Shopping News: Here's your chance to dress like a star
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Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010

Shopping News: Here's your chance to dress like a star

With prom season quickly approaching, there is a rush to buy that special dress that will dazzle on the dance floor. One store in Stonecrest shopping center is offering last-minute savings for those who are still searching.

May 1 -May 16, Reign Fine Apparel will have a sale with 10 percent off all prom attire including noted brands such as Jovani, Tony Bowls and Sherri Hill.

There are also cocktail dresses starting at $99 for prom or special events.

Also, Reign is going to start selling Dalia MacPhee Couture gowns. Dalia MacPhee gowns have been seen on the red carpet at the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. Celebrities including Heidi Klum, Style Network's Niecy Nash and Dancing with the Stars' co-host, Samantha Harris have all been spotted wearing these dresses.

They are noted to have "old world Hollywood glamour with a nouveau twist" and will sell for $250 to $750. This is an opportunity to dress like the stars.

Visit Reign Fine Apparel online at www.reignfineapparel.com or visit the store: 7808-E Rea Road, 704-543-0370.

Emerson Joseph

Emerson Joseph of Ballantyne Village is a men's-only grooming salon that is part social club (they offer memberships with exclusive perks) and part day spa. The salon was recently rated in the Top 30 Men's Salons & Barbershops of Men's Health magazine.

Women are not allowed, so when girlfriends or wives are getting pampered elsewhere, their men can escape to Emerson Joseph's first location Uptown on South Tryon Street or the newer location in Ballantyne Village.

The atmosphere is masculine with flat-screen televisions, pool tables and dark woods. The company's tagline is "Honor the man in the mirror" and that is easy to do with services such as haircuts, color, straight razor shaves and spa treatments.

Other services include shoes shines, custom tailoring, a concierge service and access to "Speakeasy" meeting rooms for an additional charge. The salon has the feel of an upscale bar. Beer is served. For information, www.emersonjoseph.com. 7 04 -369-5181.

Carmen Carmen

Carmen Carmen salon and spa, located off of Johnston Road in Ballantyne, has installed a Gourmet Giving automated coffee maker, where customers can get a coffee-house style beverage for a fraction of the cost. Coffees such as lattes, cappuccinos, and mochaccinos can be purchased for $1.25, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Susan B. Komen for the Cure and Haiti relief funds. Since the Gourmet Giving machine opened in 2009, the salon has raised $597 for their charities. Ballantyne Commons Shopping Center, 704- 540-5640.

Krysta Johnson is a freelance writer in south Charlotte. Have shopping news or story ideas for Krysta? E-mail her at johnson.krysta@gmail.com.

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