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The Cheeky Bean

The Ballantyne boutique recently opened its second location in Morrison, across from Earth Fare. SouthPark shoppers can find designs by Peace Love World, Greylin, Charlie Jade, I Madeline, Loren Hope and more. New shipments arrive daily, and quantities are limited. Look for an official grand opening in October; in the meantime, shop the spot from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

•  The Cheeky Bean

720 Governor Morrison St., Suite 160

704-364-2288

www.thecheekybean.com.

Charlotte Fashion Week

From suits to stilettos and bridal gowns to recycled wears, Charlotte Fashion Week’s five-day event Sept. 10-14 showcases Charlotte’s fashion and flair. See and be seen at each night’s event. Fashion shows include The Bridal Evening, Suits and Stilettos, Emerging Designer’s Competition, and a Fashion Finale. Each event will be held at a different location and tickets can be purchased separately.

•  Charlotte Fashion Week

www.charlottefashionweek.com.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

Blakeney has been home to BSTB for five years and in honor of the anniversary, it is offering 5 percent off every item for September. Score deals before the holiday rush; all Melissa & Doug items will also be 25 percent off during the month.

• Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

9882-G Rea Road

704-542-5145

www.brilliantskytoys.com.

FRESH Boutique

The ladies at FRESH Boutique are celebrating 13 years in business, hosting a Heather Hawkins Trunk Show. Hawkins, a Charlotte native, will show her leather jewelry and handbags, which have gained national attention and are all designed and made in the U.S. View her latest Gold Dagger Collection Sept. 19 - 21, including limited additions of her semi-precious collection of earrings at FRESH.

•  FRESH Boutique

813 Providence Road

704-343-9071

www.shopfreshboutique.com.

Girls’ Night Out

Girls who just wanna have fun won’t want to miss the free evening of shopping, entertainment, food and giveaways to be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12. The event will kick off . with special offerings, prize drawings, makeovers and food sampling. Check out the in-store events and other community organizations as well. No reservations needed; event is free and open to the public.

• SouthPark Mall (Center Court)

4400 Sharon Road

http://on.fb.me/16dj65c.

Graper Cosmetic Surgery

Get gorgeous or just take in tips at the seventh annual Day of Beauty event at Graper Cosmetic Surgery. Receive a free mini-consultation, free computer imaging and free UV skin analysis in addition to saving on peels, laser treatments, injectables, skin care products and more. Free goodie bags will be given to the first 100 people; door prizes and refreshments will also be served.

•  Graper Cosmetic Surgery

2915 Coltsgate Road

704-375-7111

www.grapercosmeticsurgery.com.

Pike Nurseries

Budding gardeners can get educated on choosing and caring for autumn gardens at the free Gardening for Beginners Class 10 a.m. Sept. 14. •  Pike Nurseries

12630 N. Community House Road

704-341-7453

www.pikenursery.com.

Fiore Boutique

SouthPark Mall recently debuted Fiore Boutique. The 1,695-square-foot store is next to White House Black Market and boasts a vintage feel in its offerings, including jewelry, clothes and home decor. Expect pieces from well-known brands including Lilly Pulitzer, Glory Haus and Waxing Poetic.

•  Fiore Boutique

4400 Sharon Road

704-364-3811

Vans

Snowboarding, skateboarding and other action sports fans will want to know about the new store opening at SouthPark Mall. The iconic, Southern California-based action sports footwear company recently opened a signature store, occupying 2,914 square feet near California Pizza Kitchen. Featuring footwear, apparel and accessories, the brand is best known for combining classic style with modern design, comfort and technology and is often featured in the best board shops around the world.

•  Vans

4400 Sharon Road

704-364-3811

www.vans.com.

Kiran Dodeja Smith is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Kiran? Email her at kdodeja@me.com.
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