Shain GalleryEmerging young artist Josh Brown will host a show 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Known best for his amusing artwork of animals, the 20-year-old will showcase 20 new paintings including zebras, donkeys, ostriches, elephants and more. Meet the artist while perusing his pieces. • Shain Gallery 2823 Selwyn Ave. 704-334-7744 www.shaingallery.com.SouthPark Mall Celebrate the last few days of summer at SouthPark Mall’s annual Back-to-School event noon-2 p.m. Aug. 17. Kids can participate in beach-inspired crafts and activities including lei races, limbo and sand art. Take a peek at the popular picks in clothing, accessories and toys for tots to tweens. • SouthPark Mall 4400 Sharon Road. www.simon.com/kidgits.Green Jeans Consignment SaleScore some sweet steals on designer digs, boutique brands and gently worn wears at the semi-annual Green Jeans Consignment Sale. The four-day sale Aug. 15-18 will feature brands such as Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Milly, J. Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT and more. Times vary per day; see website for details. • Green Jeans Consignment Sale Queens University Sports Complex 2229 Tyvola Road 704-650-8126 www.greenjeanssale.com.1 Stop Mail ShopThe 1 Stop Mail Shop closed June 7 after 15 years. Established in 1989, the Arboretum-based business offered shipping and packaging services as well as retail items. Lollipop Papers, which operated out of the store, will continue to offer cards, gift items and more through the website www.lollipoppapers.com.Brilliant Sky Toys & BooksHook your child up with a free class on (rainbow) looming – the latest rage for school-aged kids. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books will offer free classes for kids to advance their bracelet making skills. Beginner classes will be held Aug. 7 and 14. Advanced classes include Aug. 8, when participants will tackle the Double Rhombus Pattern; Aug. 15 is a Raindrop Pattern. All classes will be held from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at no charge. Reservations are requested.• Brilliant Sky Toys & Books 9882-G Rea Road 704-542-5145 www.brilliantskytoys.com.Fresh BoutiqueBehold boutique bargains at the annual blowout sale Aug. 2-3. Held at Avalilly’s, Fresh Boutique’s sister store, merchandise from the Myers Park boutique will all be priced to sell. Score steals on Heather Hawkins handbags, basics from Michael Stars and Velvet, Alice & Trixie and more. Clothing and accessories will all be priced at $10, $20, $39, $59 and $79. Shop early for the best deals.• Avalilly’s (Fresh Boutique’s sister store - where the sale will be held) 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius www.avalillys.com.Beadlush Crafty consumers can look forward to a bigger Beadlush. After 10 years in business, the bead shop was bursting at the seams. Owner Lydia Stern found a gem of a space across the street from their old location, with space to spare. The store can now offer vendor booths featuring antiques, mixed-media craft supplies, and more. The new boutique is nestled within the former Church of Christ sanctuary (circa 1952); FazioArt Custom Frame and Supply is below in the basement. Workspace and beading classes will continue; weaving, paper crafts, metal smithing and more classes and workshops will be added later in the year. • Beadlush 1212 The Plaza 704-376-3331 www.beadlush.com.The Spice Shop Sharpen your spice skills with a Spice 101 class, available for groups of 5-25. Learn the ins and outs of spices, including storage, cooking tips and recipes. Cost is $5 per person. Also, gifted gardeners won’t want to miss the Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Class Aug. 8. The 6:30 p.m. class will be led by Chef Aaron Hiner of modPALEO. Participants will learn how to make tomato dishes including tomato salad, gazpacho and pale fried green tomatoes. Cost is $20 per person.• The Spice Shop Atherton Mill 2000 South Blvd. Suite 150 980-225-5419 www.savoryspiceshop.com.
Friday, Jul. 26, 2013
Charlotte’s Back-to-school shopping begins
Kiran Dodeja Smith is a freelance writer. Have retail news or a story idea for Kiran? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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