Shopping Guide: August 2-9

251 First launches: The Minnesota-based, online-only lighting and home furnishings retailer Bellacor has just debuted its first in-house brand, 251 First. The new line fuses quality and value into one, highlighting trendy and classic pieces alike all for a reasonable price. Minnesota Monthly readers can take advantage of an exclusive offer for an additional 15 percent off all 251 First products with the code “MNMONTHLY251,” valid now through August 14. (

August 4-7: Veronica Beard Pop-up: Grethen House hosts a pop-up featuring the fall 2016 collection by New York label Veronica Beard, known for its superior tailoring, quality, and fit. Pieces will be available for purchase during the pop-up weekend only. (August 4 at North Loop location, 212 Third Ave. N, Suite 109, Minneapolis; and August 5-7 at Edina location, 4930 France Ave. S., Edina,

August 4: mandybymandy Trunk Show: Shop the new line of handmade jewelry by Minneapolis-based maker Mandy Toomey while enjoying sips and snacks. (6-8 p.m. Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-345-7391,,

August 5: Ciel Loft & Home Grand Opening: The eclectic, globally inspired home store celebrates the grand opening of its new flagship location, across the street from its former digs on Excelsior Boulevard. (4415 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-922-2747,

August 6: Art of Optiks Grand Opening: The upscale eyewear store celebrates the opening of their new 50th and France location. (6-9 p.m., 4999 France Ave. S., Suite 140, Edina, 612-440-2020,

August 6: I AM Back to School: Young women between the ages of 10 and 18 and their families are invited to this empowering back-to-school event, which includes pop-up shopping, video and photo booths, a fashion show, giveaways, and influential speakers. (5-8 p.m. $5-$10. Machine Shop Minneapolis, 300 Second St. SE, Minneapolis,

August 7: Idun + Hackwith Design House Studio Sale: Shop previous-season goods from St. Paul women’s clothing boutique Idun at markdowns of up to 70 percent, including brands Rachel Comey, 7115 by Szeki, Emerson Fry, and Samuji, plus previous-season goods from St. Paul-based clothing line Hackwith Design House. (2-6 p.m. Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia St., Suites 310 & 314, St. Paul)

August 7: Minneapolis Craft Market: Inspired by London’s street markets, this weekly open-air market showcases handmade goods by a rotating lineup of Minnesota makers. This week’s roster includes fair-trade goods by Fair Anita, handbags by Strey Designs, and jewelry inspired by natural materials by True Terre Designs, plus a pop-up brunch from Butcher Salt, Peeps Hotbox, Dogwood Coffee and Sssdude-Nutz donuts. Read Minnesota Monthly style editor Jahna Peloquin’s interview with founder Hayley Matthews-Jones. (Noon-6 p.m. Able Seedhouse & Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis,

August 7: The 2016 Polo Classic: This annual event presented by Polo for Philanthropy includes a hat competition and parade, divot stomp, a fine art galleria, live and silent auctions, a classic car show, and men’s and women’s polo matches, benefiting the American Heart Association in Minnesota. Read Minnesota Monthly style editor Jahna Peloquin’s style profile on Polo Classic philanthropist John Faricy from the August issue of the magazine. (11 a.m.-5 p.m. $35-$125. Twin City Polo Club, 6755 Turner Rd., Maple Plain,

Ongoing sales:

BlackBlue Summer Sale: Take 60 percent off men’s and women’s clothing both in-store and online. (Ends August 5, 614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-283-8391,

Hackwith Design House Summer Sale: Take 30 percent off site-wide handmade women’s apparel by the Minnesota brand—including limited-edition items, basics, swim, bridal, plus-size, and “Makers Alongide” goods—with code “SUMMER16” at now through August 14. Plus, shop Hackwith’s ongoing online sample sale. (Summer sale discount not valid on sample sale items.)

Summer Sale at Martin Patrick 3: Take 40 percent off select summer apparel, plus 60 to 80 percent off spring collections in the sale room. (212 Third Ave. N., Suite 106, Minneapolis, 612-746-5329,

Willful Summer Clearance Sale: Take up to 40 percent off handcrafted home goods from Minneapolis brand Willful, both in the Willful showroom and online. (319 W. 48th St., Minneapolis,

J.W. Hulme Co. Summer Sale: Take advantage of final reductions of 50 percent off all sale styles from the Minnesota heritage accessories brand online. (

Gus Modern Summer Sale at ROAM Furniture & Lighting: Receive 20 percent off all upholstered sofas, ottomans, beds and more during the Gus* Modern Summer Sale through August 14. (2914 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-377-6465,

70% Off Sale at Grethen House: The designer boutique’s semi-annual clearance sale is its biggest of the year. Head to the store’s Edina location at 50th & France for the largest discounts of the season on brands such as MM6 Maison Margiela, Megan Park, Public School, and Organic by John Patrick. (4930 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-8725,

70% Off Sale at Pumpz & Co.: Take 70 percent off select spring and summer styles and the designer shoe and accessories boutique. (3335 Galleria, Edina, 952-926-2252,

50% Off Sale at Poppy: Take 50 percent off hundreds of summer styles at both Poppy locations. (251 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-728-1694, and 4301 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-719-7636,

Equation Semi-Annual Clearance: Save 30 to 70 percent on select items both in-store and online during Equation’s Semi-Annual Clearance sale, featuring deals on home goods and unique gifts. (5045 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, 952-567-7399,

Bumbershute Summer Sale: Take up to 70 percent off spring and summer merchandise at the women’s designer clothing boutique. (5014 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-475-2684,

Melly’s Annual Summer Sale: Take 30 to 75 percent off on brands including Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade New York, Diane von Furstenberg, and more, online and in-store. (3327 Galleria, Edina, 952-929-9252,

The Orange Sale at Mona Williams: The locally owned designer retailer’s Mall of America location is offering 40 percent off designer vintage from brands including Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, St. John, and Yves Saint Laurent, plus 30 percent off select new apparel by Majestic Filatures and Autumn Cashmere plus 60 percent off Baum und Pferdgarten and Peter Jensen. (Mall of America, 132 West Market, Bloomington, 952-854-1228,

Summer Sale at D.NOLO: Select summer styles at North Loop co-op D.NOLO are now as much as 70 percent off. (219 N. Second St., Minneapolis, 612-584-3244,