thursday, Dec. 6. Enjoy holiday treats, 15% off non-sale items, and the warm-fuzzy feeling of knowing that a portion of proceeds will be donated to charity. 2812 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, 612-922-9450.
Sequin Jewelry Sample Sale
Minnesota natives and sisters Linda and Kim Renk are behind this glitterati. They sell their shiny stuff at Henri Bendel, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, but for three days this week you can shop these red-carpet-worthy pieces for 50 percent to 80 percent off retail prices (which range from $40 to $300).
International Market Square, 275 Market St., Suite 524
Thurs. Dec. 6, 2007, noon – 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 7, 2007, noon – 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 8, 2007, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.